Vegas stops Tampa Bay's 11-game streak with 5-3 win

LAS VEGAS (AP) Hours before making his Vegas debut, Alec Martinez sat on the team bench, gazing onto a clean sheet of ice while collecting his thoughts inside an empty T-Mobile Arena, a place he called the loudest venue in the NHL.

The crowd of 18,376 roared when he was announced in the starting lineup.

''It's obvious I was pretty emotional at the beginning there, feeding off the fans,'' the veteran defenseman said. ''I had to tell myself to settle down a little bit.''

Martinez settled in nicely with a goal and an assist, and the Golden Knights stopped Tampa Bay's 11-game win streak with a 5-3 victory over the Lightning on Thursday night.

It marked the first time in 23 games Tampa Bay allowed more than three goals and the fourth time in seven games Vegas scored five or more.

''It's pretty incredible to be able to play with a hockey club of this caliber. I kept saying on the bench 'This is a fun group to play with,''' said Martinez, who was acquired in a trade with Los Angeles on Wednesday. ''It's a little different when you're on the same side, you kind of take notice at certain things that maybe you wouldn't when you're, obviously, on the other end of things.''

Martinez tied the game late in the first period, delighting the electric crowd. It was Martinez's second goal of the season; he also scored at Vegas on Jan. 9.

Paul Stastny, Mark Stone, Ryan Reaves and Max Pacioretty also scored for the Golden Knights. Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves while improving to 21-13-4 against Tampa Bay.

Vegas earned its fourth straight win and improved to 8-3-2 under coach Pete DeBoer, who took over for the fired Gerard Gallant on Jan. 15. The win pushed the Golden Knights into first place in the Pacific Division, one point ahead of Edmonton.

Vegas' streak also includes victories over playoff contenders St. Louis, Washington and the New York Islanders.

''That should give the group confidence because everyone's playing really good hockey right now,'' Pacioretty said. ''When you look at the process, it's been there for the most part. We've given ourselves an opportunity to be in the hunt down the stretch, and this is the hard time of year.''

Under DeBoer, the Golden Knights rank first in the NHL with 36.2 shots per game and 26.7 shots allowed, fourth with 3.54 goals per game, and 12th in allowing 2.85 goals per game.

''I think our group is starting to believe in each other and playing with some confidence,'' DeBoer said. ''It was a good team win for us.''

Especially coming against Andrei Vasilevskiy, who hadn't lost in regulation since Dec. 14 against Washington. Vasilevskiy, who entered with a franchise-record point streak of 21 games (19-0-2), stopped 28 shots.

Steven Stamkos had two goals for Tampa Bay, and Kevin Shattenkirk also scored.

Tampa Bay jumped in front when Shattenkirk's blind pass deflected off Vegas defenseman Nick Holden's skate and past Fleury 7:02 into the first. Martinez's one-timer tied the game, and Stastny got the lead for Vegas when he deflected Reilly Smith's shot to the far side early in the second period.

Stamkos answered on the power play with a one-timer over Fleury's stick, but Martinez helped Vegas take the lead for good about a minute later. Martinez started an odd-man rush when he poke-checked the puck from Tampa Bay's Braydon Coburn at the blue line. Pacioretty raced into the zone and fed Stone, who deked Vasilevskiy with a forehand-to-backhand maneuver.

''We didn't manage the puck and to give them a breakaway to a pretty darned good player, that's the stuff we hadn't been doing in the run we're on,'' Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. ''And obviously the first minute of the third was the backbreaker for us.''

Vegas added a pair of goals less than a minute into the third. Reaves blocked a pass from Coburn, skated into the zone and blasted a shot past Vasilevskiy 10 seconds into the period. Pacioretty pushed the lead to three with his 28th goal.

NOTES: Tampa Bay C Brayden Point was scratched due to the flu. ... Martinez's goal and assist gave him 200 career points. ... It was a franchise-record win streak for Tampa Bay, which last lost in overtime at Dallas on Jan. 27.

