Lightning strikes again

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The Tampa Bay Lightning is on a roll. The team extended their winning streak to three games by beating the Vancouver Canucks, 3-2.

The Lightning's first draft pick and No.1 overall in June draft, Vincent Lecavalier scored his first NHL goal to tie the game at 1 on a pass from Sandy McCarthy.

"Sandy did all the work. I just had to poke it in," Lecavalier said. "It took me eight games, but I finally got it. It's over now and I'm thinking about the next game."

Wendel Clark tied the game 43 seconds into the third period and with 12:23 left, Jason Cullimore scored the winning goal on a power-play.

"We haven't seen hockey like this in a long time," Tampa Bay coach Jacques Demers said. "Everybody participated in this win -- every single player did what they had to do."

Vancouver defenseman Mattias Ohlund scored both goals for the Canucks. He opened scoring in the first period and gave the Canucks a 2-1 lead in the second period.

"I'm really disappointed in the fact we had an opportunity to step forward here," Canucks coach Mike Keenan said. "That's what separates the very, very good teams in league from the average teams. We had a chance to win the game, but we played a team that was much more determined than we were."

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