Stamkos has 2 points, Lightning top Canucks 4-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 17, 2014 at 10:43 pm •  Published: March 17, 2014
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning are gaining momentum entering the stretch run.

Steven Stamkos and Ondrej Palat both had a goal and an assist to lead the Lightning past the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 on Monday night.

Valtteri Filppula and Tom Pyatt also scored for the Lightning, who moved into a second-place tie with Montreal — with one game at hand — in the Atlantic Division after completing a 3-1-2 homestand.

Ben Bishop extended his single-season team record with his 32nd win.

"Great homestand, especially after you drop the first one," Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. "It's not how you get there, you just need the points."

Vancouver, 10th in the Western Conference, is 3-6-1 in its last 10 games. Alexandre Burrows scored two goals, and Jannik Hansen added a short-handed tally for the Canucks.

"We know we still have a chance, but obviously we need to string wins together, and not just three, four or five," Hansen said. "We need to start winning games and a lot of them."

Burrows had an assist on Hansen's goal for a three-point game. He had a goal and two assists in Sunday's 4-3 shootout win at Florida.

After Pyatt scored midway through the third period, the Canucks got within one on goals by Burrows at 11:44 and Hansen at 15:16.

"We've still got to fix some things," Stamkos said. "You take a lead into the third we know, especially teams that are fighting for their playoff lives, they're going to throw everything at us. We have to be a little smarter."

Stamkos put the Lightning up 1-0 with a power-play goal from the low slot 17:56 into the game. Palat, who assisted on the goal, has five assists and nine points during a five-game point streak.

Bishop made in-close rebound saves on Alexander Edler and Shawn Matthias late in the first.



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