Season's first loss for the Canadiens

Steven Stamkos records eighth hat-trick of his career as Tampa Bay Lightning beat Montreal Canadiens in the NHL.

    Stamkos had failed to score in the first two games [AP]
    Stamkos had failed to score in the first two games [AP]

    Steven Stamkos recorded his eighth career hat-trick and defenceman Victor Hedman played a part in four goals as the Tampa Bay Lightning handed the Montreal Canadiens their first loss of the season in a 7-1 drilling.

    Stamkos, who had no goals in Tampa Bay's (2-0-1) first two games, scored the Lightning's second goal Monday on a wide shot with 10:09 left in the opening period.

    He scored again on a breakaway with 6:45 left in the second, then added a power-play goal five minutes later for a 4-1 lead.

    Hedman, who opened the scoring with his third goal in as many games, collected assists on the next three. Right winger Nikita Kucherov contributed two assists.

    The Canadiens (3-1-0) came in as the NHL's first 3-0 team, following two shootout wins, but Tampa Bay (2-0-1) never let the game get that close.

    Elsewhere, rookie center William Karlsson scored the first two goals of his career to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 5-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

    Clarke MacArthur broke a scoreless tie late in the second period and goalie Craig Anderson got his first win of the season as the Ottawa Senators beat the Florida Panthers 1-0.

    Daniel Briere scored on a rebound with less than a second to play to lift Colorado to their first win of the season in a 2-1 victory overthe Bruins.

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.