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This time, the Lightning power play contains some power

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This time, there was power to power play.

This time, the goal was plenty wide enough.

This time, the Lightning took advantage of its opportunities.

It’s amazing the difference one game can make. In its previous loss to Vancouver, the Tampa Bay Lightning was one-for-10 on its power play. Against Columbus, however, Tampa Bay scored on three of eight chances in a 5-2 win.

Captain Steven Stamkos scored two power-play goals in a 32-second span in the second period to lead the win. Also scoring for Tampa Bay were Mike Blundin, Nikita Nesterov and Jason Garrison.

Goaltender Ben Bishop made 30 saves for the Lightning.

Tampa Bay has a difficult week ahead. It plays Monday against Montreal, Wednesday against New York, and Saturday against Minnesota.

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 garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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