Lightning hand Stars 7th straight road loss, 3-1

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 15: during the NHL Hockey match between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars on January 15, 2022 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Andrew Bershaw/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Ross Colton had the tiebreaking goal on a breakaway midway through the third period, Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 19 shots, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat Dallas 3-1 Saturday night for the Stars' seventh consecutive road loss.

Brayden Point and Alex Killorn also scored for Tampa Bay, and Nikita Kucherov had two assists.

Esa Lindell scored for Dallas, and Anton Khudobin had 26 saves.

Stars coach Rick Bowness was prevented from making significant lineup changes after a 7-1 loss at Florida the previous night due to salary cap issues.

"If we were healthy and we have the opportunity to healthy scratch a couple guys, then we would have," Bowness said before the game. "It would have been a couple guys that have been here and it would have been a shocker to them but maybe that’s what it needs to wake some of these guys up."

Dallas has been outscored 27-9 during its road skid. The Stars have a 4-12-1 road record, while they are 14-3-1 at home.

Stars forward Jason Robertson was scratched due to a lower-body injury and is day to day. Goalie Braden Holtby, forwards Denis Gurianov and Alexander Radulov, and defenseman Andrej Sekera are in COVID-19 protocols.

Colton put the Lightning up 2-1 off a long pass from Kucherov when he lifted a shot over Khudobin with 9:23 to play.

Killorn had an empty-netter with 41 seconds left to seal the win.

Vasilevskiy, 12-1-3 against Dallas, had a pair on in-close saves on Radek Faksa and Joel Kiviranta early in the third.

Lindell opened the scoring from the blue line with 6:12 remaining in the first.

Tampa Bay outshot the Stars 6-0 the rest of the first following Lindell’s goal, and tied it on Point’s power-play goal with 13 seconds left in the period.

Khudobin, recalled from Texas of the AHL on Wednesday and made his first NHL appearance since Nov. 18 in relief Friday, had a nifty pad save on Kucherov’s right circle shot late in the second as Tampa Bay had nine of the 11 shots during the period. The Stars had a 15-minute stretch without a shot.


Dallas center Tyler Seguin has no assists in his last 20 games. ... Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman had an assist and has 40 points (seven goals, 33 assists) in 40 games this season.


Lightning: Ryan McDonagh returned after missing two games with a lower-body injury. … Forward Ondrej Palat (lower-body, two games) and defenseman Erik Cernak (lower body, one game) didn’t play.


Stars: Host Montreal on Tuesday night before heading back out on a four-game trip.

Lightning: At Los Angeles on Tuesday night to open a three-game West Coast trip.