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TAMPA [url=http://www.officialcanadiensprostore.com/authentic-adidas-customized]Custom Montreal Canadiens Jerseys[/url] , Fla. (AP) Lightning completed a successful opening stretch at home.Stamkos scored his first goal of the season, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 29 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 on Thursday night.Stamkos ended a 16-game regular-season goal drought dating to last season from the slot with 4:41 left in the second. The goal gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead.Its always nice to get your first of the year and get it going, Stamkos said.Vasilevskiy, 7-0-0 against Detroit, stopped Christoffer Ehns shot during a 2-on-none short-handed break in the first and made a post-to-post glove save on Frans Nielsen during a second period 2-on-1.Brayden Point and Alex Killorn also scored for the Lightning, who went 4-1-0 on a season-opening homestand. Tampa Bay has won 12 in a row against the Red Wings.You get four of five, you have to be happy, Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.Detroit [url=http://www.officialpredators.com]www.officialpredators.com[/url] , winless at 0-5-2, got a goal from Luke Glendening, and Jimmy Howard stopped 28 shots. Its the Red Wings worst season-opening stretch since opening the 1985-86 season with eight losses and a tie.Its not fun, thats for sure Howard said. Weve just to keep moving along.The Red Wings were coming off a 7-3 drubbing at Montreal Monday.The second period at Montreal was a joke, Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. We lost our structure totally. I thought we got our structure back, for sure.Howard made a strong save on Stamkos during a 3-on-1 in the third.Killorn made it 3-1 on a late empty-netter.Point opened the scoring 7:33 into the game when Yanni Gourdes pass went off his skate and pass Howard. Glendening tied it on a rebound at 6:30 of the second.Tampa Bay remains the lone NHL team not allowing a power-play goal, running its season-opening streak to 23 after Detroit went 0 for 5.Huge PK, Vasilevskiy said. I thought we played well.Tampa Bay right wing Ryan Callahan played for the first time since offseason right shoulder surgery.The Red Wings injury-depleted defensive corps got the return of Trevor Daley [url=http://www.officialpredators.com/authentic-adidas-t-shirts]Nashville Predators T-Shirts Authentic[/url] , who had an assist after missing four games with a neck injury. Mike Green (virus) and Jonathan Ericsson (upper body) both practiced with the team. Danny DeKeyser (hand) is also out.NOTES: Tampa Bay has also won 12 straight at home against the Red Wings. Stamkos has an eight-game point streak against Detroit (six goals, 11 points). Tampa Bay acquired F Mitch Hults from Anaheim in return for future considerations and assigned him to Syracuse of the AHL. C Cory Conacher was reassigned and F Danick Martel sent for a conditional stint to Syracuse. Red Wings Anthony Mantha is minus-11 on the season.UP NEXTRed Wings: Play Saturday at Florida.Lightning: Start a four-game trip Saturday at Minnesota. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) After a turbulent trip to Nashville, the Dallas Stars were settled down by their goaltender once they got on the ice.Anton Khudobin made a career-high 49 saves to lead the Stars to a 2-0 victory over the slumping Predators on Thursday night.It didnt seem like we gave up 49 shots. It didnt seem like we were under siege, Dallas coach Jim Montgomery said. Usually when you give up 49 shots, you are usually a little bit under siege on the bench. I think we gave up a lot of perimeter stuff. For the most part, we allowed him to see the puck and he did a good job of taking whistles when needed.Tyler Pitlick and Mattias Janmark scored for Dallas, which has won two of three.Pekka Rinne stopped 28 shots for the Predators [url=http://www.officialpredators.com/authentic-adidas-hoodie]Nashville Predators Hoodies Authentic[/url] , who have lost five straight.Were working to create. Its not from a lack of effort or opportunity, coach Peter Laviolette said. When you put that many pucks at the net, youre looking to do the right things.Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm led all Nashville skaters with eight shots on goal.Following the three-day Christmas break, the Stars held a morning skate Thursday in Dallas before flying to Nashville for the game. The teams charter had a bumpy ride into Music City.It was tough, Pitlick said. We skated in Dallas and then got on the plane and flew through a thunderstorm and barely landed and got here. It was a little bit of a challenge for our team, but it was good for our team to battle through that and get a win.Khudobin posted his first shutout this season and the seventh of his career. He was tested often, with his best save coming with six minutes remaining when he denied Ryan Johansens slap shot from the right side with Nashville on a power play. Khudobin also set a franchise record for saves in a shutout.Its just a number, Khudobin said. Im more happy with the win.Pitlick scored the first goal at 7:20 of the opening period.After a give-and-go with linemate Radek Faksa [url=http://www.officialpredators.com/authentic-adidas-hats]Nashville Predators Hats Authentic[/url] , Pitlick used Predators defenseman Matt Irwin as a screen and beat Rinne with a wrist shot from the left circle to the far side.Janmarks unassisted goal at 11:09 of the second doubled the Dallas lead.Irwin could not control a bouncing puck at the Stars blue line and Janmark carried it the other way. From the top of the left faceoff circle, he pulled up and fired a slap shot on net. The puck deflected off Rinnes glove and trickled across the goal line.The banged-up Predators got two players back in the lineup. Star defenseman P.K. Subban missed 19 games with an upper-body injury and forward Viktor Arvidsson missed 21 games with a broken thumb. Both were activated off injured reserve.Even though Ive been out for a while, theres no excuses, Subban said. Im on for two goals, and in my career Ive never liked to be on the ice for even-strength goals so Im going to have to look at the tape and get a little better for next game.NOTES: Dallas is 15-1-1 when leading after two periods. Pitlick scored in consecutive games for the first time this season. Nashville RW Ryan Hartman played his 200th NHL game. The Predators have not scored on the power play in nine of their last 10 games.
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