Stamkos leads Tampa Bay over Pittsburgh
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.