Stamkos scored the winning power-play goal from the right of the net 5:30 into the third to give the Lightning a 3-2 lead. Tampa Bay won for just the second time in nine games, but beat the Panthers for the seventh straight time — three this season.
The reeling Panthers have lost seven of eight and 14 of 17.
I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.
— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie