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Stamkos paces Lightning in win over Kings

The Captain had three points in Tampa Bay's 4-2 victory in Los Angeles on Wednesday

by Jacob Lynn @TBLightning /

Steven Stamkos scored twice and added an assist as the Lightning came back from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Kings 4-2 on Wednesday.

It was Los Angeles who got off to the fast start thanks to goals from Tyler Toffoli and Alex Iafallo.

Less than seven minutes into the game, Toffoli worked his way into the slot on a power play and beat Andrei Vasilevskiy with a backhand shot. Iafallo doubled the Kings' lead early in the second period with a slapshot from the left wing.  

Tampa Bay answered back with a pair of second period goals to tie the game at two through 40 minutes.

Video: TBL@LAK: Johnson nets Palat return feed in transition

The Bolts got on the board at 5:48 of the period with Tyler Johnson finishing off a two-on-one feed from Ondrej Palat. Steven Stamkos then capped off a furious push by the Lightning with a one-timed goal from the left circle just as a power play expired.

Erik Cernak scored the game-winner early in the third with a shot from the point. The Lightning won the faceoff back to Cernak who beat Jonathan Quick through a screen in front.

Stamkos added an empty net goal with less than a second remaining in regulation to round out the scoring.

The road trip continues on Friday night as the Bolts face the Ducks in Anaheim.  

Scoring Summary
1st Period
LAK | 6:44 Tyler Toffoli (13) - Adrian Kempe, Anze Kopitar - PPG

2nd Period
LAK | 1:18 Alex Iafallo (11) - Dustin Brown, Alec Martinez
TBL | 5:48 Tyler Johnson (12) - Ondrej Palat, Anthony Cirelli
TBL | 11:58 Steven Stamkos (21) - Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point

3rd Period
TBL | 4:13 Erik Cernak (4) - Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos
TBL | 19:59 Steven Stamkos (22) - Brayden Point, Alex Killorn - EN

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