TAMPA (AP) —
Steven Stamkos scored his first objective since having proper knee surgical procedure final November and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-four on Thursday night time.
Stamkos made it three-1 with an influence-play aim at three:forty nine of the second interval from the low left circle. The Lightning star beforehand scored Nov. fifteenth at Detroit, the identical recreation that he had a season-ending lateral meniscus tear within the knee.
Stamkos entered with 5 assists in three video games this season.
Slater Koekkoek received his first two NHL objectives, and Victor Hedman and Nikita Kucherov additionally scored for the Lightning. Alex Killorn had 4 assists, whereas Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves.
Pittsburgh acquired objectives from Jake Guentzel, Conor Sheary, Bryan Rust and Matt Hunwick. Antti Niemi, who allowed 4 objectives on thirteen photographs over 9:sixteen towards Chicago on Oct. 5 in his Penguins debut, stopped 29 photographs.
After Stamkos tied Vincent Lecavalier for the Lightning workforce document with 112 energy-play objectives, Sheary and Kucherov traded objectives later within the second. Rust scored on the facility play to chop the deficit to four-three with 5:36 to go within the interval.
Koekkoek obtained his first aim, coming in his forty third recreation, 6:07 into the primary. His second prolonged the result in 5-three late within the second.
Hunwick obtained Pittsburgh inside 5-four at 10:01 of the third.
Hedman put Tampa Bay up 2-1 on an influence-play objective from simply contained in the blue line with one-tenth of a second left within the first interval.
Guentzel tied it at 1 4 seconds after a Pittsburgh energy play ended halfway via the primary. The Penguins had three man-benefit objectives in a three-2 win Wednesday night time at Washington.
Kris Letang assisted on Guentzel’s objective and joined Paul Coffey (332) as the one Pittsburgh defenseman to succeed in 300 assists.
NOTES: Pittsburgh will play its second and remaining recreation at Tampa Bay on Oct. 21. … Lightning C Cedric Paquette didn’t play on account of an undisclosed damage.
Penguins: Return residence to play Florida on Saturday night time.
Lightning: Host St. Louis on Saturday night time.
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