Stamkos’ goals lead Light­ning to vic­tory

The Bradenton Herald (Sunday) - - Sports -

Steven Stamkos scored two goals to lead the Tampa Bay Light­ning to a 4-1 vic­tory over the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens on Satur­day night.

J.T. Miller and Yanni Gourde also scored for the Light­ning, win­ners of nine of 13 games this sea­son. An­ton Stral­man had three as­sists.

An­drei Vasilevskiy con­tin­ued his dom­i­nant start in goal, fin­ish­ing with 34 saves in his sev­enth vic­tory.

Max Domi scored for the Cana­di­ens. Carey Price made 32 saves in the loss.

The Light­ning im­proved to 6-0-0 against East­ern Con­fer­ence op­po­nents.

The Cana­di­ens took an early lead when Domi scored on the game’s first shot just 58 sec­onds in. It was the third time this sea­son Domi scored in the first two min­utes.

Domi in­ter­cepted a clear­ing at­tempt by for­mer Cana­di­ens draft pick Mikhail Ser­gachev at the blue line, sidestepped a check by Adam Erne and then fired a wrist shot past Vasilevskiy for his sev­enth goal.

Af­ter in­tense pres­sure by the Cana­di­ens at the start, a board­ing penalty by Nicolas Des­lau­ri­ers changed the game’s mo­men­tum.

The Light­ning scored as Des­lau­ri­ers’s penalty ex­pired. Stamkos beat Price with a one-timer at 13:42 of the first.

Miller made it 2-1 at 16:24 af­ter a midair in­ter­cep­tion by Stral­man gave Tampa Bay the puck in Mon­treal’s zone.

Stamkos added to Tampa’s lead 52 sec­onds into the third with a pre­cise wrist shot into the top of the net.

GRA­HAM HUGHES AP

Tampa Bay Light­ning goal­tender An­drei Vasilevskiy, left, stops a shot by the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens’ Joel Ar­mia in the first pe­riod Satur­day night in Mon­treal. Vasilevskiy had 34 saves in the Light­ning’s 4-1 vic­tory.

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