Stamkos’ goals lead Lightning to victory
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.
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.