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The Lightning's Mathieu Joseph, center, celebrates his goal against the New Jersey Devils with teammates Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, left and Victor Hedman, right, during the second period of Thursday's game in Tampa.
As the duo gets more games together under their belt, it is creating short-handed offense for Tampa Bay.
Anthony Cirelli scores the tiebreaking goal in the third to give Tampa Bay a winning start to its three-game homestand.
The most important three-game stretch of the defenseman’s young career included additional ice time, a fight and a critical blocked shot.
The star forward just returned this month after being sidelined for nearly three months with a lower-body injury.

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  1. The Lightning's Mathieu Joseph, center, celebrates his goal against the New Jersey Devils with teammates Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, left and Victor Hedman, right, during the second period of Thursday's game in Tampa.
  2. Lightning center Brayden Point tries to get to the puck and get a shot on net in the first period Thursday against the Devils.
  3. Lightning defenseman Cal Foote has proven he belongs on the ice this season with nearly every playing opportunity, made clearer in his recent three-game west coast trip to Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Jose.
  4. Lightning star forward Nikita Kucherov entered protocol on Tuesday, the team announced, and will miss the next two games.
  5. Lightning goaltender Brian Elliott (1) defends a shot attempt by Sharks center Jasper Weatherby, front left, during the first period of Saturday's game in San Jose.
  6. Lightning center Ross Colton (79) is congratulated by Taylor Raddysh (16) and Boris Katchouk (13) after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks during the third period Saturday.
  7. Ross Colton smiles as he is congratulated by Lightning teammates for his goal against San Jose during the first period Saturday.
  8. The veterans, led by captain Steven Stamkos, have been the cornerstones of the Lightning's success this season.
  9. Lightning center Steven Stamkos, left, and Anaheim defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk vie for the puck during the second period Friday.
  10. Victor Hedman has been a Norris finalist, given to the league’s top defenseman, for five straight years. He will probably make it six in a few months.
  11. Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman celebrates his goal during the first period of Tuesday's win over the Kings in Los Angeles. With the Lightning down to just four defensemen for the game, Hedman played a team high 32:18.
  12. Lightning right wing Corey Perry (10) and Avalanche left wing J.T. Compher (37) scrap during a game in October. The teams will play Feb. 10 in Colorado.
  13. The NHL fined Kings center Phillip Danault $5,000, the maximum allowed by the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for tripping the Lightning's Brayden Point from behind during Tuesday's game in Los Angeles.
  14. Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman celebrates his goal during the third period of Tuesday's game against the Kings in Los Angeles.
  15. Seattle Kraken left wing Jared McCann takes off from center ice to shoot a penalty shot against the Chicago Blackhawks during a game Monday in Seattle. The NHL will stop testing asymptomatic players, coaches and staff who are fully vaccinated following the All-Star break in early February.
  16. Lightning center Steven Stamkos, who will appear in his seventh All-Star Game, is among the league's top scorers this season.
  17. Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, sponsored a bill that would require Florida professional sports teams receiving government money to play the national anthem before every home game.
  18. Lightning defenseman Zach Bogosian is expected to be out two to three weeks with a lower-body injury.
  19. Forward Mathieu Joseph, pictured during a game against the Sabres Tuesday in Buffalo, has played on every Lightning line this season.
  20. Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) watches his shot get past Dallas Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin (35) for a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  21. Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh is back after missing three games.
  22. Flyers goaltender Carter Hart (79), left, looks on as Lightning right wing Corey Perry (10) celebrates a goal along with left wing Pat Maroon (14) and center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (41) during a Nov. 23 game in Tampa.
  23. Steven Stamkos seemed to be a lock for his seventh All-Star Game. Instead, he'll need the fan vote to get in this year.
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