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Stamkos scores 40th, Lightning top Capitals 2-1

2:49 AM, Feb 20, 2012   |    comments
Steven Stamkos (Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE)
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Steven Stamkos scored his NHL-leading 40th goal of the season and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Washington Capitals 2-1 on Saturday night.

The 22-year old Stamkos became the first Tampa Bay player to have three consecutive seasons of at least 40 goals when he scored 1:50 into the second period. The center stole an errant pass at the Lightning blue line and made a nifty stick-handling move during a breakaway to beat goalie Tomas Vokoun and give the Lightning a 2-0 lead.

Tom Pyatt also scored, and Mathieu Garon made 23 saves for the Lightning.

Brooks Laich had the lone goal for the Capitals, who snapped a three-game skid with a 2-1 road win over the Florida Panthers on Friday.

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