Stamkos leads Lightning to 4-2 win over Golden Knights

TAMPA, Fla. (AP)

Steven Stamkos tipped in his 24th goal of the season in the third period and led the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night.

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 28 saves and extended his streak of consecutive games without a regulation loss to 16 games, matching the franchise record set by Nikolai Khabibulin in 2002-03.

“The record, that’s good, but a better place in the standings, even better,’’ said Vasilevskiy, who hasn’t lost a regulation game since Dec. 14 and helped the Lightning move in to second place in the Atlantic Division, seven points ahead of third-place Florida.

Brayden Point and Anthony Cirelli also scored, and Nikita Kucherov had two assists as Tampa Bay won its seventh consecutive home game, the second-longest active streak in the league. Alex Killorn added an empty net goal with 44.7 seconds remaining.

Paul Stastny and Willilam Carrier scored for Vegas, which lost for just the second time in regulation in six games under new head coach Peter DeBoer. Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 13 saves.

Stamkos was in front of Fleury when Point wheeled around from the high slot and sent a shot on net that Stamkos deflected just inside the right post at 10:36, extending his scoring streak to seven games.

“I was hoping (Point) would just spin and fire it because I knew I had good position in front of the net,’’ Stamkos said. “Anytime you do tip it you (are trying) tip it but it doesn’t always happen, but it was nice to see that one go in.’’

Point opened the scoring with his 19th goal of the season, scoring on a wrist shot from between the circles at 10:57 of the first period. Carrier pulled Vegas even at 15:42. He took a pass from Brayden McNabb and sent a wrist a shot past Vasilevskiy for his sixth goal of the season.

Tampa Bay regained the lead late in the period on a double deflection. Ondrej Palat’s shot first hit the blade of Anthony Cirelli’s stick and then the shaft of Johnson’s stick, finding the back of the net at 17:57.

Vegas failed to take advantage of three power-play chance in the second period as the league’s fourth ranked penalty kill unit limited the Golden Knights to one shot on goal and four total attempts during the 5:07 of total time with the man advantage.

“You come in here and you’ve got to do everything right,’’ DeBoer said. “You’ve got to win the special teams, you’ve got to be opportunistic, you’ve got to work hard and try to limit them. We did a lot of those things, but there’s a reason their record is what it is. They don’t need a lot of looks to stick pucks in the net.”

Vegas scored a tying goal early in the third period as Stastny tipped a shot from Jonathan Marchessault and tucked it inside the left post at 3:47.

NOTES: Tampa Bay D Jan Rutta left the game in the first period and did not return after suffering an undisclosed lower body injury. He is considered out week-to-week according to head coach Jon Cooper. … Lightning RW Nikita Kucherov extended his scoring streak to eight games. … Tampa Bay played its first home game since Jan. 14. … The Lightning scratched D Luke Schenn and D Braydon Coburn. … Vegas C Cody Glass missed his 10th consecutive game with a lower body injury. … Golden Knights’ C William Karlsson missed his sixth consecutive game with an upper-body injury. … The Lightning improved to 9-0 this season against Pacific Division opponents.

Up Next

Lightning: Host Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.

Golden Knights: At Florida Panthers on Thursday.

