Light­ning edge Pens

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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 pow­er­play 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.

Jake Guentzel, Conor Sheary, Bryan Rust and Matt Hun­wick scored for two-time defending Stan­ley Cup cham- pion Pitts­burgh. Antti Niemi, who al­lowed four goals on 13 shots over 9:16 against Chicago on Oct. 5 in his Pen­guins de­but, stopped 29 shots.

Pan­thers 5, Blues 2 At Sun­rise, Fla., Roberto Luongo moved into a tie for fourth on the NHL ca­reer vic­tory list with 474, mak­ing 37 saves to help the Pan­thers beat St. Louis.

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

Vin­cent Trocheck scored the go-ahead 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.

Preda­tors 4, Stars 1 At Nashville, Tenn., Sa­muel Gi­rard scored his first NHL goal and had an as­sist to lead the Preda­tors past Dal­las.

The 19-year-old Gi­rard was play­ing his sec­ond NHL game.

Filip Fors­berg and P.K. Sub­ban also had a goal and an as­sist, and Vik­tor Arvids­son scored for the Preda­tors. Pekka Rinne made 30 saves.

Jamie Benn had Dal­las’ lone goal. The Stars have lost three of four to open the sea­son.

Wild 5, Black­hawks 2 At Chicago, Chris Stewart broke a tie mid­way through the third pe­riod with the first of his two goals and Min­nesota beat the Black­hawks for their 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.

Stewart tapped Zucker’s feed past Corey Craw­ford from the doorstep at 9:28 of the third to give Min­nesota a 2-1 lead.

Stewart and Zucker broke in 2-on-1 against Dun­can Keith af­ter fel­low de­fense­man Brent Seabrook fell down on the play. The goal with­stood a video re­view af­ter the Black­hawks chal­lenged Zucker was off­side.

Zucker added a power-play goal with 7:31 to go on the de­lay-of-game penalty that re­sulted from the failed Chicago chal­lenge. He banged the puck in from be­hind the net off Craw­ford’s skate.

JIM YOUNG / AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Brent Seabrook of the Black­hawks tum­bles over the boards and into his team’s bench af­ter miss­ing a check on the Wild’s Mar­cus Foligno dur­ing the first pe­riod Thurs­day. The Wild won, 5-2.

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