Stamkos nets winner for Lightning
TAMPA, Fla. — When the Lightning last played the Wild three weeks ago, they were the victims of a few bad bounces that wound up in their net, resulting in a four-goal loss in Minnesota.
Tuesday night began with a pregame ceremony honoring Steven Stamkos for reaching the 500-goal mark last week in Vancouver. It ended with Stamkos getting the game-winner in an imperfect but hard-fought 4-2 win at Amalie Arena.
Goal No. 505 was a byproduct of a swift shot and a little bit of luck, as Stamkos scooped up a rebound near the right post and put the puck in the air across the front, where it deflected off Minnesota forward Ryan Hartman and into the net with 5:38 remaining.
Nikita Kucherov added an empty-net goal with 16.4 seconds left to give the Lightning the two-goal win.
PENGUINS 7, PANTHESR 6 (OT): Kris Letang scored his second goal of the game with 54 seconds left in overtime to give host Pittsburgh a victory over Florida. Letang, who hadn’t played since Dec. 28 due to a lower-body injury, also added two assists for Pittsburgh. His power-play blast from above the left gave the Penguins just their fourth overtime victory of the season.
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KINGS 4, FLYERS 3 (OT): Kevin Fiala scored 1 minute, 9 seconds into overtime to lead Los Angeles at Philadelphia. Anze Kopitar scored two goals and Samuel Fagemo added one for the Kings. James van Riemsdyk, Wade Allison and Rasmus Ristolainen scored for the Flyers.
BRUINS 4, CANADIENS 2: Patrice Bergeron broke a tie with 2:55 left and NHL-leading Boston beat host Montreal for its sixth straight victory. Following a faceoff in the offensive zone, Bergeron hopped on a loose puck in the slot and beat Samuel Montembeault with a wrist shot. Taylor Hall and David Krejci also scored for Boston in the first game of the season between the rivals.
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