It was an even game until the Lightning went on a power play after a delay-of-game call against Niklas Hjalmarsson, who shot the puck into the stands from his own zone.
After a faceoff win, the Lightning worked the puck down low where Martin St. Louis centered it to Vincent Lecavalier who had great position on defenseman Brent Seabrook. Lecavalier had an easy tap-in.
The Hawks didn’t have many good scoring chances in the first period, managing seven shots on net. Tampa Bay had only four.