Stamkos lifts Lightning, Rangers respond


The Tampa Bay Lightning ended their two-game NHL losing run as Steven Stamkos saw them past the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.

Stamkos scored his 299th NHL goal in the first period and was needed to net the winner in the shoot-out as the Lightning claimed a 6-5 win.

The Lightning had led 3-0 before the Jets rallied in the third period, scoring four straight times to go from a 4-1 deficit to 5-4 lead.

But Nikita Kucherov levelled the game before Stamkos stepped up in the shoot-out to see the Lightning to their win.

Paul Maurice was upset no penalty was called after Bryan Little took a big shot to the head and the Jets coach was ejected before the third period.

The New York Rangers bounced back from their loss to the Chicago Blackhawks with a 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Derek Stepan and Derick Brassard - his second goal of the game - scored in the third period to break a 2-2 tie.

Max Domi, Anthony Duclair and Martin Hanzal had three points each in the Arizona Coyotes' resounding 6-3 win against the Dallas Stars.

A double from Phil Kessel saw the Pittsburgh Penguins past the Detroit Red Wings 6-3 at Consol Energy Center.

Justin Williams netted the decisive goal as the Washington Capitals edged the New York Islanders 3-2 after overtime.

A shoot-out was needed for the San Jose Sharks to complete a hard-fought 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers.

Jaden Schwartz was the hero for the St Louis Blues as they edged past the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 after overtime, while the Anaheim Ducks were 5-2 winners against the Vancouver Canucks.

Pekka Rinne made 29 saves to guide the Nashville Predators to a 2-0 win over the Boston Bruins and the Minnesota Wild beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-2.

The Ottawa Senators claimed a rare win over the Carolina Hurricanes, winning in regulation for just the fourth time in 22 meetings with a 4-2 victory.