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Stamkos goal in third helps Lightning defeat Golden Knights

Vasilevskiy makes 27 saves, extends personal point streak to 16 to tie Tampa Bay record

by Corey Long / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Stamkos' suave redirect

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

Steven Stamkos sets up in front of the crease and redirects a floating shot from Brayden Point, giving the Lightning a 3-2 lead

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TAMPA -- Steven Stamkos broke a tie midway through the third period to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-2 win against the Vegas Golden Knights at Amalie Arena on Tuesday. 

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves to tie a Lightning record with a 16-game personal point streak (14-0-2). Nikolai Khabibulin went 12-0 with four ties from Feb. 15 to April 2, 2003.

"I don't know him to be honest and never met him, but it's pretty cool especially when it helps our team to be high in the standings," Vasilevskiy said. "The record, that's good, but a better place in the standings, even better."

 

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Brayden Point had a goal and an assist and Nikita Kucherov had two assists for the Lightning (33-15-5), who have won four straight and are in second place in the Atlantic Division, five point behind the Boston Bruins.

Paul Stastny and William Carrier scored for Vegas (27-21-7), which is in third place in the Pacific Division. Marc-Andre Fleury made 14 saves on 17 shots.

"I liked our game," Golden Knights coach Peter DeBoer said. "It's a tough building to come into against a real good team. The only thing we didn't do well was capitalize on our opportunities. 

"I thought we let them off the hook on some empty nets and outnumbered attacks. Some chances that would have put them in a hole, especially early in the game. You let a team like that off the hook … they can score, they don't need a lot of chances to do it and that's what happened."

Stamkos' game-winner came at 10:36 off of tip of a shot from Point that got past Fleury to make it 3-2. Alex Killorn added an empty-net goal with 44 seconds remaining to make it 4-2.

"I saw that Kucherov poked it over to [Point] and I was hoping he would just spin and fire it because I knew I had good position in front of the net," Stamkos said. "Anytime you tip it you try to tip it but it doesn't always happen, but it was nice to see that one go in."

Stastny tied the game 2-2 with a redirection of a shot by Jonathan Marchessault at 3:47 of the third period.

Video: VGK@TBL: Stastny nets equalizer on tip-in down low

"We faced a good team tonight and we didn't give them much," Fleury said. "We held the puck. It's disappointing to lose, it's disappointing giving up three goals on those tips. They were not easy, but it was costly."

Point gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead at 10:57 of the first period. Carrier tied the game 1-1 at 1542 of the period. 

"We're working on our game, our d-zone was really good … we were in there and out of there," Carrier said. "I mean those goals were just … they shot pucks and a couple deflect and go in. We don't get that, so we've got to keep working."

Tyler Johnson made it 2-1 on double tip off a shot from Ondrej Palat that also hit Anthony Cirelli's stick. Cirelli's tip redirected the puck toward the net and Johnson's tip got under Fleury's pad on the save attempt.

Video: VGK@TBL: Johnson reclaims on double redirect

"We always talk about trying to make it tough for the opposing goalie, you have to get in front of the net," Johnson said. "Sometimes you get lucky like mine and other times when you do that it's hard and the goalies can't really get it. So you just have to do a better job of getting there, but it's also getting the shots and putting them there as well."

 

They said it

"You come in here and you've got to do everything right. You've got to win the special teams, you've got to be opportunistic, you've got to work hard and try to limit them. We did a lot of those things, but there's a reason their record is what it is. They don't need a lot of looks to stick pucks in the net." -- Golden Knights coach Peter DeBoer

"Sometimes you play your best hockey and don't get rewarded and tonight it wasn't our best, but we get the two points and we'll take it." -- Lightning forward Brayden Point.

 

Need to know

Lightning defenseman Jan Rutta left the game early in the first period after taking a check in the boards from Golden Knights forward Nicolas Roy. Lightning coach Jon Cooper said Rutta will likely miss some time. … Golden Knights defenseman Brayden McNabb had two assists. … Stastny has scored in four of his past six games. … Kucherov has 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) during an eight-game point streak. … Stamkos has 13 points (seven goals, six assists) during an eight-game point streak. … Point's last goal was Jan. 7 vs. Vancouver. … Golden Knights forward Max Pacioretty had 11 shot attempts (five on goal), three hits and three takeaways. 

 

What's next

Golden Knights: At the Florida Panthers on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; FS-F, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV)

Lightning: Host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; SNE, SNO, TVAS, SUN, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV)

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