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Vincent Lecavalier scores twice as Lightning beat Stars 4-2

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TAMPA, Fla. - Vincent Lecavalier scored twice as the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied for three goals in the third period to beat Dallas 4-2 on Monday night, their first home win over the Stars in nearly 13 years.

Lecavalier gave the Lightning a 3-2 lead with 5:06 left in the third from the top of the right circle during a power play. Vinny Prospal had an empty-net goal at 19:11 to make it 4-2.

Steven Stamkos pulled Tampa Bay even at two from the low slot off a pass from Steve Downie at 11:46 of the third.

Tampa Bay's Mark Recchi assisted on Lecavalier's third-period goal, moving him past Dale Hawerchuk into 17th place on the NHL's career points list with 1,410.

Brad Richards and Loui Eriksson scored for the Stars, who had their eight-game winning streak at Tampa Bay snapped. It was Dallas' first loss at Tampa Bay since Feb. 19, 1996.

Lecavalier put the Lightning ahead 1-0 on a short-handed goal 1:33 into the first. The Tampa Bay captain has a goal in three straight games, and has 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) over his last 12 games.

The Stars entered as one of three teams - along with Detroit and Philadelphia - that hadn't allowed a short-handed goal this season.

Lecavalier has 21 goals. He has scored 20 or more in each of his last nine seasons.

Richards, playing against his former team for the first time, tied it at two with a power-play goal 20 seconds after Lecavalier's goal. Richards, the playoff MVP when Tampa Bay won the 2004 Stanley Cup, was traded to Dallas last February.

The Stars took a 2-1 lead on Eriksson's goal at 4:19 of the second. Richards picked up an assist on the play.

Tampa Bay right wing Martin St. Louis had two assists. He has 14 assists and 19 points in his last 12 games.

Dallas, with the NHL's worst road power play, converted one of six man-advantage situations through two periods. Tampa Bay had just one power-play chance during the stretch, coming with 3:01 left in the second.

Notes: Lightning RW Evgeny Artyukhin was suspended two games by the NHL for a knee-to-knee hit on Florida D Ville Peltonen last Saturday. ... Stars C Mike Modano has not scored a goal in his last six games. He did have an assist Monday. ... Tampa Bay claimed D Cory Murphy off re-entry waivers from Florida.

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