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Tampa Bay moves back into second place by beating Pittsburgh

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The Tampa Bay Lightning moved back into second place in the Atlantic Division Saturday, taking a routine victory from the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Lightning won 4-2 despite being outshot 39-20.

So which goal impressed you the most? Was it the one by Steven Stamkos, who become the third man in Lightning history to score 300 goals? Or was it Matt Carle, who scored the 13th goal of his career in 701 games?

Stamkos scored the Bolts’ second goal to join Vinny Lecavalier (who had 383 goals in 1,037 games) and Marty St. Louis (who had 365 in 972 games). Stamkos scored his 300 in only 550 games; among current players in the NHL  only Alex Ovechkin of Washington has gotten to 300 at a younger age.

Also scoring for the Lightning was Anton Stralman and Tyler Johnson.

For Tampa Bay, Ben Bishop stopped 37 of 39 shots.

The Lightning won a shaky 6-5 game against Winnipeg, one in which the Lightning players admitted how poorly they had played. But this was a convinging win for a while.

“If you can’t turn the page in this league, you’re in trouble,” said coach Jon Cooper.

The Lightning plays at Carolina tonight.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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