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NHL: Tampa Bay 2, Chicago 0

April 3, 2011 at 9:58 PM   |   Comments

CHICAGO, April 3 (UPI) -- Mike Smith stopped all 31 shots he faced and Vincent Lecavalier scored Sunday in the Tampa Bay Lightning's 2-0 victory over Chicago.

Smith made 13 of his saves in the third period in notching his first shutout of the season and 11th of his career. He is now 12-6-1 for the playoff-bound Lightning.

Lecavalier, stationed to the left of the crease, tapped in a quick pass from Martin St. Louis 7:56 into the first period to give Tampa Bay all the scoring it would need.

Lecavalier, however, left the game in the second period after being hit with a high stick and didn't return.

Nate Thompson added an empty-netter for Bolts, who assured themselves no worse than a fifth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with the victory.

Corey Crawford made only 13 saves for Chicago, which came into the game with a three-point cushion for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot.

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