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Tampa Bay Lightning loses to Colorado Avalanche 2-1 in OT

In his second game back from injury, Marty St. Louis assists on the Lightning’s only goal.

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In his second game back from injury, Marty St. Louis assists on the Lightning’s only goal.

DENVER — The effort was much better, but the result was the same for the Lightning.

Matt Duchene scored with 1:22 left in overtime to give the Avalanche a 2-1 win over Tampa Bay on Friday night and spoil a solid rebound game from goalie Mathieu Garon.

Duchene's shot from the left post hit off Garon and into the net. It was the Lightning's first overtime loss in their past five.

Garon finished with 27 saves.

Pavel Kubina scored for Tampa Bay, and Vinny Lecavalier and Marty St. Louis had an assist each.

Tampa Bay had a chance to win it in the first 30 seconds of overtime, but Colorado goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere made a glove save on St. Louis.

The Lightning were coming off one of its worst games of the season, a 7-2 loss at San Jose on Wednesday. It responded with more energy and a quicker start but fell to 6-12-3 on the road heading into the Christmas break.

The Lightning was outshot 14-7 in the third period and overtime.

The Lightning was dominant from the outset, outshooting Colorado 14-5 in the first. The pressure paid off when Kubina used Avalanche forward David Van der Gulik as a screen to get a shot past Giguere to give Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead with 1:51 left.

Garon, who gave up three goals in 6:21 before being pulled against San Jose, looked sharp, though he wasn't tested early. He made two big saves on a power play in the first to keep the Avalanche off the board.

His best save came on T.J. Galiardi's shorthanded breakaway with 1:51 left in regulation.

Garon was good and fortunate. Colorado had opportunities to score, most notably when Paul Stastny was staring at an open net on a shorthanded chance. But the puck skipped over his stick before he could get a shot off.

The Avalanche tied it when Ryan O'Reilly, who moments earlier had hit the crossbar with a shot, scored on a rebound midway through the second period.

The Lightning was playing on its heels but quickly recovered to get the next four shots on goal.

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Tampa Bay Lightning loses to Colorado Avalanche 2-1 in OT 12/23/11 [Last modified: Friday, December 23, 2011 11:47pm]

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