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Blackhawks 5, Lightning 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Blackhawks 5, Lightning 3
Chicago Blackhawks 5, Tampa Bay Lightning 3

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

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

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 just 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 just 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 just 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."

Notes: 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 at Monday's 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 Tuesday's game with a lower body injury he sustained in Saturday's game against the Capitals.

scoring summary
1st Period
11:53
CHI
Duncan Keith (7) ASST: Marty Havlat (27), Brent Seabrook (11)
1 - 0 CHI
12:58
TBL
Steven Stamkos (8) ASST: Josef Melichar (6), Lukas Krajicek (10)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
10:28
TBL
PPG - Steven Stamkos (9) ASST: Vinny Prospal (22), Gary Roberts (2)
2 - 1 TBL
11:38
TBL
PPG - Steven Stamkos (10) ASST: Steve Eminger (19), Vinny Prospal (23)
3 - 1 TBL
19:12
CHI
PPG - Jonathan Toews (19) ASST: Patrick Kane (32), Cam Barker (22)
3 - 2 TBL
3rd Period
01:46
CHI
PPG - Patrick Kane (18) ASST: Brian Campbell (32), Jonathan Toews (26)
3 - 3 Tie
12:46
CHI
Dave Bolland (13) ASST: Marty Havlat (28), Duncan Keith (24)
4 - 3 CHI
15:59
CHI
Jonathan Toews (20) ASST: Troy Brouwer (12), Patrick Kane (33)
5 - 3 CHI
penalty summary
1st Period
00:24
CHI
Andrew Ladd  Interference against  Matt Smaby
05:21
TBL
Steve Eminger  Hooking against  Patrick Kane
10:59
CHI
Troy Brouwer  Slashing against  Gary Roberts
10:59
TBL
Gary Roberts  Slashing against  Troy Brouwer
16:40
TBL
Lukas Krajicek  Hooking against  Jonathan Toews
2nd Period
02:08
CHI
Jonathan Toews  Holding against  Adam Hall
09:45
CHI
Craig Adams  Hi stick - double minor against  Vincent Lecavalier
18:15
CHI
Adam Burish  Fighting (maj) against  Adam Hall
18:15
TBL
Adam Hall  Fighting (maj) against  Adam Burish
18:46
TBL
Steve Downie  Fighting (maj) against  Dustin Byfuglien
18:46
CHI
Dustin Byfuglien  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Downie
18:46
TBL
Steve Downie  Instigator against  Adam Burish
18:46
TBL
Steve Downie  Misconduct (10 min)
3rd Period
00:29
TBL
Lukas Krajicek  Interference against  Jonathan Toews
11:00
TBL
Vinny Prospal  Slashing against  Dustin Byfuglien
12:05
CHI
Dustin Byfuglien  Tripping against  Martin St. Louis
18:10
CHI
Brian Campbell  Holding against  Adam Hall
goalie stats
Cristobal Huet
SA: 23TOI: 59:46
Saves: 20EV: 13 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 9
SV%: .870SH: 0 - 0
Karri Ramo
SA: 49TOI: 58:36
Saves: 44EV: 31 - 34
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 12
SV%: .898SH: 3 - 3