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Ottawa at Tampa Bay

Stamkos tallies two again, has goals in four straight for Lightning

CBSSports.com wire reports
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TAMPA, Fla. -- Steven Stamkos is fast becoming an elite NHL player.

Stamkos had two power-play goals and an assist to help the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Ottawa Senators 5-2 on Thursday.

"He's emerging as a leader," Tampa Bay coach Rick Tocchet said about Stamkos, the first overall pick in the 2008 draft. "I'm not going to put too much pressure on him. For a 19-year old, a pretty good player."

Todd Fedoruk, Ryan Malone and Alex Tanguay also scored for the Lightning, who are 4-0-2 at home.

Stamkos opened the scoring at 7:20 of the first when his redirection of Vincent Lecavalier's shot went into the net off Ottawa defenseman Filip Kuba. The second-year center gave the Lightning a 4-0 lead at 7:09 of the third from the low right circle after a nifty stickhandling move.

"He's a gifted goal scorer," Tanguay said. "It's fun to watch, for sure."

Stamkos has nine goals in 10 games this season. He had 23 goals during his rookie year last season.

"I'm feeling really confident on the ice," Stamkos said. "Feeling better than it was last year. I want to be out there touching the puck and making some plays. It's working so far and I just want keep it up."

Ottawa got third-period goals from Jarkko Ruutu and Alexei Kovalev. The Senators were coming off a 4-3 win Wednesday night at Florida.

"I don't know if it's fatigue," Ottawa coach Cory Clouston said. "I think that first goal almost set the tone for the game. It was a power-play goal on a penalty that they high-sticked themselves. Those are hard to take."

Tanguay stopped a personal 12-game goal drought, dating to April 4, just over two minutes after Stamkos' second goal.

Fedoruk made it 2-0 on an in-close rebound goal at 4:34 of the second. Malone's wraparound goal extended Tampa Bay's advantage to 3-0 with 5:12 left in the second.

After stopping a shot by Milan Michalek earlier in the third during a breakaway, Lightning goalie Mike Smith lost his shutout bid when Ruutu scored with 9:43 remaining. Kovalev cut the Ottawa deficit to 5-2 later in the period.

In the first meeting between the teams this season on Oct. 15, Ottawa beat the Lightning 7-1.

"They really handed us a spanking," Stamkos said. "Obviously we wanted to comeback and give it right back to them in front of our home fans."

Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis played in his 700th NHL games and extended his franchise-record season-opening points streak to 10 games (11 assists, 14 points) with an assist. The NHL record is 51 games, set by Wayne Gretzky during the 1983-84 season.

St. Louis missed the net to the right on short-handed penalty shot midway through the second.

Notes

  • Senators D Anton Volchenkov is expected to miss at least a couple weeks after hurting his right elbow in Wednesday's game. He was replaced on the roster by D Brian Lee, who was recalled from Binghamton of the AHL.
  • Ottawa C Jason Spezza didn't play due to an upper-body injury, and is day to day.
  • New Jersey special assignment coach Pat Burns, who is battling cancer, scouted the game in preparation for the Devils' game at Tampa Bay on Saturday night.
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Steven Stamkos nets two goals in a game for the third time this season and has goals in four straight. (AP)
Steven Stamkos nets two goals in a game for the third time this season and has goals in four straight. (AP)

Scoreboard
Ottawa (6-3-2)0022
Tampa Bay  (4-3-3) «1225
Three Stars
S. Stamkos
TB


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
R. Malone
TB


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
D. Hale
TB


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
07:20Power Play - Steven Stamkos (8), Tip-In. Assist: Lecavalier, St. Louis
2ND PERIOD
04:34Todd Fedoruk (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Hale, Downie
14:48Ryan Malone (8), Wrap Shot. Assist: Hale, Tanguay
3RD PERIOD
07:09Power Play - Steven Stamkos (9), Wrist Shot. Assist: Lecavalier, Malone
09:29Alex Tanguay (1), Tip-In. Assist: Malone, Stamkos
10:17Jarkko Ruutu (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Kelly, Donovan
14:19Alexei Kovalev (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Alfredsson, Lee
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
06:19Cheechoo, 2 min, High-Sticking
12:26Picard, 2 min, Tripping
19:18Hedman, 2 min, Roughing
19:18Michalek, 2 min, Roughing
2ND PERIOD
01:01Hale, 2 min, Hooking
07:51Konopka, 5 min, Fighting
07:51Neil, 5 min, Fighting
09:02Ohlund, 2 min, Elbowing
18:21Foligno, 4 min, Roughing
3RD PERIOD
06:48Ruutu, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
11:10Shannon, 2 min, Hooking
19:22Ruutu, 5 min, Fighting
19:22Downie, 5 min, Fighting
19:22Downie, 2 min, Roughing
20:00Neil, 2 min, Roughing
20:00Veilleux, 2 min, Roughing
Shots On Goal
 123T
Ottawa941023
Tampa Bay514827
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Brian Elliott60:00225
Mike Smith60:00212
Game Information
Attendance - 13213
Referees - Mike Leggo, Justin St. Pierre
Linesmen - Jonny Murray, Pierre Racicot
 
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LA 1
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Atl 3
NJ 2 Final
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StL 0
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