Stamkos scores first, Lightning hold off Penguins

Lightning's Steven Stamkos scores first goal in nearly a year

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A prolific scorer with 322 regular season goals to his name, Stamkos missed almost 11 months recovering from a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee.

Stamkos made it 3-1 with a power-play goal at 3:49 of the second period from the low left circle.

Victor Hedman and Nikita Kucherov scored for the Lightning (3-1-0), and Alex Killorn had four assists.

The goal was also one for the record books, as it allowed Stamkos to move into a tie with Vincent Lacavalier for the franchise record (112) for power play goals. Rust scored on the power play to cut the deficit to 4-3 with 5:36 to go in the period.

Koekkoek's first National Hockey League goal gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead at 6:07 of the first period. 5, Pittsburgh, Sheary 3 (Ruhwedel, Niemi), 8:58.

Third Period_9, Pittsburgh, Hunwick 1 (McKegg, Kessel), 10:01.

Stamkos' goal, his first since November 15, came on a power play and gave the Lightning a 3-1 lead at 3:49 of the second period.

Kris Letang assisted on Guentzel's goal and joined Paul Coffey (332) as the only Pittsburgh defenseman to reach 300 assists.

You have to feel good for D Slater Koekkoek, whose patience was rewarded with a career night Thursday against the Penguins.

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