TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Steven Stamkos had two goals and two assists, rookie goalie Cedrick Desjardins won in his NHL debut and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 on Thursday night.
Stamkos made it 3-1 at 1:46 of the third when he beat goalie Carey Price with a backhander after a spin move in the slot during a penalty shot. The center extended Tampa Bay's advantage to 4-1 on a wraparound goal, his 31st of the season, with 15:20 left.
Desjardins, a former Montreal minor leaguer obtained by the Lightning in an offseason trade, made 27 saves.
Martin St. Louis and Pavel Kubina also scored for Tampa Bay, 7-1-1 in its last nine games.
Max Pacioretty scored for the Canadiens, who have lost eight of 10. Price was pulled with 7:50 to go in the third and was replaced by Alex Auld.
CHICAGO (AP) - Joe Thornton broke a tie on a deflection at 7:13 of the third period and San Jose beat Chicago to snap a two-game losing streak.
Thornton, parked in front of the crease, redirected Marc-Edouard Vlasic's shot from the left point past Marty Turco 7 seconds after a San Jose power-play ended.
Scott Nichol, Benn Ferriero, Dany Heatley and Ryane Clowe also scored for the Sharks, who bounced back after blowing a 3-1 lead. Clowe connected into an empty net with 48 seconds left.
San Jose goalie Antti Niemi made 26 saves in his first appearance at the United Center since backstopping the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup last spring. He improved to 3-0 against his former club.
Patrick Sharp, Troy Brouwer and Brian Campbell scored for Chicago.
ATLANTA (AP) - Tim Stapleton and Bryan Little scored in the first two rounds of a shootout and Toby Enstrom had two power-play goals for Atlanta.
The Thrashers snapped a four-game losing streak and ended the Bruins' winning streak at three.
Stapleton, who doesn't have a point this season, beat Tim Thomas with a shot through the legs to open the shootout. Atlanta's Ondrej Pavelec stopped Boston's Tyler's bid before Little put the puck past Thomas. Pavelec then wrapped up his eighth victory in his last 10 home games, stopping Blake Wheeler.
Wheeler and Patrice Bergeron scored in regulation for Boston.
TORONTO (AP) - Kristian Huselius scored twice, R.J. Umberger added the winner on a third-period power play and Steve Mason made 20 saves.
Umberger scored his 11th goal of the season at 3:34 of the third. With Joey Crabb off for holding, Umberger tipped Rick Nash's wrist shot past goalie Jonas Gustavsson.
Nikolai Kulemin and Tyler Bozak scored for Toronto.