Marc Denis allowed 3 goals on 17 shots for the loss before being replaced by Johan Holmqvist  who stopped 7 of 7 shots in relief before Florida tacked on a pair of empty net markers. Brad Richards  and Filip Kuba  had the Lightning goals. Jason Ward , Eric Perrin  and Martin St. Louis  added assists.
Four games left in the season and the Lightning no longer control their division title and at night's end they will likely be just 2 points out of 9th place. Oh yeah, and they've got to go on the road and play the defending champions next in Carolina. Heckuva time to start squeezing the sticks too tightly.
If Jason Ward is smart, he'll take less to stay in Tampa and continue playing on Brad Richards' line.
Game sheet from NHL.com .