TAMPA, Fla. – Brad Richards scored the deciding goal in the shootout and John Grahame won his seventh straight decision in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 3-2 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night.

Richards gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead through two rounds of the shootout. Grahame then stopped Mark Bell to give Tampa Bay the victory.

Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier scored for the Lightning, who have won eight of 10.

Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin didn’t play, but got his Stanley Cup ring before the morning skate from Tampa Bay general manager Jay Feaster.

It’s the first time Khabibulin, who signed a four-year, $27 million free-agent contract with the Blackhawks in August, would have faced his old team since he and Tampa Bay beat Calgary in Game 7 of the 2004 Stanley Cup finals.

Khabibulin is scheduled to start Saturday at Florida. Backup Craig Anderson stopped 25 Lightning shots.

Chicago got goals from Brent Seabrook and Bell, who has nine goals and 14 points during an eight-game point streak.

The Blackhawks had a potential go-ahead goal with 11:25 left disallowed following a video review when it was ruled that Matthew Barnaby intentionally redirected the puck into the net with his glove. Duncan Keith also hit the crossbar with 4:24 to go in overtime.

Grahame made 34 saves, including one on Kyle Calder during a 2-on-1 seven minutes into the game. His winning streak is one short of matching the team record of eight set by Khabibulin in 2004.

St. Louis put the Lightning ahead 1-0 during a 5-on-3 power play at 11:25 of the first. He has five goals in eight games since missing two with a broken bone near the tip of his left ring finger.

Seabrook tied it at 1 during a delayed penalty with 1:22 left in the first.

The Lightning went back up 2-1 on Lecavalier’s goal at 12:18 of the second. It was just his second goal in 13 games.

Bell’s goal with 26.9 seconds remaining in the second made it 2-all.

Notes: Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk, who had an assist, played after being hit on the chin by a shot during the morning skate. He sustained a cut that required six stitches to close. … Calder had an assist, giving him nine and 12 points during an eight-game point streak.

AP-ES-12-02-05 2211EST


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