FINAL
PHX
5
BOS
2
FINAL OT
CBJ
3
SJS
2
FINAL
NYR
6
BUF
3
FINAL
OTT
1
TOR
5
FINAL SO
DAL
5
NYI
4
FINAL
MTL
3
PIT
2
FINAL
NJD
2
WSH
7
FINAL
ATL
3
TBL
5
FINAL OT
PHI
1
STL
2
FINAL
ANA
1
NSH
4
FINAL
DET
3
CHI
2
FINAL SO
LAK
2
VAN
1
ATL
34-36-12
TBL
46-25-11

30 SOG
36 SOG

Lightning 5, Thrashers 3

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Steven Stamkos didn't lose his scoring touch during the offseason.

Stamkos had two goals and an assist to help new Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher win his NHL debut in the Lightning's 5-3 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday night.

"It's a good way to start a season," Stamkos said.

Stamkos had 51 goals last season to tie Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby for the NHL lead. Steve Downie, Dominic Moore and Vincent Lecavalier also scored for the Lightning in their season opener.

"I've played with Stamkos a couple of times at the world championships and I know he's got unbelievable hands," said Atlanta goalie Chris Mason, who made 31 saves. "Both his goals were great tips."

The Thrashers, who trailed 4-0 in the second period, got goals from Tobias Enstrom, Ben Eager and Chris Thorburn.

"Overall, our team really showed courage to come back," Atlanta coach Craig Ramsay said. "But you can't fall behind that much."

Atlanta goalie Ondrej Pavelec, diagnosed with a concussion, remained hospitalized Saturday. He was undergoing additional tests to determine why he collapsed in Friday night in the team's season-opening 4-2 win over Washington.

"I talked to him," Ramsay said. "He sounded great. He had a great attitude. They've been doing a lot of tests and so far everything is normal. We'll just hope for the best."

Boucher was hired as the Lightning's seventh head coach June 10. He coached Montreal's AHL farm team in Hamilton last season, going 52-17-11 en route to the Western Conference finals.

"Yes it does ... it feels good," Boucher said.

Thorburn pulled Atlanta within 4-3 at 7:41 of the third. Stamkos responded with a nifty waist-high redirection from the low slot to put the Lightning back up by two with 9:01 to play.

"I was scared it was a high-stick at first," Stamkos said.

After Downie scored a power-play goal at 5:23 of the first, Moore put the Lightning ahead 2-0 with 11:39 left in the period. Tampa Bay outshot the Thrashers 20-13 during the first.

Lecavalier's power-play goal 2:20 into the second period made it 3-0. Stamkos extended the lead to 4-0 at 5:21.

The Thrashers cut the deficit to 4-2 late in the second. Enstrom scored during a 5-on-3 power play with 3:29 remaining before Eager added an unassisted goal at 18:12.

Tampa Bay's Mike Smith made 27 saves.

NOTES: Tampa Bay improved to 21-8-1-2 at home against the Thrashers. ... Atlanta called up G Drew MacIntyre from their AHL affiliate in Chicago to back up Mason. ... Tampa Bay D Mattias Ohlund (knee) didn't play. ... Lecavalier has 27 goals and 60 points in 61 games against Atlanta.

1st2nd3rdT
ATL
TBL
Scoring Summary
1st Period
05:23TBL PPG - Steve Downie (1) ASST: Ryan Malone (1), Brett Clark (1) 1 - 0 TBL
08:21TBL Dominic Moore (1) ASST: Teddy Purcell (1), Sean Bergenheim (1) 2 - 0 TBL
2nd Period
02:20TBL PPG - Vincent Lecavalier (1) ASST: Martin St. Louis (1), Steven Stamkos (1) 3 - 0 TBL
05:21TBL Steven Stamkos (1) ASST: Victor Hedman (1), Steve Downie (1) 4 - 0 TBL
16:31ATL PPG - Tobias Enstrom (1) ASST: Niclas Bergfors (2), Andrew Ladd (1) 4 - 1 TBL
18:12ATL Ben Eager (1) ASST: NONE 4 - 2 TBL
3rd Period
07:41ATL Chris Thorburn (1) ASST: Brent Sopel (1), Ben Eager (1) 4 - 3 TBL
10:59TBL Steven Stamkos (2) ASST: Randy Jones (1) 5 - 3 TBL
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:39ATL Rich Peverley  Too many men on the ice
2nd Period
01:21ATL Tobias Enstrom  Tripping against  Steve Downie
05:48TBL Brett Clark  Interference against  Niclas Bergfors
08:13ATL Chris Thorburn  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Steve Downie
08:13TBL Steve Downie  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Chris Thorburn
08:51TBL Victor Hedman  Holding against  Evander Kane
11:27TBL Pavel Kubina  Interference against  Evander Kane
13:42ATL Ron Hainsey  Holding against  Steve Downie
15:30TBL Victor Hedman  Tripping against  Alexander Burmistrov
15:48TBL Dominic Moore  Interference - Goalkeeper against  Chris Mason
3rd Period
04:13TBL Vincent Lecavalier  Hi-sticking against  Ben Eager
14:20ATL Dustin Byfuglien  Interference against  Simon Gagne
19:51ATL Ben Eager  Roughing against  Martin St. Louis
shots by period
PeriodATLTBL
1st1320
2nd99
3rd87
Total3036
Team Stats
CategoryATLTBL
Power Plays1/62/5
Hits1618
Faceoff Wins2434
Giveaways87
Takeaways57
Blocked Shots1712
Penalty Minutes1214
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  • TAMPA BAY
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#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
41M. Smith2730.90060:00