Stamkos Scores Twice As Lightning Shake Off Slow Start, Defeat Habs

Bolts Rebound From Slow Start In Win Over Habs


The Tampa Bay Lightning started slow and were trailing 1-0 less than a minute into the game. Thanks to the work of Andrei Vasilevskiy, the Canadiens were held to just the one early goal.  Midway through the first period the Bolts woke up and took control of the action scoring twice before the period expired.

Steven Stamkos scored a pair of goals while J.T. Miller and Yanni Gourde also scored as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 on Saturday night.

Anton Stralman added three assists and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 34-of-35 shots as the Bolts improve to 9-3-1 (19-points) on the season. They also remain perfect (6-0-0) against Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division (3-0-0) teams.

Max Domi scored the lone goal for the Canadiens who fall to 7-4-2 on the season.

Lightning Notes:

  • Steven Stamkos scored a power play goal to tie the game in the first period. It was his third goal of the season.  Nikita Kucherov picked up an assist on the season.
  • The goal extended Stamkos’ point streak to five straight games versus Montreal.
  • J.T. Miller scored his fourth goal of the season, his first at even strength, to put the Lightning up 2-1 in the first period. Anton Stralman picked up an assist on the goal.
  • Stamkos scored his second goal of the game in the third period to give Tampa Bay a 3-1 lead. Anton Stralman and Nikita Kucherov each picked up an assist.
  • It was Stamkos’ first multi-goal game of the season and 66th regular season multi-goal game of his career.
  • Kucherov has tallied points in nine of his past 11 games (5-9–14).
  • Yanni Gourde scored his fifth goal of the season to give the Bolts a 4-1 third period lead. Brayden Point and Anton Stralman picked up assists.
  • It was Stralman’s third assist of the game. His second such game in his career.  His first came when he was a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets against the Chicago Blackhawks on April 1, 2011.
  • The Lightning penalty kill unit first in the NHL killing 93.3-percent (42-of-45) of the opposing power plays. They improve on that mark holding the Habs scoreless in all four of their power play opportunities.

Injured Bolts:

Victor Hedman (Upper Body) and Ondrej Palat (Lower Body) both missed their fourth straight game.

Up Next For Bolts:

Tampa Bay will play the back half of their third of 11 back-to-back series the season in Ottawa against the Senators. It’s expected that Louis Domingue will make the start in net. If he does it will be his 100th game in the NHL.

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