Stamkos scores team-leading 18th goal as Lightning down Canucks

Steven Stamkos scored his team-leading 18th goal, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 24 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 on Thursday night.

Anthony Cirelli, Boris Katchouk and Brayden Point also scored for Tampa Bay. Katchouk made it 3-1 at 11:24 of the third during a 2-on-0, and Vasilevskiy stopped Elias Pettersson’s breakaway shot after the ensuing faceoff.

Matthew Highmore and Tyler Motte each had a goal and an assist, and Thatcher Demko stopped 17 shots for the Canucks, who are 8-2-1 since Bruce Boudreau replaced Travis Green as coach last month. Vancouver ended a nine-day break due to COVID-19 protocols with a 5-2 loss Tuesday night at Florida.

Motte cut the Canucks’ deficit to 3-2 with 4:14 to play when he put the puck between his legs and lifted it over Vasilevskiy.

Point iced the game with an empty-netter.

Tampa Bay took a 2-1 lead with 20.7 seconds left in the first on Cirelli’s in-close backhander.

Stamkos opened the scoring during a power play from the left circle 3:16 into the game. The Lightning captain tied Jean Beliveau and Ray Bourque for 30th place all-time with 173 power-play goals. The only active player with more is career leader Alex Ovechkin with 275.

Highmore tied it at 1 at 12:05 of the first with his first goal this season. The centre was playing in his fourth game after missing 24 due to an upper-body injury.

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Motte’s highlight-reel goal is not enough as Canucks’ comeback falls short in Tampa

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Tyler Motte went through the legs to score a beauty in tight, but Brayden Point sealed it for the Lightning minutes later with an empty-netter. 2:20

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