Point scores a pair as Bolts beat Blues

by Gary Shelton on January 15, 2023

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Point now has 25 goals./TIM WIRT

Sunday, 4 a.m.

Brayden Point needs a new hat.

Point, the leading goal scorer of the Tampa Bay Lightning, had another two-goal night Saturday night, his sixth of the season. Yet, Point was unable to get the third goal for the hat trick, which he has managed only once in his career.

Point scored the Bolts' first two goals in a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues. That gives him 25 for the season, tied for the 10th in the NHL.

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Vasilevskiy won his 19th game./TIM WIRT

The Bolts, who are just 10-9 on the road this season, won largely because they played the type of third period that coach Jon Cooper has been stressing. The Bolts held the Blues to just seven shots -- and no goals -- in the shutdown period.

Steven Stamkos, despite repeated chances, was unable to score his 500th goal in the win. Stamkos had 11 attempts -- four shots, four misses and three blocked -- as the goal eluded him for another night.

“Everyone was pulling for him," Cooper said. "He had two chances on his last shift with empty net. Stammer's won most of those nights."

Besides Point, Lighting goals came from Alex Killorn and Nick Perbix.

Goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevskiy had 23 saves to run his record to 19-10-1 on the season.

The Bolts play in Seattle at 4 p.m. on Monday afternoon.

Perbix scored before his injury./TIM WIRT

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