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NHL: Tampa Bay 4, Atlanta 1

Jan. 4, 2009 at 7:59 PM

ATLANTA, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Tampa Bay jumped ahead early and got two goals from Martin St. Louis Sunday en route to a 4-1 win over the Atlanta Thrashers.

Steve Eminger opened the scoring 2:48 into the opening period and the Lightning built a 4-0 lead on St. Louis's goals and one by Ryan Malone before Atlanta scored with just 22 seconds left in the game.

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Mike Smith made 27 saves for Tampa Bay, which ended a three-game losing streak.

Erik Christensen scored for the Thrashers, who have lost five of their last six contests.

Atlanta goaltender Kari Lehtonen was credited with 31 saves.

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