NHL roundup: Tampa Bay holds off Vancouver

Steven Stamkos and Ondrej Palat both had a goal and an assist to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning past the visiting Vancouver Canucks, 4-3, Monday night.

Valtteri Filppula and Tom Pyatt also scored for the Lightning, who, with 81 points, moved into a second-place tie with Montreal — with one game at hand — in the Atlantic Division after completing a 3-1-2 homestand.

Ben Bishop extended his team record for a season with his 32d win.


Vancouver, which started play 10th in the Western Conference, is 3-6-1 in its last 10 games. The Canucks got three goals in the third. Alexandre Burrows scored twice and Jannik Hansen added a shorthanded tally.

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After Pyatt scored midway through the third period, the Canucks got within one on goals by Burrows at 11:44 and Hansen at 15:16.

The Lightning held a pregame ceremony honoring the 2004 Stanley Cup championship team. Vancouver coach John Tortorella coached Tampa Bay in 2004 and walked to center ice to a loud ovation when he was introduced.

Stamkos put the Lightning up, 1-0, with a power-play goal from the low slot 17:56 into the game. Palat assisted on the goal, and has five assists and 9 points during a five-game point streak.

Bishop made in-close rebound saves on Alexander Edler and Shawn Matthias late in the first.


Coyotes 4, Kings 3 — Keith Yandle scored the tying goal midway through the third period and Jeff Halpern netted the winner with 3:05 left, leading Phoenix in Los Angeles.

Rob Klinkhammer and Mikkel Boedker scored 63 seconds apart in the first period for the Coyotes, who handed the Kings their third straight loss and took over sole possession of eighth place in the Western Conference.

Marian Gaborik, defenseman Alec Martinez, and rookie Tanner Pearson scored for the Kings, who were without Dustin Brown for a second straight game because of a lower-body injury.

Blues 4, Jets 1 — David Backes scored twice and Ryan Miller made 16 saves in another win for host St. Louis.

The Blues are 7-0-1 since Miller was acquired by trade from Buffalo. St. Louis has won three straight and eight of nine.


Western Conference-leading St. Louis has an NHL-best 101 points. It is the sixth time in franchise history that the Blues have reached 100 points.

Backes has 23 goals this season. Brendan Morrow added a goal, Chris Porter scored his first for St. Louis in the game’s final second, and Jay Bouwmeester had two assists in the win.