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123T
LV27-21-7
1012
TB33-15-5
2024
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
W. Carrier LW10110/0010:003
C. Eakin C01112/9012:181
N. Holden D00-120/0019:432
J. Marchessault LW01-231/2219:330
B. McNabb D02000/0017:261
J. Merrill D00110/0018:110
T. Nosek LW00012/2009:502
M. Pacioretty LW00-252/1221:063
R. Reaves RW00000/0015:526
N. Roy C00007/5012:200
N. Schmidt D00-120/0019:560
R. Smith RW00-200/0017:140
P. Stastny C10-217/8014:362
C. Stephenson C00-105/11017:192
M. Stone RW00-220/0020:280
S. Theodore D00-240/0025:101
A. Tuch RW00140/0012:380
Z. Whitecloud D00020/0013:512
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
E. Cernak D01110/0021:042
A. Cirelli C01206/3017:091
Y. Gourde RW00-110/0012:203
V. Hedman D00220/0226:440
T. Johnson RW10114/6013:370
A. Killorn LW10111/0015:340
N. Kucherov RW02110/0016:161
P. Maroon LW00000/0010:443
R. McDonagh D00120/0425:451
O. Palat LW02210/0016:311
C. Paquette C00009/3012:395
B. Point C11125/3016:590
J. Rutta D00000/0002:400
M. Sergachev D00-100/0023:055
K. Shattenkirk D00100/0020:502
S. Stamkos LW10115/3217:251
M. Stephens C00-148/8012:401
C. Verhaeghe LW00-110/0010:051
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
M. Fleury (L)173140.82458:29
GOALIESSA
M. Fleury (L)17
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
A. Vasilevskiy (W)292270.93160:00
GOALIESSA
A. Vasilevskiy (W)29
GOAL Alex Killorn (Empty net shot), Assist: Ondrej Palat
LV:GoalsShots
TB:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • TB
      19:15GOAL Alex Killorn (Empty net shot), Assist: Ondrej Palat
    • TB
      10:36GOAL Steven Stamkos (Tip-in shot), Assists: Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov
    • LV
      03:47GOAL Paul Stastny (Tip-in shot), Assists: Jonathan Marchessault and Brayden McNabb
    • 1ST PERIOD
      • TB
        17:57GOAL Tyler Johnson (Tip-in shot), Assists: Anthony Cirelli and Ondrej Palat
      • LV
        15:42GOAL William Carrier (Wrist shot), Assists: Brayden McNabb and Cody Eakin
      • TB
        10:57GOAL Brayden Point (Wrist shot), Assists: Nikita Kucherov and Erik Cernak
    PENALTIES
    • 3RD PERIOD
      • LV
        14:51Max Pacioretty penalty Roughing - 2 min.
      • TB
        14:51Victor Hedman penalty Roughing - 2 min.
    • 2ND PERIOD
      • LV
        17:55Jonathan Marchessault penalty Interference - 2 min.
      • TB
        16:48Steven Stamkos penalty Tripping - 2 min.
      • TB
        13:02Ryan McDonagh penalty Hooking - 2 min.
      • TB
        04:44Ryan McDonagh penalty Tripping - 2 min.
      TEAM STATS
      LV
      TB
      Shots on Goal2918
      Goals in Power Play00
      Faceoff Wins2638
      Penalties24
      Major Penalties00
      Minor Penalties24
      Misconducts00
      TEAM STATS
      LV
      Shots on Goal29
      Goals in Power Play0
      Faceoff Wins26
      Penalties2
      Major Penalties0
      Minor Penalties2
      Misconducts0
      123T
      LV27-21-7
      1012
      TB33-15-5
      2024
      STARS OF THE GAME
      6.9 %SHOT %22.2 %
      0.778 %SAVE %0.931 %
      SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
      W. Carrier LW10110/0010:003
      C. Eakin C01112/9012:181
      N. Holden D00-120/0019:432
      J. Marchessault LW01-231/2219:330
      B. McNabb D02000/0017:261
      J. Merrill D00110/0018:110
      T. Nosek LW00012/2009:502
      M. Pacioretty LW00-252/1221:063
      R. Reaves RW00000/0015:526
      N. Roy C00007/5012:200
      N. Schmidt D00-120/0019:560
      R. Smith RW00-200/0017:140
      P. Stastny C10-217/8014:362
      C. Stephenson C00-105/11017:192
      M. Stone RW00-220/0020:280
      S. Theodore D00-240/0025:101
      A. Tuch RW00140/0012:380
      Z. Whitecloud D00020/0013:512
      SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
      E. Cernak D01110/0021:042
      A. Cirelli C01206/3017:091
      Y. Gourde RW00-110/0012:203
      V. Hedman D00220/0226:440
      T. Johnson RW10114/6013:370
      A. Killorn LW10111/0015:340
      N. Kucherov RW02110/0016:161
      P. Maroon LW00000/0010:443
      R. McDonagh D00120/0425:451
      O. Palat LW02210/0016:311
      C. Paquette C00009/3012:395
      B. Point C11125/3016:590
      J. Rutta D00000/0002:400
      M. Sergachev D00-100/0023:055
      K. Shattenkirk D00100/0020:502
      S. Stamkos LW10115/3217:251
      M. Stephens C00-148/8012:401
      C. Verhaeghe LW00-110/0010:051
      GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
      M. Fleury (L)173140.82458:29
      GOALIESSA
      M. Fleury (L)17
      GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
      A. Vasilevskiy (W)292270.93160:00
      GOALIESSA
      A. Vasilevskiy (W)29
      STARS OF THE GAME
      123T
      LV27-21-7
      1012
      TB33-15-5
      2024
      SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
      W. Carrier LW10110/0010:003
      C. Eakin C01112/9012:181
      N. Holden D00-120/0019:432
      J. Marchessault LW01-231/2219:330
      B. McNabb D02000/0017:261
      J. Merrill D00110/0018:110
      T. Nosek LW00012/2009:502
      M. Pacioretty LW00-252/1221:063
      R. Reaves RW00000/0015:526
      N. Roy C00007/5012:200
      N. Schmidt D00-120/0019:560
      R. Smith RW00-200/0017:140
      P. Stastny C10-217/8014:362
      C. Stephenson C00-105/11017:192
      M. Stone RW00-220/0020:280
      S. Theodore D00-240/0025:101
      A. Tuch RW00140/0012:380
      Z. Whitecloud D00020/0013:512
      Total2402926/384-25
      SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
      E. Cernak D01110/0021:042
      A. Cirelli C01206/3017:091
      Y. Gourde RW00-110/0012:203
      V. Hedman D00220/0226:440
      T. Johnson RW10114/6013:370
      A. Killorn LW10111/0015:340
      N. Kucherov RW02110/0016:161
      P. Maroon LW00000/0010:443
      R. McDonagh D00120/0425:451
      O. Palat LW02210/0016:311
      C. Paquette C00009/3012:395
      B. Point C11125/3016:590
      J. Rutta D00000/0002:400
      M. Sergachev D00-100/0023:055
      K. Shattenkirk D00100/0020:502
      S. Stamkos LW10115/3217:251
      M. Stephens C00-148/8012:401
      C. Verhaeghe LW00-110/0010:051
      Total4701838/268-27
      GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
      M. Fleury (L)173140.82458:29
      GOALIESSA
      M. Fleury (L)17
      GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
      A. Vasilevskiy (W)292270.93160:00
      GOALIESSA
      A. Vasilevskiy (W)29
      GOALS
      • 3RD PERIOD
        • 1ST PERIOD
        PENALTIES
        • 3RD PERIOD
        • 2ND PERIOD
          • 3RD PERIOD
          • 2ND PERIOD
          • 1ST PERIOD

          123T
          LV27-21-7
          1012
          TB33-15-5
          2024
          TEAM STATS
          3.44
          GF AVG
          3.35
          GA AVG
          .67
          Power Play
          3.88
          GF AVG
          3.02
          GA AVG
          .85
          Power Play
          All times are US/Eastern.