Four things we learned in the NHL: Stamkos ends drought, ties record

The Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets met in an all-Canadian matchup, the Tampa Bay Lightning offence continued to surge, the Dallas Stars, Arizona Coyotes and Buffalo Sabres continued their early-season struggles, and Joel Quenneville was upset about a call that contributed to a Chicago Blackhawks loss.

Here are four other things we learned Thursday night in the NHL.

Stamkos is still money from his spot on the power play

Steven Stamkos had five assists through the Tampa Bay Lightning’s first three games of the season, but couldn’t manage to bury one himself. In fact, it had been 331 days since the Lightning captain last scored a regular-season goal.

On Nov. 15, 2016 Stamkos beat Petr Mrazek in the first period of a game against the Detroit Red Wings. Shortly after that goal, unfortunately, Stamkos tore the meniscus in his right knee which cut his season short.

His goal Thursday came on a power play from his usual spot on the off-wing and it tied him with a Lightning legend.

Steven Stamkos scored his 112th career power-play goal (all w/ TBL) to tie Vincent Lecavalier for most in @TBLightning history. #NHLStats

— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) October 13, 2017

Antti Niemi has struggled mightily early in his first year as the Penguins backup goalie, allowing nine goals on 47 shots in less than 70 minutes in the crease. As you can see in the video at the top of the page, he didn’t have a chance on the play.

Luongo moves up the all-time wins list

The Florida Panthers handed the St. Louis Blues their first loss of the season and it likely wouldn’t have happened without Roberto Luongo’s 37-save performance.

The 38-year-old now has 454 career wins, which ties him with Curtis Joseph for fourth place …read more


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