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Lecavalier scores in shootout as Tampa Bay edges the Kings 3-2

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Lecavalier scores in shootout as Tampa Bay edges the Kings 3-2

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Lecavalier and Blair Jones scored first-period goals for the Lightning, who have won 11 of 13. Tampa Bay took the shootout 3-1. Los Angeles defenceman Mike Weaver, playing in his 123rd career game, scored his first two NHL goals in the third. The Kings, who have the worst record in the Western Conference, are 2-8-3 over their last 13 games.

Weaver cut Los Angeles' deficit to 2-1 at 1:13 of the third. He tied it on a shot from the blue-line with 12:19 left in the period.

Lecavalier put the Lightning ahead 1-0 during a power play at 2:23 of the first. Jones made it 2-0 on his first NHL goal at 4:18.

Los Angeles goalie Sean Burke, who was playing for the Lightning's AHL team in Springfield before being claimed on waivers Jan. 18 by the Kings, stopped 27 shots.

Tampa Bay's Johan Holmqvist made 29 saves. He has allowed just one goal in 17 shootout attempts this season.

Kings centre Michael Cammalleri missed the game with what team officials called a muscle strain. No other details regarding the injury that sidelined the Kings' second-leading scorer (22 goals and 51 assists in 55 games) were provided.

Notes: Jones has appeared in 10 NHL games, all this season. . . . Lightning LW Ruslan Fedotenko (flu) didn't play. . . . The Kings have been outscored 65-45 in the first period this season. . . . Tampa Bay captain Tim Taylor returned after missing the past three games with the flu.

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