Stamkos gets 1st goal in 11 months, Light­ning win

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - SPORTS - By Mark Didtler

TAMPA, FLA. » Steven Stamkos scored his first goal since hav­ing right knee surgery last 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. 15th 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.

Slater Koekkoek got his first two NHL goals, and Vic­tor Hed­man and Nikita Kucherov also scored for the Light­ning. Alex Kil­lorn had four as­sists, while An­drei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves.

Pitts­burgh got goals from Jake Guentzel, Conor Sheary, Bryan Rust and Matt Hun­wick. Antti Niemi, who al­lowed four goals on 13 shots over 9:16 against Chicago on Oct. 5 in his Pen­guins de­but, stopped 29 shots.

Af­ter Stamkos tied Vin­cent Le­cav­a­lier for the Light­ning team record with 112 power-play goals, Sheary and Kucherov traded goals later in the sec­ond.

Rust scored on the power play to cut the deficit to 4-3 with 5:36 to go in the pe­riod.

Koekkoek got his first goal, com­ing in his 43rd game, 6:07 into the first. His sec­ond ex­tended the lead to 5-3 late in the sec­ond. PAN­THERS 5, BLUES 2 » 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.

The 38-year-old Luongo with Cur­tis Joseph on the 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. is tied ca­reer

CHRIS O’MEARA — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos (91) is swarmed by team­mates af­ter scor­ing against the Pen­guins Thurs­day in Tampa, Fla.

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