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Sports Flames beat NHL-leading Lightning for 5th straight win

16:25  12 january  2018
16:25  12 january  2018 Source:   sportsnet.ca

Stamkos leads surging Lightning past Canadiens 3-1

  Stamkos leads surging Lightning past Canadiens 3-1 Stamkos leads surging Lightning past Canadiens 3-1Brayden Point got the tiebreaking goal in the third and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 31 saves as Tampa Bay picked up its eighth consecutive victory at home.

His 14th goal stopped a 10-game goal drought. … Tampa Bay D Dan Girardi, who took a slap shot to the back of the neck Sunday, missed his second straight game but could return after the Lightning ’s bye week. … Flames RW Jaromir Jagr remains out with what the team calls a lower-body injury.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) �� The surging Calgary Flames got balanced scoring and another win .

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TAMPA, Fla. — Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and an assist, Mike Smith made 33 saves, and the Calgary Flames beat the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 on Thursday night for their fifth straight victory.

Micheal Ferland, Sam Bennett, Mark Jankowski and Matthew Tkachuk also scored to help the Flames improve to 11-5-4 on the road. Gaudreau has nine assists and 10 points during a five-game points streak.

Brayden Point scored for Tampa Bay.

The Lightning lost All-Star defenceman Victor Hedman midway through the second with a lower-body injury.

Hedman was hit on side of his left knee during a collision with Calgary’s Garnet Hathaway and needed assistance to the locker room. In Tuesday night’s game against Carolina, Hedman could not put any weight on his left skate heading to the bench with three minutes left in the second but returned two minutes later.

Byron shootout goal lifts Habs over Bolts 2-1

  Byron shootout goal lifts Habs over Bolts 2-1 MONTREAL - Paul Byron scored in a shootout as the Montreal Canadiens ended a five-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the first-place Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night. Byron was the only player to score in the shootout. Max Pacioretty scored in regulation time for Montreal (17-20-4), which posted its first win since Dec. 22. Nikita Kucherov scored for Tampa Bay (29-8-3), which beat Montreal at home Dec. 28. The Lightning outshot the Byron was the only player to score in the shootout. Max Pacioretty scored in regulation time for Montreal (17-20-4), which posted its first win since Dec. 22.

Calgary Flames right wing Troy Brouwer (36) and Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn (17) fight during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77), of Sweden, beats Calgary Flames center Sean Monahan (23) to the puck in front of goaltender

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Ferland opened the scoring 29 seconds into the game during a 2-on-1 off a pass from Sean Monahan. Ferland added an assist and has a four-game points streak (four goals, eight points), while Monahan has points in five straight (five assists, eight points).

After Point scored 31 seconds into the second, the Flames took a 3-1 lead on goals by Gaudreau at 16:48 and Bennett on the power-play 1:55 later.

Tampa Bay’s Cedric Paquette failed to score on a penalty shot at 5:15 of the second.

Jankowski and Tkachuk had third-period goals.

Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 19 shots.

NOTES: Tampa Bay D Dan Girardi, who took a slap shot to the back of the neck Sunday, missed his second straight game but could return after the Lightning’s bye week. … Flames RW Jaromir Jagr remains out with what the team calls a lower-body injury. He has missed 17 games, including the last four and 11 of the past 16.

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Lightning: Off until next Thursday night when they host Vegas for the first time.

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