Game Report: Lightning 5, Blues 2

The Blues’ hopes for a strong finish before the Christmas break started off strong Thursday night before fading away.

Goals by David Perron and Wade Megan, making his NHL debut, gave the Blues a 2-0 first-period lead over the Lightning but they allowed five unanswered goals over the final two periods, including an empty-netter, to lose the final game before the break.

Goalie Jake Allen also had to leave the game with just a couple of minutes left with an apparent lower-body injury but coach Ken Hitchcock said after the game that Allen would be fine.

The loss kept the Blues from winning consecutive games on the road this season. They had won 3-2 in overtime in Dallas on Tuesday night.

Perron got the Blues off to a good start when he intercepted a pass in front of the Tampa net and scored at 14:11 of the first period. Just 32 seconds later, Megan pounced on the rebound of a shot by Ryan Reaves for his first career goal, coming on his first shot in the NHL.

That turned out to be the extent of the Blues’ offense for the night, however. They had just four shots on goal in the second period, when the Lightning tied the game on goals by Brian Boyle, on the power play, and Michael Bournival, both off deflections.

Alex Killorn broke the tie 5:11 into the third period before Jonathan Drouin added an insurance goal with 1:40 left in the game and an empty-net goal in the closing seconds.

Allen suffered his apparent injury on Drouin’s first goal when he attempted to dive back across the net to make a safe.

Of note: Megan had played 239 career games in the minor leagues before he was recalled from Chicago of the AHL on Thursday to replace Paul Stastny, who was placed on injured reserve with an upper-body injury suffered in Tuesday night’s game. Because of the Christmas break, Stastny is only expected to miss the one game …. Megan became the fourth current Blues player to score in his NHL debut, joining Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Tarasenko and Robby Fabbri … The Lightning will be without goalie Ben Bishop, a native of St. Louis, for an estimated three to four weeks because of an injury he suffered on Tuesday night against Detroit ... Alex Pietrangelo was back in the Blues’ lineup after missing Tuesday night’s game because of illness.

Looking ahead:
After the break the Blues will return to action on Dec. 28, hosting the Philadelphia Flyers at Scottrade Center.