The Canucks started the night by honoring Markus Naslund, the highest-scoring player in franchise history. They ended it by watching Stamkos and the Lightning celebrate after his power-play goal 34 seconds into overtime gave the Bolts a 5-4 victory on Saturday -- their first win ever in Vancouver.
"To come into this building and steal two points is huge for us," Lightning forward Teddy Purcell said. "I hope we can keep this rolling back home."
The Lightning, who blew a two-goal lead in the third period, began OT on the power play after Ryan Kesler was penalized for high-sticking Sean Bergenheim in the final seconds of regulation. With a 4-on-3 advantage in OT, Stamkos set up at the top of the right circle and one-timed a feed by Martin St. Louis into the top right corner past Cory Schneider's glove for his second goal of the night.
Schneider, giving Roberto Luongo a night off, stopped just 18 of 23 shots -- and allowed four goals on nine shots after the first period.
"They cashed on their opportunities and I couldn't make that big save when I needed to," said Schneider, who remains undefeated in regulation at 3-0-2 in seven appearances.
"A bit of a weird game -- they came out and had a lot of shots in the first and I felt pretty good, then a tough start to the second and from there on out they didn't really get many opportunities, but I've got to come up with a save there in the second to try to keep it to one and keep us close.
"We did a great job battling back to get a point, but I wish I could have been more of a difference-maker and help us get the win."
It was the Bolts' first win in 12 visits to Vancouver -- they were 0-8-2-1 since entering the NHL in 1992 -- and was a rewarding end to a frustrating trip that saw them lose 4-2 at Calgary on Tuesday and 4-3 in a shootout at Edmonton on Friday.
"It was a huge win, especially after last night when we thought we should have had a win," Stamkos said. "It's a good way to end the trip.
Daniel Sedin gave the Canucks a 1-0 lead midway through the first period, but Nate Thompson tied it at 14:05 and Brett Clark banged in a power-play rebound 65 seconds into the second period to put the Lightning ahead.
Stamkos got a little lucky on his first goal -- he was in front of the net and was hit in the arm by Mike Lundin's shot while trying to screen Schneider. The puck deflected into the net at 3:02 for his second goal in as many nights after a six-game goal drought.
Stamkos has 24 goals and 44 points, second only to Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby in both categories.
The Canucks stepped up the pressure in the third period, outshooting Tampa Bay 11-3 and pulling even on goals by Henrik Sedin and Keith Ballard. Sedin scored on a bad-angled power-play shot at 9:38 and Ballard beat Dan Ellis past the blocker with a stoppable wrister from the top of the right circle with 5:47 remaining.
Tampa Bay was hanging on at the end of regulation before Kesler's penalty gave them the power play that led to the winner.
"I think we were just trying to get the point at the end," Stamkos said. "It's kind of been the story of our season -- ups and downs that have cost us some points. We got a big break with the power play, and this time we capitalized."
Prior to the game the Canucks retired Naslund's No. 19.
"Young hockey players in northern Sweden never dream of a night like this," Naslund said during an emotional 50-minute ceremony. "I can't tell you all how special it is to be back home here. This is a special night for me and my family to be united with so many good friends."
Material from team and national media and wire services was used in this report
|Daniel Sedin (16) ASST: Henrik Sedin (29), Alexandre Burrows (5)|
1 - 0 VAN
|Nate Thompson (5) ASST: Ryan Malone (14), Randy Jones (8)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Brett Clark (6) ASST: Dominic Moore (6), Teddy Purcell (15)|
2 - 1 TBL
|Steven Stamkos (23) ASST: Mike Lundin (7)|
3 - 1 TBL
|PPG - Manny Malhotra (5) ASST: Mikael Samuelsson (12), Cory Schneider (2)|
3 - 2 TBL
|Teddy Purcell (6) ASST: Steven Stamkos (20), Martin St. Louis (25)|
4 - 2 TBL
|PPG - Henrik Sedin (4) ASST: Daniel Sedin (18), Cory Schneider (3)|
4 - 3 TBL
|Keith Ballard (2) ASST: NONE|
4 - 4 Tie
|PPG - Steven Stamkos (24) ASST: Martin St. Louis (26), Ryan Malone (15)|
5 - 4 TBL
|Henrik Sedin Hooking against Steven Stamkos|
|Raffi Torres Interference against Matt Smaby|
|Adam Hall Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Victor Hedman Holding against Ryan Kesler|
|Matt Smaby Roughing against Jannik Hansen|
|Marc-Antoine Pouliot Too many men/ice - bench|
|Ryan Kesler Hi-sticking against Sean Bergenheim|