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Martin St. Louis scores 3:25 into overtime as Lightning edge Thrashers 3-2

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Martin St. Louis scores 3:25 into overtime as Lightning edge Thrashers 3-2

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St. Louis picked up a loose puck behind the net before skating into the right circle and scoring the game-winner on a wrist shot. The Lightning forced overtime when Dan Boyle scored his second power-play goal of the game with 20.5 seconds left in the third. Boyle's defected blue-line shot went in off Thrashers defenceman Andy Sutton.

Jason Krog and Steve Rucchin had the Atlanta goals. Kari Lehtonen had preserved a 2-1 lead when he made an outstretched pad save on Vincent Lecavalier during a breakaway with nine minutes to play in the third.

Krog, recalled from Chicago of the AHL before the game, made it 1-0 from in close at 2:37 of the first. He last played in the NHL during the 2003-04 season, recording six goals and 18 points in 80 games with Anaheim.

Rucchin put Atlanta ahead 2-0 at 2:36 of the second. Boyle cut the deficit to 2-1 with a goal during a 5-on-3 power play with 11:17 left in the period.

Tampa Bay's Johan Hedberg stopped 23 shots. Lehtonen had 30 saves.

Notes: Atlanta placed D Steve McCarthy on injured reserve with an upper body injury. He has missed the past six games. ... Tampa Bay has played 12 home games this season, including three against Atlanta. ... Thrashers RW Scott Mellanby served his one-game suspension for an instigator penalty Wednesday. ... Atlanta C Glen Metropolit had an assist, and has three assists and six points during a five-game point streak.

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Martin St. Louis scores 3:25 into overtime as Lightning edge Thrashers 3-2