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Steven Stamkos scores late in the 3rd period, Lightning beat Wild 3-1

Thursday, 10.17.2013 / 10:15 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Steven Stamkos scores late in the 3rd period, Lightning beat Wild 3-1

TAMPA, Fla. - Steven Stamkos scored a tiebreaking goal with 5:04 left in the third period and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Minnesota Wild 3-1 on Thursday night.

Stamkos gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead when he skated in from the right wing boards and lifted an in-close shot over goalie Josh Harding during a 4 on 4. Sami Salo added an empty-net goal in the final minute.

Tyler Johnson also scored for Tampa Bay. Ben Bishop made a series of saves midway through the second, including one on a solid scoring chances by Jason Pominville and Dany Heatley.

Mikko Koivu scored for Minnesota, which was coming off a 4-1 loss at Toronto Tuesday night in which the Wild outshot the Maple Leafs 37-14.

Koivu tied it at 1 from the low left circle at 11:05 of the third.

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