* Steven Stamkos makes Lightning history with the game winner as Tampa Bay earns a multi-goal comeback win to enter the Holiday Break holding first place in the NHL standings.
* With the conclusion of Tuesday’s game, the NHL entered a Holiday Break – Dec. 22-25 will be off days for all purposes including travel. Players will report back to their Clubs on Dec. 26, which shall be used for testing, practice and/or travel only.
* The NHL’s daily Morning Skate release will return on Dec. 28, following the return of games on Dec. 27.
* Nicolas Roy danced through three Lightning players for a highlight-reel goal Tuesday.
STAMKOS, VASILEVSKIY HELP LIGHTNING HEAD INTO HOLIDAY BREAK WITH NHL LEAD
Steven Stamkos scored the game winner and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 38 saves as the Lightning (20-6-4, 44 points) erased a two-goal deficit and overtook the idle Hurricanes (21-7-1, 43 points) for first place in the NHL standings. Tampa Bay overcame a multi-goal deficit to win for the third time this season and are one of three teams to do so at least three times in 2021-22 – also Vegas (4) and Florida (3).
* Stamkos scored his 65th career game-winning goal and surpassed Martin St. Louis (64) for the most in Lightning history. Since he entered the NHL in 2008-09, only four players have recorded more: Alex Ovechkin (94), Jeff Carter (72), Phil Kessel (67) and Patrick Marleau (66).
* Vasilevskiy extended his win streak to seven games, one shy of the longest run by a goaltender this season behind only Frederik Andersen (8 GP).
PACIORETTY CONTINUES STRONG START TO 2021-22
Max Pacioretty (0-1—1), who skated in his 200th career game in a Golden Knights uniform, assisted on Mark Stone’s power-play goal to improve his 2021-22 totals to 12-9—21. It marked Pacioretty’s 46th power-play point with Vegas, which trails only Shea Theodore (56) and Jonathan Marchessault (54) on the franchise’s all-time list.