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NHL: Lightning Takes First Road Win of Season

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Tampa Bay was victorious in its first road game of the season, beating Ottawa 4-1 at the Canadian Tire Centre to improve to 4-1-0 on the season.

“Well, there’s 82 games in the year, so I was hoping we would score first at some point. I like the way our goaltender played. He didn’t see a lot of work. He stayed strong. He saw some point-blankers at the end of the second period,” said Lightning head coach Jon Cooper.

The Lightning scored 2:36 into a second-period power play to net the game’s first goal. Anton Stralman’s shot from the point was tipped by Ondrej Palat past Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson.

Tampa Bay made it 2-for-2 on the power play in the second period when Steven Stamkos netted his third goal of the season at 6:45 of the second.

Alex Killorn notched his team-leading fourth goal of the season at 8:02 of the third period to push the visitors advantage back to two goals.

“I think tonight was definitely our most complete game. I think as the season progresses, you get more into these games and we’re starting to build chemistry with the lines,” Killorn said.

Valtteri Filppula netted his third goal of the season to secure the victory, scoring on a breakaway with 1:57 to go in the game. Filppula notched the 76th multi-point game of his career and has points in four of five games this season.

Vasilevskiy stopped 27-of-28 shots to win his second start in as many tries this season.

“He’s a great young goalie. We saw last year what he can do when he’s feeling it. First couple of starts, not a lot rattles that guy. For him to be that mature as a young kid is impressive. We’re fortunate to have the two guys in net that we have,” Stamkos said of Vasilevskiy.

Tampa Bay continues its six-game road trip as it heads to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday.

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