TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Martin St. Louis scored with 2:35 left in overtime as the Tampa Bay Lightning overcame a two-goal deficit to post a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Friday night.

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 defenseman 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 9 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.

AP-ES-11-24-06 2239EST

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