Los Angeles at Tampa Bay

Vasilevskiy makes 44 saves, Lightning beat Kings 4-3

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Andrei Vasilevskiy put together a terrific performance in another victory for Tampa Bay.

One play was especially memorable.

Vasilevskiy robbed Anze Kopitar when he put his glove behind his back for spectacular stop in the first period, part of a 44-save Saturday night in the NHL-leading Lightning's 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist, and Alex Killorn, Cedric Paquette and Nikita Kucherov also scored for the Lightning.

Vasilevskiy allowed a goal on the Kings' first shot and then stopped 17 straight shots over the rest of the period, including the play on Kopitar.

''To be honest, I didn't see anything,'' Vasilevskiy said. ''I just saw the blade of Kopitar's stick. I realized I didn't have enough time to be square to the puck so I made the decision to turn the other way and I got lucky.''

''I told him to go buy a lottery ticket,'' Kopitar said.

Jonny Brodzinski, Kyle Clifford and Christian Folin scored for the Kings, who nearly came back from a three-goal deficit entering the third period. Jonathan Quick stopped 13 of 14 shots after replacing Darcy Kuemper early in the second.

The Lightning retired Vincent Lecavalier's No. 4 during a pregame ceremony. Lecavalier, who tops the franchise list for game played (1,037) and goals (383), joined Martin St. Louis as the only Tampa Bay players to have their jerseys retired.

After Stamkos scored 65 seconds into the game, Los Angeles tied it at 1 on Brodzinski goal at 5:02 of the first.

Killorn made it 2-1 on a breakaway off a Stamkos pass right after serving an interference penalty.

Paquette put the Lightning up 3-1 at 3:12 of the second when his backhander from behind the net went in off Kuemper's left leg. Kuemper departed after giving up three goals on 14 shots.

Los Angeles right wing Dustin Brown received a five-minute kneeing penalty and a game misconduct for a hit on Tampa Bay rookie defenseman Mikhail Sergachev, who returned for the third.

Kucherov scored on the ensuing power play.

Clifford scored 3:17 into the third before Folin cut the deficit to 4-3 with 6:55 remaining. Vasilevskiy turned aside 18 third-period shots, making a big save at the buzzer on Drew Doughty.

''I tried to go blocker side,'' Doughty said. ''I didn't have time to pick up my head and see where I'm shooting it.''

Vasilevskiy leads the NHL with 33 wins.

''He's the best,'' Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman said. ''There's no doubt in my mind.''

NOTES: Kings C Trevor Lewis, hurt in Friday's game at Florida when he was checked into the boards, returned to Los Angeles to be examined by team doctors. ... Tampa Bay has outscored its opponent 75-45 in the second period.

UP NEXT

Kings: Plays at Carolina Tuesday night.

Lightning: Visits Toronto Monday night.

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Scoreboard
Los Angeles (30-20-5)1023
Tampa Bay  (38-14-3) «2204
Three Stars
A. Vasilevskiy
TB


Saves: 44
Save Pct.: .936
S. Stamkos
TB


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
A. Kopitar
LA


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
01:05 - Steven Stamkos (21), Snap Shot. Assist: Gourde, Johnson
05:02 - Jonny Brodzinski (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Andreoff, Shore
09:45 - Alex Killorn (9), Wrist Shot. Assist: Stamkos, Coburn
2ND PERIOD
03:12 - Cedric Paquette (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Callahan
14:43Power Play - Nikita Kucherov (29), Wrist Shot. Assist: Hedman
3RD PERIOD
03:17 - Kyle Clifford (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Kopitar, Forbort
13:05 - Christian Folin (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Andreoff, Shore
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
07:38Killorn, 2 min, Interference
2ND PERIOD
05:08Gaborik, 2 min, Hooking
10:22Quick, 2 min, Roughing, served by Toffoli
10:22Conacher, 2 min, Roughing
12:28Toffoli, 2 min, Cross Checking
14:30Brown, 5 min, Kneeing, served by Clifford
14:30Brown, 10 min, Game Misconduct
3RD PERIOD
06:34Sergachev, 2 min, Boarding
10:32Conacher, 2 min, Slashing
Shots On Goal
 123T
LA1892047
TB1014428
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Darcy Kuemper23:12113
Andrei Vasilevskiy60:00443
Game Information
Attendance - 19092
Referees - Jean Hebert, Francis Charron
Linesmen - Derek Nansen, Tony Sericolo
 
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