Despite a right foot injury that forced him to use a golf cart Wednesday to get around the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Marty St. Louis played Thursday night against the Wild.
The captain, who was hit with a Drew Doughty slap shot Tuesday against the Kings and wore a walking boot for two days, showed no ill effects, just another thing that has gone right for Tampa Bay, which beat the Wild 3-1.
Steven Stamkos' fifth goal with 5:04 left in the third period on a breakaway sparked by Matt Carle's perfect pass broke a 1-1 tie and gave Tampa Bay (5-2-0) its fifth win in six games.
The goal also capped a third period in which the Lightning had an 13-2 shot advantage, 30-26 in the game.
Ben Bishop improved to 5-0-0 with 25 saves and outdueled Wild goalie Josh Harding, who entered with a league-best 0.94 goals-against average.
The inclusion of St. Louis in the lineup prompted some lineup shifts. Brett Connolly, called up from AHL Syracuse in case St. Louis couldn't play, was in the game. Pierre-Cedric Labrie was scratched for the first time this season.
The Lightning had a 1-0 lead after one period. It probably should have been 2-0, but a way-too-quick whistle by a referee negated a Valtteri Filppula goal as he whacked at a puck Harding did not cover.
Filppula was the catalyst on Tyler Johnson's power-play goal with a nice play after he gathered a rebound at the right side of the net. About to shoot, he pulled the puck back when the defense converged and made a cross-slot pass to Johnson, who scored with 5:58 remaining.
The second period, which ended with Minnesota holding a 24-17 shot advantage, was dominated by the goaltenders.
Bishop had a stretch of 1:06 when he made six saves in two scrambling sets of three in which he used his legs and stick. In the first he stopped Jared Spurgeon, Marco Scandella and Mikko Koivu in rapid succession. Next it was Dany Heatley and Mikael Granlund twice.
Harding, though, topped them all with a left-leg save on Stamkos at the end of a two-on-one with Alex Killorn, who got the puck with a steal at the Lightning blue line. As Killorn reached the Wild net, he quickly passed to Stamkos, who was stopped as Harding, lunging forward, somehow got the back of his left leg on the puck.
Minnesota tied the score 1-1 with 8:55 left in the third period on Mikko Koivu's goal at the end of a sequence that began with Filppula's offensive zone giveaway.