Lightning Return From Bye Week, Lose To Golden Knights

Golden Knights Sweep Two-Game Season Series 

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James Neal opened the scoring for the Vegas Golden Knight who went on to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 in their first ever visit to Amalie Arena. Remarkably, the Knights improve to 19-1-0 when scoring the first goal of the game, the best mark in the NHL.

Nate Schmidt, David Perron, and William Karlsson scored and Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves as the Knights improve to 30-11-3 on the season and sweep the Lightning in the two head-to-head matchups.

Ondrej Palat scored a power-play goal for the Lightning who fall to 31-11-3.  Tampa Bay will have 21 days before its next home contest (February 8 vs. Vancouver), tied with the Canucks (January 2 through 23) for the most days between home games in the NHL this season.

Lightning Notes:

  • Ondrej Palat took advantage of a power-play by scoring his eighth goal of the season. The goal ended a streak of 21 scoreless games dating back to November 25th at Pittsburgh. However, he did have 15 assist and a plus/minus rating of +10 in those 21 games.
  • Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov picked up assists on Palat’s power-play goal. It was Stamkos 36th assist of the season and Kucherov’s 34th assist.
  • It was Kucherov’s 98th career power-play point.  With that, he moves past Roman Hamrlik into sole possession of ninth place among the Bolts’ all-time power play scoring leaders.
  • The Lightning will head out on an eight game road trip (split in half by All-Star Game). They open the first of the eight games against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night at 9:00 eastern.



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