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Blackhawks rally past Lightning, spoil Stamkos' hat trick

TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) -- The Chicago Blackhawks scored four

unanswered goals to overshadow a career night from top overall

pick Steven Stamkos.

Captain Jonathan Toews tallied twice as the Blackhawks stormed

back from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning,

5-3, on Tuesday.

All-Star Patrick Kane added a goal and two assists, defenseman

Duncan Keith tallied and assisted on another and Dave Bolland

also scored for Chicago, which overcame the first career hat

trick from top overall pick Steven Stamkos.

"It's obviously a memorable game for me," Stamkos said. "Anytime

you get a hat trick it's pretty special, but to do it on home

ice in Tampa in my rookie season is a dream come true for me.

"I give credit to my teammates. I had some pretty good passes

and I was able to capitalize on some power-play chances. This

was the best feeling of the year for me so far, but I'd much

rather have the win."

The 19-year-old Stamkos became the first rookie in Tampa Bay's

franchise history to register a hat trick, but it was still not

enough as the Lightning lost for the seventh time in nine games


"It's big because he (Stamkos) knows he can play against a

quality team like that," Tampa Bay interim coach Rick Tocchet.

"If you look at Chicago, they've got some good young players

that are in their second, third years - this is Stamkos' first

year. It's a measuring stick for him."

The native of Scarborough, Ontario scored three straight goals

bridging the first and second periods for a natural hat trick

and a 3-1 advantage.

However, Chicago dominated play for much of the contest, holding

a 49-23 advantage in shots on goal - and it paid off in the


"I like the way we're playing," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville

said. "We didn't change much and we just kept coming."

Cristobal Huet stopped 20 shots in net for the Blackhawks, who

improved to 7-3-0 in their last 10 games while playing nine of

10 on the road.

After Toews scored on the power play with just 48 seconds left

in the second period to cut the deficit to one at 3-2, the

Blackhawks came out on fire in the final period.

"You try to hold the fort," Tocchet said. "They had three

power-play goals and that was the key for them. To beat a team

like that, you have to play really disciplined and smart. You

can't give them freebies. I think we took a couple of penalties

that were kind of stupid."

Tampa Bay defenseman Lukas Krajicek was whistled for

interference just 29 seconds into the session and Kane made the

home team pay 77 seconds later with his 18th goal of the season.

"It's definitely nice to score a goal," said Kane, who scored

for just the second time in 22 games.

"You could see by my reaction that I was pretty happy. It's

nice to get off the schneid there, nice to contribute. With the

absence of (Patrick Sharp) obviously some players have got to

step up and we got contributions from a lot of players tonight."

Sharp is expected to miss two to three weeks after suffering a

lower body injury during Saturday's 6-2 victory over the Dallas


Bolland flipped in a loose puck in front of goaltender Karri

Ramo to put Chicago ahead with 7:14 remaining in the game, and

Toews doubled the lead with 4:01 remaining to seal the win.

Ramo made a season-high 44 saves in net for Tampa Bay.


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