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Stillman pays dividends immediately

10/10/2003

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Cory Stillman made a great first impression.

Stillman had two power-play goals and an assist in his debut
with Tampa Bay on Friday night, leading the Lightning over the
Boston Bruins 5-1.

Stillman, acquired from St. Louis for a 2003 second-round draft
pick last June, opened the scoring just 1:54 into the game and
later made it 3-0 on his second goal at 8:05 of the second period.

"It was a great start for me," Stillman said. "Get an
opportunity on my first shift to play on the power play. Our team
had a great start. We pressured them and we got a lead."

Dmitri Afanasenkov, Brad Richards and Tim Taylor had the other
Tampa Bay goals.

P.J. Axelsson scored for Boston.

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.

Stillman scored from the low slot following a drop pass by
Vincent Lecavalier.

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
Raycroft.

Game notes
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.