Steven Stamkos and the Lightning turned a three-goal deficit into a milestone night.
Stamkos tied Vincent Lecavalier for Tampa Bay’s career lead in goals, Nikita Kucherov scored twice in the third period and the Lightning rallied to beat theRed Wings 5-4 in Detroit on Thursday. Tampa Bay equaled its franchise record of 54 wins, set last season.
The Red Wings led 3-0 in the second before Stamkos scored on the power play to start Tampa Bay’s comeback. His 383rd goal pulled him even with Lecavalier.
“It feels a lot better now than it did when it happened — to do it in a win,” Stamkos said. “It’s something you probably process a little later, but just a huge honor to be sharing that with Vinny right now. He was so instrumental to me in my career and what he meant to this organization.”
Stamkos made it 3-1, and the NHL-leading Lightning weren’t done. The league’s highest-scoring team added four goals in the third, with Kucherov and Tyler Johnson scoring 26 seconds apart to give Tampa Bay the lead with 11:10 remaining. Kucherov made it 5-3 with 3:22 left.
“I thought it was a bit deceiving with a 3-0 lead. We had a 3-0 lead, which is great. You’re putting yourself in position to win. But it wasn’t like we were dominating the game,” Detroit head coach Jeff Blashill said. “If anything, they started to carry the play at 2-0. Especially in the first, I thought we got hemmed in our zone a bunch.”
Senators 2, Blues 0: Anders Nilsson stopped 34 shots for his second shutout of the season as host Ottawa beat St. Louis.
Penguins 5, Sabres 0: Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist, Sidney Crosby added two assists and surging Pittsburgh beat host Buffalo.
Capitals 5, Flyers 2: Brett Connolly had two goals and an assist to help visiting Washington beat Philadelphia. Evgeny Kuznetsov added a goal and an assist, and Lars Eller and Tom Wilson also scored as the Capitals remained two points ahead of the second-place Islanders atop the Metropolitan Division.
Islanders 2, Canadiens 1: Anders Lee scored the tie-breaking goal late in the third period and former Sharks goalie Thomas Greiss stopped 33 shots as New York beat visiting Montreal.
Jets 4, Bruins 3: Mark Scheifele had a goal and two assists to lead host Winnipeg past Boston.
Stars 4, Wild 1: Radek Faksa, Roope Hintz and Joel L’Esperance scored for Dallas in a span of 2:22 early in the second period, and the visiting Stars beat Minnesota after goalie Ben Bishop was hurt.
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