NHL: Tampa Bay 3, Minnesota 1

TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Steven Stamkos scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:04 to go in regulation Thursday and the Tampa Bay Lightning went on to defeat Minnesota 3-1.

It was the fifth goal of the season for Stamkos, twice a winner of the Maurice Richard Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer.


Tampa Bay won for the fifth time in six games, getting 25 saves in 26 shots from Ben Bishop. He is unbeaten in his five starts this season.

Tyler Johnson gave the Lightning the lead with a power-play goal in the first period and Mikko Koivu tied it just past the midway point of the third.

Stamkos then fired a wrist shot past Josh Harding for the game-winner and Sami Salo added a empty-net goal with 18 seconds remaining.

Minnesota has lost back-to-back contests following a three-game winning streak. Harding stopped 27 shots in the loss.

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