Cedric Paquette Brace Propels Tampa Bay Lightning


Nov 6, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Calgary Flames left wing Lance Bouma (17) runs into the boards as Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) skates with the puck during the first period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Cedric Paquette scored his first two career NHL goals as the Tampa Bay Lightning completed their four-game home stand with a 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames.

Paquette got his first goal 9:55 into the first period. After Jiri Hudler tied the game before the end of the period, Paquette restored the Bolts’ (9-3-1) lead 1:01 into the second when he buried a loose puck to bag his second of the game.

Brian Boyle made it 3-1 3:01 later with a short handed goal after he created a turnover and buried his own rebound on a breakaway.

Sean Monahan pulled the Flames (8-5-2) to within a goal again just 21 seconds later with a power play marker but Tyler Johnson would restore the two-goal lead 40 seconds into the third period when he buried Nikita Kucherov’s centering pass from behind the net.

Valtteri Filppula added an empty netter to seal the win.

Ben Bishop made 29 saves while Jonas Hiller stopped 28 shots.

Defenseman Antan Stralman left the game in the second period but did return in the third. The Bolts failed to convert on their lone power play opportunity while the Flames scored once on four chances.

The Lightning begins a brief, but tough, three-game road trip Saturday when they take on the Columbus Blue Jackets.