UP NEXT

Lightning: Visit Arizona on Saturday.

Golden Knights: Host Florida on Saturday.

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123T
TB40-16-5
1113
LV32-22-8
1225
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
E. Cernak D00-200/0219:201
A. Cirelli C01138/4018:491
B. Coburn D00-210/0216:240
B. Coleman LW00-220/0215:174
Y. Gourde RW00-102/0016:450
V. Hedman D02020/0227:500
T. Johnson RW00-224/8017:040
A. Killorn LW01100/1015:010
N. Kucherov RW01-230/0019:250
P. Maroon LW00-101/0011:272
O. Palat LW01110/0012:584
C. Paquette C00-128/4011:482
L. Schenn D00020/0016:014
M. Sergachev D00-110/0019:241
K. Shattenkirk D10-130/0018:161
S. Stamkos LW20-141/7018:061
M. Stephens C00-105/11013:380
C. Verhaeghe LW00-110/0008:521
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
W. Carrier LW00100/0008:431
C. Eakin C01138/9217:023
N. Holden D00-110/0018:002
W. Karlsson C00-1010/5217:400
J. Marchessault LW00130/0015:562
A. Martinez D11310/0020:101
B. McNabb D00120/0020:145
J. Merrill D00100/0216:341
T. Nosek LW00213/6011:170
M. Pacioretty LW11031/0016:140
R. Reaves RW10111/0010:507
N. Roy C01100/3013:320
N. Schmidt D01220/0020:190
R. Smith RW01110/0018:071
P. Stastny C101412/6017:320
C. Stephenson C00120/0016:321
M. Stone RW11050/0016:210
S. Theodore D01040/0019:210
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
A. Vasilevskiy (L)335280.84857:28
GOALIESSA
A. Vasilevskiy (L)33
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
M. Fleury (W)273240.88959:54
GOALIESSA
M. Fleury (W)27
Anthony Cirelli shot on goal (Tip-in shot)
TB:GoalsShots
LV:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • TB
      18:00(PP) GOAL Steven Stamkos (Slap shot), Assists: Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman
    • LV
      47.0(PP) GOAL Max Pacioretty (Wrist shot), Assists: Mark Stone and Shea Theodore
    • LV
      10.0GOAL Ryan Reaves (Snap shot)
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • LV
      16:39GOAL Mark Stone (Backhand shot), Assists: Max Pacioretty and Alec Martinez
    • TB
      15:38(PP) GOAL Steven Stamkos (Slap shot), Assists: Victor Hedman and Anthony Cirelli
    • LV
      06:45GOAL Paul Stastny (Tip-in shot), Assists: Reilly Smith and Nate Schmidt
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • LV
      18:05GOAL Alec Martinez (Wrist shot), Assists: Cody Eakin and Nicolas Roy
    • TB
      07:02GOAL Kevin Shattenkirk (Backhand shot), Assists: Alex Killorn and Ondrej Palat
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • LV
      16:33Cody Eakin penalty Delay of Game - 2 min.
    • TB
      06:33Blake Coleman penalty Boarding - 2 min.
    • TB
      40.0Braydon Coburn penalty Holding - 2 min.
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • LV
      15:23William Karlsson penalty Hooking - 2 min.
    • TB
      13:13Victor Hedman penalty Tripping - 2 min.
    • TB
      08:22Erik Cernak penalty Elbowing - 2 min.
    • LV
      01:26Marc-Andre Fleury penalty Holding - 2 min., served by Chandler Stephenson
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • LV
      11:10Jon Merrill penalty Hooking - 2 min.
TEAM STATS
TB
LV
Shots on Goal2733
Goals in Power Play21
Faceoff Wins2935
Penalties44
Major Penalties00
