Stamkos completes special night vs. Wild

by Gary Shelton on January 25, 2023

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Stammers remained hot./TIM WIRT

Wednesday, 4 a.m.

From the looks of it, the Tampa Bay Lightning needs to order a lot more of those golden hockey sticks.

Steven Stamkos isn't done yet.

On a night the Lightning celebrated Stamkos' recent ascension to the 500-goal club, Stamkos kept his hot streak going. He scored the game's winning goal with his 505th, his sixth goal in the last four games. This time, Stamkos shot bounced off defender Ryan Hartman into the goal.

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Perry scored two goals./TIM WIRT

"Stammer style," said Lighting coach Jon Cooper. "That's Stammer being Stammer. He has that type of timing -- scoring the winning goal on a night he was honored."

Stamkos allowed the Bolts to survive a stubborn Minnesota team as it won 4-2.

Corey Perry scored two goals on deflections and Nikita Kucherov added an empty-netter. Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy won the 250th game of his career with 33 saves on 35 shots.

"I don't know if I was trying to get out of the way or what," Perry said.

The Bolts, who had lost two in a row coming in, won their 10th straight game at home.

The Bolts are home again Thursday night, facing the Boston Bruins at 7 p.m. at Amalie Arena.

Vasilevskiy won his 250th game./TIM WIRT

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