Stamkos Has 3 points in Tampa Bay Win Over Anaheim
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos scored his league-leading 41st and 42nd goals of the season and added an assist as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Stamkos put the Lightning up 1-0 when he poked a loose puck past goalie Jonas Hiller on a power play 28 seconds into the game. The center, who has five goals and eight points during a three-game point streak, made it 2-0 with an in-close rebound goal at 17:58 of the first.
Tampa Bay also got a goal and two assists from Teddy Purcell. The Lightning have won three in a row and are 10-3-2 in the last 15 games.
Saku Koivu and Bobby Ryan both had a goal and an assist for the Ducks, who had picked up at least a point (6-0-3) in their previous nine games. Anaheim dropped to 4-1-2 on an eight-game road trip.
Tampa Bay was without captain Vincent Lecavalier, who will be sidelined indefinitely by a broken right hand. The team announced during the first period that Lecavalier, hurt in Saturday night’s 2-1 win over Washington, has a non-displaced fracture.
After Koivu scored 40 seconds into the second, Purcell gave Tampa Bay a 3-1 lead two minutes later.
Ryan cut the Ducks’ deficit to 3-2 with 1:22 left in the second.
Tampa Bay’s Mathieu Garon made 28 saves, including 11 in the third.
Hiller had gone 13-2-4 with a 1.72 goals-against-average over his previous 20 games. He finished with 13 saves.
The Lightning traded right wing Steve Downie to Colorado as part of a three-team trade before the game that resulted in Tampa Bay getting a first-round draft pick and minor league defenseman Sebastien Piche from Detroit. Tampa Bay obtained Kyle Quincey from the Avalanche and then dealt the defenseman to the Red Wings.
Notes: Anaheim RW Corey Perry had his five-game point streak end (six goals, seven points). … Purcell has four assists and six points during a three-game point streak. … Koivu has 14 goals and 41 points in 38 games against Tampa Bay. … The Lightning recalled LW Mike Angelidis from Norfolk of the AHL. … The Ducks are 15-4-4 since Jan. 1.
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