Steven Stamkos sniped 3 goals in leading Tampa Bay to a 5-4 win over Chicago on Friday at St. Pete Times Forum.
Bettors who backed the Lightning were rewarded as -121 favorites at sportsbooks. Over-Under bettors saw the total score go OVER the closing total of 5.5.
Steven Stamkos (3), Vincent Lecavalier, and Brett Connolly each scored for the Lightning in the victory. Stamkos opened the scoring for Tampa Bay, finding the back of the net at 0:15 of the second period. The goal was assisted by Ryan Malone and Marc-Andre Bergeron.
Dwayne Roloson turned in a 28-save effort for the Lightning.
Chicago got goals from Patrick Sharp (2), Marian Hossa, and Dan Carcillo in the loss, but it wasn't enough.
Ray Emery stopped 27 of 32 shots for the Blackhawks, but it wasn't enough to earn the victory.
Tampa Bay scored 1 time on 1 chances on the power play, while Chicago went 1-for-2 with the man advantage.
Next game, Tampa Bay takes its act on the road to face Florida looking for another win. For Chicago, they head home to face Vancouver.