Game Report: Lightning 2, Blues 1

What started out as a great road trip for the Blues ended poorly on Saturday night in Tampa, Fla.

After starting the four-game trip with consecutive wins in New York, the Blues lost the last two games in Florida to end the trip with a 2-2 record.

Tampa goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy shut out the Blues until Vladimir Tarasenko scored with just 3:23 left in the third period.

The goal was the fourth of the season for Tarasenko, who scored after he was inserted onto the line with Jaden Schwartz and Brayden Schenn, both of whom earned assists on the play.

Jake Allen stopped 25 of 27 shots by the Lightning, allowing a power-play goal by Tyler Johnson midway through the second period, after the Blues were called for having too many men on the ice, and a goal by Nikita Kuchero in the third period after he slipped behind Colton Parayko and came in alone on goal.

The Blues had a late chance to come up with the tying goal when Tampa was called for high-sticking with 49 seconds to play. With Allen out of the net, the Blues had a 6-on-4 advantage but could not come up with the tying goal.

Worth noting: The Blues were 0-of-3 on the power play while the Lightning converted once on their two chances … The Blues had 15 shots on goal in the first period but just 14 over the final 40 minutes, many of those coming right at the end of the game … Through their first six games, the Blues have had goals from only four of their forwards – Tarasenko, Schwartz, Schenn and Paul Stastny … Sammy Blais made his NHL debut and played just over 17 minutes and registering two shots on goal. He took the roster spot of Tage Thompson, who was optioned to the American Hockey League on Friday.

Looking ahead: The Blues will be back home on Wednesday night to play the Chicago Blackhawks for the first time this season, then will go back on the road for their next two games.