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Bolts defeat Golden Knights to push winning streak to four games

Steven Stamkos scored the game-winner in the third period to lift Tampa Bay to a 4-2 win over Vegas

by Jacob Lynn @TBLightning /

The Lightning extended their winning streak to four games with a 4-2 victory over the Golden Knights at Amalie Arena on Tuesday night.

Although Tampa Bay emerged from the opening 20 minutes with a 2-1 lead, the first period was dominated by the Golden Knights. Tampa Bay was sloppy with the puck for most of the period, turning it over five times that led to 11 shots on goal for Vegas.

Goals from Brayden Point and Tyler Johnson helped the Bolts overcome the rough start, however. Point opened the scoring midway through the first period with a shot from the high slot. After William Carrier scored for Vegas to tie the game, Johnson scored on a double deflection with two minutes remaining in the period to give the Lightning the lead.

The Golden Knights tied the game early in the third on a Paul Stastny deflection. Jonathan Marchessault took the initial shot and Stastny was able to get positioning on Mikhail Sergachev in the slot to deflect the puck past Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Video: VGK@TBL: Stamkos tips home Point's shot in front

Tampa Bay answered back with a deflection of their own midway through the period that would go on to stand as the game-winner. On a broken play, Point wheeled and fired a shot that Steven Stamkos got a piece of to put the Bolts back up by a goal.  

Alex Killorn scored into an empty net in the final minute to round out the scoring.

Vasilevskiy kept the Lightning in the game during long stretches of play in the Tampa Bay zone. The Bolts ended up getting outshot 29-18 but Vasilevskiy backstopped the victory with 27 saves.  

The Lightning now turn their attention to Thursday's matchup against the Penguins.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
TBL | 10:57 Brayden Point (19) - Nikita Kucherov, Erik Cernak
VGK | 15:42 William Carrier (6) - Brayden McNabb, Cody Eakin
TBL | 17:57 Tyler Johnson (13) - Anthony Cirelli, Ondrej Palat

2nd Period
No Scoring

3rd Period
VGK | 3:47 Paul Stastny (16) - Jonathan Marchessault, Brayden McNabb
TBL | 10:36 Steven Stamkos (24) - Brayden Point, Nikita Kucherov
TBL | 19:15 Alex Killorn (21) - Ondrej Palat - EN

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