CHICAGO (AP) -- Theo Fleury's second goal in two games with the
Chicago Blackhawks proved to be the game-winner.
Fleury, who had returned from a 25-game suspension last week,
scored a tiebreaking goal with 4:57 left in the third period to
help the Blackhawks defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 Sunday.
Fleury's shot from right wing struck the post and angled in over
the goal line behind Tampa Bay goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin. The
goal came three seconds after a Chicago power play elapsed.
"I just kind of threw it at the net an it went in,'' said
Fleury, who was suspended by the NHL on Oct. 8 for violating terms
of the league's substance abuse aftercare program. "It was just a
few seconds after a power play. I had no idea (the puck went in).
"Not having played for a couple of months, having a couple of
goals is a bonus.''
Fleury also scored in his first game following the suspension, a
4-3 loss to Anaheim on Friday. Chicago coach Brian Sutter suggested
more than luck was involved.
"He didn't just throw it at the net,'' Sutter said. "Where did
it go? It went upstairs. That's where goal-scorers shoot.''
Steve McCarthy scored in the first period for the Blackhawks,
who got an empty-net goal from Igor Korolev.
Jocelyn Thibault made 20 saves for the Blackhawks, who won for
only the third time in nine games.
Khabibulin blocked 35 shots and Martin St. Louis scored a
power-play goal for the Lightning. Tampa Bay has won just one of
"We had a lot of chances in the game,'' Khabibulin said. "I
think we battled hard. We didn't score a second goal and it cost us
McCarthy opened the scoring 2:49 into the first period. His shot
from the left point deflected off Tampa Bay defenseman Cory Sarich
and past Khabibulin.
It was the first goal of the season for McCarthy, who was
recalled from Norfolk of the AHL on Thursday.
St. Louis tied it at 1 with a power-play goal at 5:51 of the
Tampa Bay D Darren Rumble, recalled from Springfield of the
AHL on Saturday, played Sunday. ... St. Louis has eight points
(five goals, three assists) in seven games. ... Sunday's game was
the second in a four-game road trip for the Lightning. ...The
Blackhawks have converted only one of their last 29 power play