TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Defenseman Jassen Cullimore scored the eventual game-winner and Nikolai Khabibulin made 39 saves Thursday night as the Tampa Bay Lightning extended their home winning streak to four games with a 5-2 win over the Atlanta Thrashers.
Cullimore extended Tampa Bay's lead to 3-0 at 9:13 of the second period by sending a rising slap shot over goaltender Milan Hnilicka's glove.
Khabibulin had 33 saves through two periods, but fell just over 11 minutes short of his third shutout in four games. Rookie defenseman Brian Pothier scored his first NHL goal on a slap shot from the right point to end the bid.
The Lightning held opponents scoreless for a franchise-best 118 minutes, 46 seconds. The streak began in the first period of a 3-2 win over Anaheim on Nov. 20.
Rookie Dany Heatley picked up his third goal in five games late in the third period to cut Atlanta's deficit to two goals. Hnilicka made 33 saves, but the Thrashers fell to 1-10
2 in their last 13 road games.