Associated Press, Published October 17 2013
Stamkos scores tie-breaking goal as Lightning top WildTAMPA, Fla. – Steven Stamkos scored a tie-breaking goal with
5 minutes, 4 seconds left in the third period and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Minnesota Wild 3-1 on Thursday night.
Stamkos gave the Lightning a
2-1 lead when he skated in from the right-wing boards and lifted an in-close shot over goalie Josh Harding during a 4-on-4 rush. Sami Salo added an empty-net goal in the final minute.
Tyler Johnson also scored for Tampa Bay. Ben Bishop made a series of saves midway through the second, including one on a solid scoring chances by Jason Pominville and Dany Heatley.
Mikko Koivu scored for Minnesota, which was coming off a
4-1 loss at Toronto Tuesday night in which the Wild outshot the Maple Leafs 37-14.
Koivu tied it at 1 from the low left circle at 11:05 of the third.
Minnesota 0 0 1 – 1
Tampa Bay 1 0 2 – 3
First period: 1, Tampa Bay, Johnson 2 (Filppula, Panik), 14:02 (pp).
Third period: 2, Minnesota, Koivu 1 (Niederreiter, Suter), 11:05. 3, Tampa Bay, Stamkos 5 (Carle, Gudas), 14:56. 4, Tampa Bay, Salo 1, 19:42 (en).
Shots on goal: Minnesota 11-13-2 – 26. Tampa Bay 10-7-13 – 30.
Goalies: Minnesota, Harding. Tampa Bay, Bishop. A – 16,454 (19,204). T – 2:26.