Tampa Bay Lightning center Alex Killorn (17) passes the puck to center Steven Stamkos (91) as Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding (37) defends during the second period at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
TAMPA, Florida (AP) - Steven Stamkos scored a tiebreaking goal with 5:04 left in the third period and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Minnesota Wild 3-1 on Thursday night.
Stamkos gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead when he skated in from the right wing boards and lifted an in-close shot over goalie Josh Harding during a 4 on 4. Sami Salo added an empty-net goal in the final minute.
Tyler Johnson also scored for Tampa Bay. Ben Bishop made a series of saves midway through the second, including one on a solid scoring chances by Jason Pominville and Dany Heatley.
Mikko Koivu scored for Minnesota, which was coming off a 4-1 loss at Toronto Tuesday night in which the Wild outshot the Maple Leafs 37-14.
Koivu tied it at 1 from the low left circle at 11:05 of the third.