Stillman's first-period goal from the slot came off a pass from
behind the net by Martin St. Louis.
"You can see that he's a smart player and he's a real confident
player," Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said. "It's good for him
to jump right in and produce. I think that helps a player join in
with the team."
Tampa Bay broke it open with three second-period goals.
The Lightning went up 2-0 on when Afanasenkov scored on a
rebound at 2:52.
Richards extended the lead to 4-0 on Tampa Bay's third
power-play goal of the game at 15:51. Richards also had two assists
and has 201 points in 245 career games.
"We wanted to do what we did and play our game," Richards
said. "We caused penalties tonight ... penalties after penalties
because of hard work and we capitalized."
The Lightning went 3-for-7 on the power play. Boston failed in
it's three opportunities.
"Our penalty killing has to be better ... our special teams has
to be better," Boston coach Mike Sullivan said. "It wasn't good
enough tonight. We have to find a way to be better."
Axelsson ended Tampa Bay goalie Nikolai Khabibulin's bid for his
33rd career shutout with 9:50 left in the third period.
The Lightning got the goal back when Taylor scored at 12:33.
Boston goalie Felix Potvin was pulled after allowing four goals
on 20 shots through two periods. He was replaced by Andrew
The Lightning unveiled their 2002-03 Southeast Division
championship banner during pregame ceremonies. It's Tampa Bay's
first division title. ... Boston scratched LW Michal Grosek, C P.J.
Stock and D Milan Jurcina for the second straight game.
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Arena: Tampa Bay Times Forum Location: Tampa, Florida
Referees: Don Koharski, Ian Walsh Linesmen: Jonny Murray, Stephane Provost
Attendance: 20,454 (103.5% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Cory Stillman (1)
(Power Play) Assists: Martin St. Louis, Brad Richards
Goal scored by Dmitry Afanasenkov assisted by Vincent Lecavalier and Ruslan Fedotenko
Cory Stillman (2)
(Power Play) Assists: Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards
Brad Richards (1)
(Power Play) Assists: Cory Stillman, Dan Boyle
P.J. Axelsson (0)
Assists: Mike Knuble, Brian Rolston
Tim Taylor (0)
Assists: Dave Andreychuk, Jassen Cullimore