TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Cedric Paquette scored his first two NHL goals as the Tampa Bay Lightning completed a four-game home sweep by beating the Calgary Flames 5-2 on Thursday night.
Tampa Bay also got goals from Brian Boyle, Tyler Johnson and Valtteri Filppula. The Lightning had scored 15 goals during three wins earlier in the homestand against Arizona, Philadelphia and Washington.
Jiri Hudler and Sean Monahan scored for the Flames, who had won three in a row. Mark Giordano had two assists.
After Paquette scored 61 seconds into the second period, Boyle put Tampa Bay up 3-1 at 4:02 on the rebound after Jonas Hiller stopped the forward’s initial shot during a short-handed breakaway.
Monahan’s power-play goal 20 seconds after Boyle scored cut the Calgary deficit to 3-2.
Johnson’s first goal in 12 games made it 4-2 at 40 seconds of the third. The center had 13 assists over the previous nine games.
Filppula added an empty-net goal with 2:10 to play.
Paquette opened the scoring with his first NHL goal from in-close at 9:55 of the first. Hudler tied it at 1-1 when he beat Ben Bishop with 4:38 left in the period.
NOTES: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman attended the game and said the league is “keeping our eye” on Tampa for future events including the All-Star Game. “We know this is a great place to host events,” Bettman said. … Bettman remains upbeat about the establishment of a hockey World Cup and said talks are continuing with the players’ association. … Tampa Bay D Victor Hedman had the cast for a broken finger removed but could miss three to four more weeks. … Calgary D Ladislav Smid was scratched because of an upper body injury but should play this weekend. … Lightning C Alex Killorn sat out due to an upper body injury. … Tampa Bay D Andrej Sustr returned after missing one game with a hand injury.
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