Steven Stamkos sniped 3 goals in leading Tampa Bay to a 5-2 win over Atlanta on Friday at Philips Arena.
Bettors who backed the Lightning were rewarded as +113 underdogs at sportsbooks. Over-Under bettors saw the total score go OVER the closing total of 6.
Steven Stamkos (3), Brett Clark, and Vincent Lecavalier each scored for the Lightning in the victory. Clark opened the scoring for Tampa Bay, finding the back of the net at 3:10 of the first period. The goal was assisted by Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos.
Mike Smith turned in a 28-save effort for the Lightning.
Atlanta got goals from Jim Slater and Dustin Byfuglien in the loss, but it wasn't enough.
Atlanta got a 15-stop effort from Peter Mannino in the loss.
On the power play, Tampa Bay went 2-for-6, while the Thrashers were 1-for-8 with the man advantage.
Atlanta lost the shots on goal battle to Tampa Bay by a margin of 33-30.
Tampa Bay heads into a battle against the Predators. Atlanta, meanwhile, will have their next action against Washington.