TAMPA, Fla. – Steven Stamkos had two goals and two assists, rookie goalie Cedrick Desjardins won in his NHL debut and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 on Thursday night.
Stamkos made it 3-1 at 1:46 of the third when he beat goalie Carey Price with a backhander after a spin move in the slot during a penalty shot. The centre extended Tampa Bay’s advantage to 4-1 on a wraparound goal, his 31st of the season, with 15:20 left.
Desjardins, a former Montreal minor leaguer obtained by the Lightning in an off-season trade, made 27 saves.
Martin St. Louis and Pavel Kubina also scored for Tampa Bay, 7-1-1 in its last nine games.
Max Pacioretty scored for the Canadiens, who have lost eight of 10. Price was pulled with 7:50 to go in the third and was replaced by Alex Auld.
CHICAGO (AP)—Joe Thornton broke a tie on a deflection at 7:13 of the third period and San Jose beat Chicago to snap a two-game losing streak.
Thornton, parked in front of the crease, redirected Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s shot from the left point past Marty Turco 7 seconds after a San Jose power-play ended.
Scott Nichol, Benn Ferriero, Dany Heatley and Ryane Clowe also scored for the Sharks, who bounced back after blowing a 3-1 lead. Clowe connected into an empty net with 48 seconds left.
San Jose goalie Antti Niemi made 26 saves in his first appearance at the United Center since backstopping the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup last spring. He improved to 3-0 against his former club.
Patrick Sharp, Troy Brouwer and Brian Campbell scored for Chicago.
ATLANTA (AP)—Tim Stapleton and Bryan Little scored in the first two rounds of a shootout and Toby Enstrom had two power-play goals for Atlanta.
The Thrashers snapped a four-game losing streak and ended the Bruins’ winning streak at three.
Stapleton, who doesn’t have a point this season, beat Tim Thomas with a shot through the legs to open the shootout. Atlanta’s Ondrej Pavelec stopped Boston’s Tyler’s bid before Little put the puck past Thomas. Pavelec then wrapped up his eighth victory in his last 10 home games, stopping Blake Wheeler.
Wheeler and Patrice Bergeron scored in regulation for Boston.
EDMONTON (AP)—Milan Hejduk scored the lone shootout goal and Colorado beat Edmonton to snap a three-game losing streak.
T.J. Galiardi, Paul Stastny and Tomas Fleischmann scored in the first 14:49 to stake Colorado to a 3-0 lead, but the Oilers rallied to tie it. Taylor Hall connected in the second period and Ales Hemsky and Andrew Cogliano scored early in the third.
Craig Anderson made 32 saves for the Avalanche, then turned aside Jordan Eberle, Hemsky and Hall in the tiebreaker. The Oilers have lost five in a row and seven of their last eight.
TORONTO (AP)—Kristian Huselius scored twice, R.J. Umberger added the winner on a third-period power play and Steve Mason made 20 saves.
Umberger scored his 11th goal of the season at 3:34 of the third. With Joey Crabb off for holding, Umberger tipped Rick Nash’s wrist shot past goalie Jonas Gustavsson.
Nikolai Kulemin and Tyler Bozak scored for Toronto.
LOS ANGELES (AP)—Mike Richards had two goals and two assists, Michael Leighton made 32 saves in a raucous season debut and Philadelphia lit up the Kings’ normally sturdy defence.
Danny Briere, James van Riemsdyk and Jeff Carter each had a goal and an assist for the Flyers, who rebounded from consecutive losses by shredding the mistake-prone Kings. Los Angeles gave up 13 goals in back-to-back losses to close a stretch of four games in five days.
Scott Hartnell and Jeff Carter also scored during Philadelphia’s four-goal second period that chased Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier.
Ville Leino scored a third-period goal, and Claude Giroux had a career-high three assists for the Flyers.