TAMPA, Fla. – Robby Fabbri and Patrik Berglund scored on breakaways and Brian Elliott stopped 37 shots as the St. Louis Blues held on for a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night.
Elliott was superb until Nikita Kucherov scored in the final minute for Tampa Bay, which lost for the third time in four games and had a nine-game home winning streak stopped.
Fabbri scored his 13th goal, beating Ben Bishop with a perfectly-placed shot less than a minute into the second period. Berglund made it 2-0 at 17:41 of the third, scoring unassisted when his shot caromed off Bishop's pads before glancing off Berglund's skate into the net. Officials initially ruled no goal, but overturned the decision after instant replay determined the Blues center did not intentionally kick the puck.
Kucherov scored his team-leading 23rd goal for the Lightning with 52 seconds remaining.
The Blues were outshot 23-14 through two periods, yet led 1-0 after Fabbri skated in alone on Bishop and lifted a shot over the goaltender's left shoulder, giving the rookie goals in consecutive games and a career-best four-game point streak. Paul Stastny assisted and now has 14 points in 13 career games against the Lightning.
The Blues won the first meeting 2-0 in St. Louis on Oct. 27 and the Lightning looked like it might be blanked again when Elliott stopped Braydon Coburn from point-blank range with 14 minutes left, Kucherov two minutes later and finally Alex Killorn wioth just over nine minutes left.
Nevertheless, the St. Louis goalie improved to 6-2-1 in his career against Tampa Bay, which was trying to try a franchise record of 10 consecutive home wins. Sunday's victory — two nights after Elliott had 29 saves in a 5-3 win over the Panthers — also gave the Blues a sweep of their quick Florida road swing.
Bishop finished with 19 saves.
NOTES: Tyler Johnson and Victor Hedman assisted on Kucherov's goal. ... Elliott has played 15 games and gone 9-3-3 since injured Blues goaltender Jake Allen (lower body) was sidelined early last month. He's 5-1-2 on the road. ... The Lightning recalled G Andrei Vasilevskiy from Syracuse and reassigned G Kristers Gudlevskis to the AHL club. ... Hedman moved past Fredrik Modin into 10th place on Tampa Bay's games-played list with 446. ... The Lightning have given up the first goal in five consecutive games. They are 2-3 over that stretch. ... Both teams were 0 for 3 on the power play.