Stamkos scores 18th goal for Lightning down Canucks, a team-leading feat

Steven Stamkos scored his 18th goal for the team, Andrei Vasilevskiy had 24 saves, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat Vancouver Canucks 4-2.

Tampa Bay’s other goals were scored by Anthony Cirelli, Boris Katchouk, and Brayden Pin. Katchouk scored 3-1 at 11.24 in the third quarter during a 2-on-1, and Vasilevskiy stopped Elias Pettersson from scoring after the ensuing faceoff.

“Am I happy about the result?” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said, “There’s no doubt, I won’t frown at that,” but he felt we made it more difficult for ourselves. “We were able to recover in most situations, but we did play with fire a little.

“When you don’t have as many shot attempts as you do, and you have the puck as much as us, you probably played a lot more pretty than you should have,” he said. “We were able to get away with it tonight. We are much better off in the tank.”

Tyler Motte and Matthew Highmore each scored a goal and assisted on an assist. Thatcher Demko stopped 17 shots to keep the Canucks at bay, who are now 8-2-1 after Bruce Boudreau took over as coach from Travis Green. Vancouver suffered a nine day break from COVID-19 protocol and lost Tuesday night to Florida 5-2.

After failing to covert three opportunities Tuesday, the Canucks were 0-4-4 on the power play against the Lightning.

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Boudreau stated, “I enjoyed the compete.” “I felt that we were much more successful than the previous night. If you can keep that team down to 21 shots, it’s a win. [on goal]I think we did a good job. We also had many opportunities.”

He added, “We had 4 power plays and you don’t receive anything.” “It was my fault for sending the same guys back out there every time. It has to improve. We are a team that needs some success on power play, and we didn’t get it.”

Motte scored with 4:14 remaining to cut the Canucks’ lead to 3-2. He put the puck between both his legs and lifted the puck over Vasilevskiy.

Point iced this game with an empty-netter.

With 20.7 seconds remaining in the first, Tampa Bay had a 2-1 advantage on Cirelli’s in-close backhander.

Stamkos scored the first goal during a power-play from the left circle at 3:16 in the game. Stamkos tied Jean Beliveau (the Lightning captain) for 30th with 173 power play goals. Alex Ovechkin, career leader with 275, is the only active player who has more.

Highmore tied the score at 1 at 12:05 in the first, with his first goal of the season. After missing 24 games due to injury to the upper body, Highmore was now playing in his fourth match.