Spezza has key goal, Stars beat Lightning 5-3

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jason Spezza scored a momentum-shifting goal in the third period and had an assist as the Dallas Stars beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 on Thursday night.

Dallas also got goals from Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn, Cody Eakin and Jason Demers.

Steven Stamkos had two goals and an assist for the Lightning.

Vladislav Namestnikov (7:06) and Stamkos (8:44) scored 1:38 apart in the third to get the Lightning within 4-3.

Spezza, coming off a three-goal game in Tuesday's 4-2 win over Edmonton, responded and gave Dallas a 5-3 lead at 10:29.

Demers put Dallas up 4-1 with 1:48 to go in the second during a 5-minute power play.

The man advantage came about after Tampa Bay's Nikita Nesterov was given a 5-minute penalty and game misconduct at 15:56 for hitting Curtis McKenzie from behind.