Stamkos notches 300th goal in Lightning victory
PITTSBURGH – Steven Stamkos isn't going anywhere. Not this season at least.
If the Tampa Bay Lightning star is concerned about his long-term future, it certainly doesn't show.
The Tampa Bay captain tapped in a rebound for his 300th goal on Saturday as the Lightning quieted surging Pittsburgh 4-2.
Stamkos joined Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis as the only players in franchise history to reach the 300-goal plateau when he knocked in a rebound off Alex Killorn's shot just past the midway point in the first period.
"It's pretty special," Stamkos said. "First of all, it means you've been around for awhile and secondly, I've been fortunate to play with a lot of good players. I've been able to be put in positions to score goals and obviously it was special coming in a big win for our team."
Anton Stralman, Matthew Carle and Tyler Johnson also scored for Tampa Bay. Ben Bishop finished with 37 saves, including a couple during a 5-on-3 Pittsburgh power play late in the second period that preserved a two-goal advantage.
"We got the lead and played defense and that was pretty much it," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.
Tom Kuhnhackl picked up the first NHL goal of his career for Pittsburgh. Scott Wilson added his second in as many games, but the Penguins went 0-for-4 on the power play and couldn't rally after spotting Tampa Bay three early goals.
Jeff Zatkoff stopped 16 of 20 shots while making an impromptu start when Marc-Andre Fleury became ill during pregame. Fleury gave Zatkoff a heads up early Saturday that he wasn't feeling well, though Zatkoff refused to blame the loss on getting short notice he was going to play.
•GOPHER OUT OF HIS HOLE: Former Gophers captain Kyle Rau made his NHL debut with the Florida Panthers on Saturday against the Winnipeg Jets. The Eden Prairie native was a third-round pick of the Panthers in 2011.