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Associated Press, Published October 17 2013

Stamkos scores tie-breaking goal as Lightning top Wild

TAMPA, 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.