Stamkos, Lightning stop Pens
Steven Stamkos scored his first goal since having rightknee surgery in November and Tampa Bay beat the visiting 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 center previously scored Nov. 15 at Detroit in the game in which he incurred a season-ending lateral-meniscus tear in the knee.
“I knew it was a matter of time, so I wasn’t losing any sleep over it,” Stamkos said. “I’m just happy to be playing hockey again. Glad to be a part of some wins here.”
Stamkos entered Thursday with five assists in three games this season.
Also for Tampa Bay, Slater Koekkoek picked up his first two NHL goals.