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Lightning Vs. Blue Jackets: Bolts Pull Out 4-2 Win To Close First Half

The Tampa Bay Lightning cruised into the All-Star Break on a positive note last night, beating the Columbus Blue Jackets by a score of 4-2. Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier, Nate Thompson, and Mike Angelidis all had goals for the Bolts.

Just one week ago, a four-game win streak seemed out of the question. The Lightning lost seven games in a row prior to this mini win streak, and they even slipped into last place in the Eastern Conference for a short period of time. But with this surge, the Lightning now have 46 points through 48 games -- putting them in 11th place in the Conference.

Two of the Bolts' four goals last night had an extra significance. The first goal of the game was scored by forward Mike Angelidis, who had just been called up from the Norfolk Admirals (AHL) and was playing in his first NHL game. And Vincent Lecavalier's second-period goal came on the power play, giving the Lightning their first PPG in a long, long time.

The Lightning now have a week off for the All-Star Break. Steven Stamkos will represent the Bolts during the All-Star Game.

For more on last night's game, drop by SB Nation's blog on the Bolts, Raw Charge.

Photographs by, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.