4-goal 3d period helps Tampa take over 1st place
Tampa has finishing touch
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The Tampa Bay Lightning don’t lack for confidence in the final 20 minutes.
Steven Stamkos scored and had an assist during a four-goal third period that propelled visiting Tampa Bay to a 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.
The Lightning lead the NHL with 33 third-period goals.
Benoit Pouliot, Tom Pyatt, and Richard Panik had the other third-period goals for the Lightning, who snapped a tie with the Hurricanes atop the Southeast. Marc-Andre Bergeron scored in the first to help Tampa win for the third time in four games following a six-game losing streak.
Mathieu Garon made 32 saves for his second victory of the season. The first came Jan. 22 against Carolina. Garon has allowed three goals in two games against the Hurricanes and 12 in his other three starts.
Chad LaRose and Drayson Bowman scored for the Hurricanes, who have lost three straight after a 5-0-1 stretch.
Capitals 5, Devils 1 — Alex Ovechkin scored three goals in a game for the first time since Jan. 22, 2011, leading last-place Washington to a much-needed victory over visiting New Jersey.
Ovechkin put Washington ahead by sending a one-timer past goalie Johan Hedberg from the left circle off a pass from Mike Ribeiro, who had two assists.
Ilya Kovalchuk’s goal with 37.5 seconds left in the second period tied the game for New Jersey, but Ovechkin put Washington ahead to stay 1:23 into the third on a rush.
Ovechkin’s third goal was on a power play, with a little under five minutes remaining. He also assisted on Troy Brouwer’s power-play goal.
Blues 2, Blue Jackets 1 — David Perron scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period as St. Louis ended a five-game home losing streak.
Jaroslav Halak made 18 saves, giving up his first goal at home in 168 minutes, 32 seconds on Matt Calvert’s shorthanded tally late in the second, a streak that dated to March 31, 2012.
Senators 3, Maple Leafs 2 — Colin Greening batted a puck out of midair for a goal with 24 seconds remaining to give host Ottawa a win over Toronto.
Mika Zibanejad and Erik Condra also scored for the Senators (11-6-2), who got 26 saves from Ben Bishop. The win extends Ottawa’s winning streak to four games.
Canadiens 3, Rangers 0 — Each player on the line of Erik Cole, Alex Galchenyuk, and Lars Eller scored a goal and added an assist and Carey Price made 17 saves as host Montreal topped slumping New York, which has just one win in five games.
Islanders 4, Sabres 0 — Mark Streit and Michael Grabner scored 65 seconds apart late in the second period and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 35 shots for his 53d career shutout as New York beat Buffalo.
Red Wings 4, Predators 0 — Jimmy Howard made 33 saves for his first shutout of the season as host Detroit snapped a five-game losing streak.
Stars 3, Sharks 1 — Jamie Benn, Jaromir Jagr, and Michael Ryder scored for host Dallas and Cristopher Nilstorp was outstanding in making 31 saves for his first NHL win.
Flyers 5, Jets 3 — Brayden Schenn scored two goals and Wayne Simmonds scored a power-play goal — one of three for the home team — halfway through the third period as Philadelphia beat Winnipeg.
Kings 4, Avalanche 1 — Dustin Brown and Jeff Carter scored first-period goals and Trevor Lewis added his first career shorthanded goal as host Los Angeles beat Colorado for its third straight victory.
Oilers 3, Coyotes 2 — Jordan Eberle scored in regulation and in the shootout as host Edmonton snapped a two-game slide with a win over Phoenix.