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Lightning score six against Bishop, Stars

Stamkos has four points, Kucherov gets 17th goal against former teammate

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- Steven Stamkos scored twice against former teammate Ben Bishop, and the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars 6-1 at Amalie Arena on Thursday.

 

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Bishop made 22 saves in his first game against the Lightning since he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings on Feb. 26. He signed with Dallas this offseason.

"Obviously we're very disappointed right now," Bishop said. "We've got to look in the mirror quick and figure it out because this isn't good enough. It starts with me in net, but we've all got to do better here."

Stamkos had two assists and leads the NHL with 35 points (10 goals, 25 assists).

Video: DAL@TBL: Stamkos pots scorching PPG on one-timer

"We had a game plan, we stuck to it," the forward said. "We wanted to keep our foot on the gas in the third period and we were about to do that. It was a great job of us progressing as a team."

The Stars (9-9-1) went 0-2-1 on their three-game road trip.

"We are what we are right now," Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We're giving up way too many goals. On this trip we gave up 14 or 15 goals (15). You can't do that. You can't play this way and be successful. We've got to do a better job defensively."

Nikita Kucherov scored his 17th goal and had two assists, and Mikhail Sergachev, Brayden Point and Jake Dotchin scored for the Lightning (15-2-2). Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves for his NHL-leading 14th win.

Stamkos gave the Lighting a 1-0 lead 47 seconds into the second period when he sent a one-timer past Bishop from the top of the left circle on a power play. His second goal came at 3:57 of the third period to give the Lightning a 4-1 lead. Kucherov took control of the puck behind the net and found Stamkos open at the hash marks.

"It was nice to get a couple," Stamkos said. "When I'm sure once the dust settles I'll give [Bishop] a little text and maybe thank him for letting me grab a few tonight."

Radek Faksa scored on a breakaway at 3:34 of the second period to tie it 1-1. Sergachev gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead at 4:51 with a shot from the right point.

Video: DAL@TBL: Faksa steals puck, bags breakaway goal

Point made it 3-1 with a shorthanded goal at 11:20. He stole the puck from defenseman John Klingberg behind the net and beat Bishop on a wraparound.

"Obviously they have one of the best power plays in the League," Point said. "I was just trying to force something and I was pretty fortunate. We got a lot of pressure that caused turnovers and they turned into chances for us."

Klingberg said, "I just missed the puck. I know he's coming there and I tried to wheel the net and I just missed the puck."

Lightning coach Jon Cooper said Point's line with Yanni Gourde and Ondrej Palat deserved credit for its play on both ends.

"In the end, [Stamkos'] line is going to get a lot of accolades," Cooper said. "But Brayden Point's line went against Jamie Benn for 21 minutes tonight and kept them off the score sheet."

Dotchin put the Lightning ahead 5-1 at 8:18 of the third period, and Kucherov made it 6-1 at 13:52.

Video: DAL@TBL: Kucherov finishes off attack with tap in

 

Goal of the game

Stamkos' goal at 3:57 of the third period.

Video: DAL@TBL: Stamkos buries great feed from Kucherov

 

Save of the game

Vasilevskiy's glove save on Tyler Seguin at 9:02 of the second period.

Video: DAL@TBL: Vasilevskiy pushes across to deny a PPG

 

Highlight of the game

Point's shorthanded goal at 11:20 of the second period.

Video: DAL@TBL: Point capitalizes on turnover for SHG

 

They said it

"They get a 5-on-3, it's the best power play in the League … our [penalty kill] is flying under the radar. You look at [Dan] Girardi, [Ryan] Callahan, blocking shots and sacrificing their body. It was a huge part of the game." -- Lightning captain Steven Stamkos

"It was a tough way to lose, there were some tough bounces out there. It was a close game there until a couple of weird ones and then obviously they took over." -- Stars goalie Ben Bishop

 

Need to know

Tampa Bay is the first NHL team to win 15 of its first 19 games since Dallas in 2015-16 (15-4-0). … Stars forward Alexander Radulov had a nine-game point streak end (five goals, eight assists). … Bishop played for Tampa Bay from 2012-17. The Lightning showed a video tribute at the first TV timeout and he got a standing ovation. "These fans mean a lot to me," Bishop said. "I had some great years here and they hold a big place in my heart."

 

What's next

Stars: Host the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday (2 p.m. ET; FS-SW, SNW, NHL.TV)

Lightning: Host the New York Islanders on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; SUN, MSG+, NHL.TV)

 

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