Minor Penalties44
Misconducts00
TEAM STATS
TB
Shots on Goal27
Goals in Power Play2
Faceoff Wins29
Penalties4
Major Penalties0
Minor Penalties4
Misconducts0
123T
TB40-16-5
1113
LV32-22-8
1225
STARS OF THE GAME
11.1 %SHOT %15.2 %
0.848 %SAVE %0.889 %
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
E. Cernak D00-200/0219:201
A. Cirelli C01138/4018:491
B. Coburn D00-210/0216:240
B. Coleman LW00-220/0215:174
Y. Gourde RW00-102/0016:450
V. Hedman D02020/0227:500
T. Johnson RW00-224/8017:040
A. Killorn LW01100/1015:010
N. Kucherov RW01-230/0019:250
P. Maroon LW00-101/0011:272
O. Palat LW01110/0012:584
C. Paquette C00-128/4011:482
L. Schenn D00020/0016:014
M. Sergachev D00-110/0019:241
K. Shattenkirk D10-130/0018:161
S. Stamkos LW20-141/7018:061
M. Stephens C00-105/11013:380
C. Verhaeghe LW00-110/0008:521
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
W. Carrier LW00100/0008:431
C. Eakin C01138/9217:023
N. Holden D00-110/0018:002
W. Karlsson C00-1010/5217:400
J. Marchessault LW00130/0015:562
A. Martinez D11310/0020:101
B. McNabb D00120/0020:145
J. Merrill D00100/0216:341
T. Nosek LW00213/6011:170
M. Pacioretty LW11031/0016:140
R. Reaves RW10111/0010:507
N. Roy C01100/3013:320
N. Schmidt D01220/0020:190
R. Smith RW01110/0018:071
P. Stastny C101412/6017:320
C. Stephenson C00120/0016:321
M. Stone RW11050/0016:210
S. Theodore D01040/0019:210
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
A. Vasilevskiy (L)335280.84857:28
GOALIESSA
A. Vasilevskiy (L)33
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
M. Fleury (W)273240.88959:54
GOALIESSA
M. Fleury (W)27
STARS OF THE GAME
123T
TB40-16-5
1113
LV32-22-8
1225
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
E. Cernak D00-200/0219:201
A. Cirelli C01138/4018:491
B. Coburn D00-210/0216:240
B. Coleman LW00-220/0215:174
Y. Gourde RW00-102/0016:450
V. Hedman D02020/0227:500
T. Johnson RW00-224/8017:040
A. Killorn LW01100/1015:010
N. Kucherov RW01-230/0019:250
P. Maroon LW00-101/0011:272
O. Palat LW01110/0012:584
C. Paquette C00-128/4011:482
L. Schenn D00020/0016:014
M. Sergachev D00-110/0019:241
K. Shattenkirk D10-130/0018:161
S. Stamkos LW20-141/7018:061
M. Stephens C00-105/11013:380
C. Verhaeghe LW00-110/0008:521
Total3602729/358-22
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
W. Carrier LW00100/0008:431
C. Eakin C01138/9217:023
N. Holden D00-110/0018:002
W. Karlsson C00-1010/5217:400
J. Marchessault LW00130/0015:562
A. Martinez D11310/0020:101
B. McNabb D00120/0020:145
J. Merrill D00100/0216:341
T. Nosek LW00213/6011:170
M. Pacioretty LW11031/0016:140
R. Reaves RW10111/0010:507
N. Roy C01100/3013:320
N. Schmidt D01220/0020:190
R. Smith RW01110/0018:071
P. Stastny C101412/6017:320
C. Stephenson C00120/0016:321
M. Stone RW11050/0016:210
S. Theodore D01040/0019:210
Total5803335/298-24
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
A. Vasilevskiy (L)335280.84857:28
GOALIESSA
A. Vasilevskiy (L)33
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
M. Fleury (W)273240.88959:54
GOALIESSA
M. Fleury (W)27
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD

123T
TB40-16-5
1113
LV32-22-8
1225
TEAM STATS
3.80
GF AVG
2.84
GA AVG
.75
Power Play
3.50
GF AVG
3.39
GA AVG
.69
Power Play
All times are US/Eastern.