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Stamkos scores tiebreaking goal, Lightning beats Golden Knights 4-3

Stamkos scores tiebreaking goal, Lightning beats Golden Knights 4-3

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Dec 22
SW Creative
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Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos scored the winning goal with a one-timer from the left circle on a power play at 10:43 of the third period to beat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 on Tuesday. This game was the last NHL game before the holiday break.

“It certainly wasn’t the recipe that we want to continue,” Stamkos said. “But given the circumstances, and what’s gone on here the past week … we found a way to win a game that we probably shouldn’t have, and we’ll certainly take it.”

Gabriel Fortier, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, and Anthony Cirelli also scored for the Lightning.

Tampa Bay also had to play without coach Jon Cooper, who was put into NHL COVID-19 protocol prior to the game. Assistant Derek Lalonde replaced Cooper for the game.

“It was probably coming at any moment with what’s been going on around the league,” Stamkos said of Cooper going into protocol. “Vegas got hit today. We got hit with our coach. Things are going to change hour by hour.”

Meanwhile, Vegas coach Peter DeBoer felt that his team could have done better and wanted to focus on his team’s upcoming games.

“It’s disappointing not to win,” he said. “I thought we put a lot of effort and work in that game. I’m proud of our group. We’ve been dealt adversity since Day One. We haven’t made excuses.”

Some of the Golden Knights were also placed in the NHL COVID-19 protocol, such as defenseman Alex Pietrangelo and forward Evgenii Dadonov.

On its website, the NHL moved up the holiday break to start Wednesday instead of Friday due to COVID-19 concerns.

  • Tampa Bay Lightning

    The Tampa Bay Lightning are a professional ice hockey team based in Tampa, Florida. They compete in the National Hockey League as a member of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference,

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  • Steven Stamkos

    Steven Stamkos is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre and captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League .

  • Mark Stone (ice hockey)

    Mark Stone is a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger and captain of the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League . He was selected by the Ottawa Senators in the sixth round,