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The St. Louis Blues welcomed back their hometown fans with a 4 to 2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Ryan Miller’s home debut for the Blues was a success and he was given a warm welcome by Blues’ fans as he stopped 15 of 17 shots.
St. Louis went down early, 2 to 0, heading into the second period but they appeared unfazed by the deficit. The Blues came out firing in the second period and controlled the puck, which lead to Patrik Berglund giving the Blues their first goal of the night at 3:32 into the period. Before the second period expired T.J. Oshie scored a short handed goal to tie the game up at two.
Both teams came out ready to battle in the third period but the Blues came out on top. Alexander Steen scored at 3:47 into the period to put the Blues up by one goal. The Tampa Bay Lightning even pulled their goalie in the final minutes of the game to try and tie the game up, but the Blues puck possession was strong all night, and capitalizing on turnovers in their own defensive zone, led the Blues’ Vladimir Tarasenko to score an empty net goal at 19:21 into the final period. With this victory, the Blues are now back on top of the Central Division with 88 points. The Blues face Central Division rivals, the Nashville Predators, at 7PM (CST) in St. Louis at the Scottrade Center.