Sundqvist Scores 2 Before Injury, Blues Beat Lightning 4-3

Oskar Sundqvist, St Louis Blues, Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA, Fla. — Oskar Sundqvist had two goals before leaving with an injury, and the St. Louis Blues beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 on Wednesday night.

Zach Sanford and Brayden Schenn scored in the third period and Jordan Binnington stopped 32 shots for the Blues. Ivan Barbashev had three assists after going six games without a point.

Sundqvist left in the second with a lower-body injury.

Tampa Bay got goals from Nikita Kucherov, Anthony Cirelli and Brayden Point. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 29 saves.

After Sanford scored the tiebreaker from the right circle at 8:21 of the third, Schenn made it 4-2 at 11:07 on the power play shortly after a 5-on-3 ended.

Point pulled the Lightning to 4-3 at 14:23, also on a power play.

Kucherov opened the scoring 3:53 into the second before Sundqvist scored a short-handed breakaway goal at 5:31 and then put the Blues up 2-1 3:09 later.

Nikita Kucherov Tampa Bay Lightning
Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

Sundqvist has five goals over his last five games.

Cirelli tied it 2-all with 8:21 left in the second when he dove into the crease to poke a loose puck into the net. He has five goals in the last six games.

NOTES

Lightning C Steven Stamkos (lower body) sat out his third straight game but took part in the morning skate. … Blues D Jay Bouwmeester ended a 13-game point drought with an assist on Sundqvist’s short-handed goal. C Tyler Bozak, pointless in eight games, had two assists. … Tampa Bay D Erik Cernak served the first of a two-game suspension for elbowing Buffalo D Rasmus Dahlin on Monday. … Blues D Robert Bortuzzo sat out the second of his four-game suspension for cross-checking Nashville’s Viktor Arvidsson on Saturday. … The teams completed their two-game season series in a nine-day span. The Blues won the other meeting 3-1 in St. Louis last week.

UP NEXT

Blues: Finish a three-game road trip Friday night at Dallas.

Lightning: Play at Washington on Friday night.

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Mark Didtler, The Associated Press

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