Stamkos leads Tampa Bay over Pitts­burgh

Albuquerque Journal - - SPORTS -

TAMPA, Fla. — Steven Stamkos scored his first goal since hav­ing right knee surgery in Novem­ber and the Tampa Bay Light­ning beat the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins 5-4 on Thurs­day night.

Stamkos made it 3-1 with a power-play goal at 3:49 of the sec­ond pe­riod from the low left cir­cle. The Light­ning star pre­vi­ously scored Nov. 15 at Detroit, the same game that he had a sea­son-end­ing lat­eral menis­cus tear in the knee. Stamkos en­tered with five as­sists in three games this sea­son.

Stamkos also tied Vin­cent Le­cav­a­lier for the Light­ning team record with 112 power-play goals,

Slater Koekkoek got his first two

NHL goals, and Vic­tor Hed­man and Nikita Kucherov also scored for the Light­ning. Alex Kil­lorn had four as­sists, and An­drei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves.

PAN­THERS 5, BLUES 2: In Sun­rise, Fla., Roberto Luongo moved into a tie for fourth on the NHL ca­reer vic­tory list with 474, mak­ing 37 saves to help Flor­ida beat St. Louis.

Luongo, 38,is tied with Curtis Joseph on the ca­reer list.

Vin­cent Trocheck scored the goa­head goal, Ian McCoshen had his first NHL goal, and Jared McCann, Aaron Ek­blad and Nick Bjugstad also con­nected for Flor­ida.

Paul Stastny and Vince Dunn — also with his first ca­reer goal — coun­tered for St. Louis. Jake Allen stopped 33 shots in the Blues’ first loss in five games this sea­son.

WILD 5, BLACK­HAWKS 2: In Chicago, Chris Stewart broke a tie mid­way through the third pe­riod with the first of his two goals as Min­nesota beat Chicago for its first vic­tory of the sea­son.

Ja­son Zucker had a goal and an as­sist, and De­van Dub­nyk made 36 saves to help the Wild (1-1-1) hand Chicago (3-1-1) its first reg­u­la­tion loss.

PREDA­TORS 4, STARS 1: In Nashville, Tenn., Sa­muel Gi­rard scored in his NHL de­but and had an as­sist to lead Nashville past Dal­las.

Filip Fors­berg and P.K. Sub­ban also had a goal and an as­sist.

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