Chicago at Tampa Bay

Lightning rookie Stamkos records first hat trick in loss to Blackhawks


TAMPA, Fla. -- Another stellar performance on the road by the Chicago Blackhawks turned Steven Stamkos' breakout into a footnote.

Jonathan Toews scored twice, Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists, and the Blackhawks withstood Stamkos' first career hat trick tobeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 on Tuesday.

The Lightning let a 3-1 lead slip away to the Blackhawks, who improved to 17-11-3 on the road with 37 points, fourth best in the league. Chicago's 95 goals away from home are second only to Detroit's 102.

Dave Bolland scored the go-ahead goal, his 13th of the season, with 7:14 left in the third period, and Toews added his second goal of the game at the 16-minute mark to make it 5-3.

"We stuck with it," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "Obviously we got a huge goal (at the end of the second period) and that ignited us into the third. I like the way we're playing. We didn't change much at that point -- we haven't at all on the road -- and we just kept coming like we needed to."

Chicago scored first during a 4-on-4 situation, when Martin Havlat sent a cross-ice pass and Duncan Keith stuck the puck into an open net, past Karri Ramo.

The Lightning tied the game 1-1 only 1:05 later when Stamkos scored his eighth of the season.

Stamkos, the No. 1 overall draft pick last summer, scored twice in the second period, as a smattering of hats flew to the ice.

"This was one of the best feelings of the year for me so far, but I much rather have it in a win," Stamkos said.

The 19-year-old, who had only six goals in his first 53 games, now has four in his past three and became the first rookie in franchise history to record a hat trick.

"It's big because he knows he can play against a quality team like that," Lightning interim coach Rick Tocchet said. "It's a measuring stick for him."

Stamkos, who had struggled due to lack of playing time, says he feels more confident on the ice.

"I'm the biggest critic of my game," Stamkos said. "At the beginning of the year, with all the stuff that was going on, playing five, six, seven minutes a game, it's tough to get confidence."

Stamkos scored on a double power play in the second, when he put a wrist shot into the top corner. His third came only 1:10 later on a one-timer past Cristobal Huet on the short side. Vinny Prospal picked up assists on both goals, giving him 23 on the season.

"They have some great players," Kane said. "Like Stamkos. You can obviously see the talent he has. Overall, though, I think we did a good job of shutting plenty of people down, and you can tell we pretty much dominated."

Chicago pulled to 3-2 late in the second with a goal from Toews, assisted by Kane.

The Blackhawks tied the game 1:46 into the third on Kane's 18th of the season. Kane leads the team with 51 points.

Ramo, in his first start since Feb. 3, made a career-high 44 saves on 49 shots. Huet made 19 saves for Chicago.

"Tonight, I took another step (forward)," Ramo said. "I didn't finish well, but you have to be able to pick up the good parts and build on that."


  • Patrick Sharp, Chicago's leading goal scorer with 23 goals, will be sidelined indefinitely with a left knee injury. Coach Joel Quenneville expects Sharp to be out at least a couple of weeks.
  • G Nikolai Khabibulin did not make the trip to Tampa after aggravating a groin injury Monday at practice. The former Lightning goalie, who helped Tampa Bay win the 2004 Stanley Cup, has yet to play his former team since signing a four-year, $27-million deal with the Blackhawks.
  • Tampa Bay D Marek Malik missed the Chicago game with a lower-body injury he sustained Saturday in a game against Washington.
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Steven Stamkos is the first rookie in Lightning history to score three goals in one game.  (Getty Images)
Steven Stamkos is the first rookie in Lightning history to score three goals in one game. (Getty Images)
Chicago  (32-15-8) «1135
Tampa Bay (19-27-11)1203
Three Stars
J. Toews

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
S. Stamkos

Goals: 3
Assist(s): 0
M. Havlat

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
11:53Duncan Keith (7), Tip-In. Assist: Havlat, Seabrook
12:58Steven Stamkos (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Melichar, Krajicek
10:28Power Play - Steven Stamkos (9), Wrist Shot. Assist: Prospal, Roberts
11:38Power Play - Steven Stamkos (10), Slap Shot. Assist: Eminger, Prospal
19:12Power Play - Jonathan Toews (19), Tip-In. Assist: Kane, Barker
01:46Power Play - Patrick Kane (18), Slap Shot. Assist: Campbell, Toews
12:46Dave Bolland (13), Snap Shot. Assist: Havlat, Keith
15:59Jonathan Toews (20), Slap Shot. Assist: Brouwer, Kane
Penalty Summary
24.0Ladd, 2 min, Interference
05:21Eminger, 2 min, Hooking
10:59Brouwer, 2 min, Slashing
10:59Roberts, 2 min, Slashing
16:40Krajicek, 2 min, Hooking
02:08Toews, 2 min, Holding
09:45Adams, 4 min, High-Sticking
18:15Burish, 5 min, Fighting
18:15Hall, 5 min, Fighting
18:46Downie, 5 min, Fighting
18:46Byfuglien, 5 min, Fighting
18:46Downie, 2 min, Instigator
18:46Downie, 10 min, Misconduct
29.0Krajicek, 2 min, Interference
11:00Prospal, 2 min, Slashing
12:05Byfuglien, 2 min, Tripping
18:10Campbell, 2 min, Holding
Shots On Goal
Tampa Bay313723
Cristobal Huet59:46203
Karri Ramo58:36445
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Tampa Bay2-for-6
Game Information
Attendance - 15431
Referees - Justin St. Pierre, Dennis LaRue
Linesmen - Derek Amell, Jonny Murray
Other Games
Buf 4 Final
Tor 1
Bos 5 Final
Car 1
Ott 2 Final
Colo 3
Edm 2 Final
SJ 4
NJ 0 Final
Fla 4
Van 4 Final
Cal 3