Lightning spoil Lecavalier’s return to Tampa


Vincent Lecavalier got everything but the desired result in his return to Tampa Bay.

Victor Hedman had two goals and an assist to help the Lightning beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 on Wednesday night, spoiling Lecavalier’s homecoming.

Lecavalier, who played 14 years for the Lightning after being selected first overall in the 1998 draft, faced his old team for the first time and scored a power-play goal late in the third period.

“It was very weird stepping out on the ice,” he said. “Obviously we didn’t win, and I’m disappointed in that, but I had a great experience just skating on the ice. The fans were supportive of me. That definitely means a lot.”

The former Tampa Bay captain received a standing ovation after a video tribute was played on the scoreboard midway through the first.

“You see Vinny, you get good feelings,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “He’s not a guy you see and are like, ‘Oh gosh, I hope he doesn’t see me so I have to say hello.’ Vinny is a guy you want to walk up and say, ‘How are you? How are things?’ To see him for the first time, that was kind of the tough part. It was great to see him.”

Penguins 6, Leafs 5 (SO)

In Pittsburgh, Evgeni Malkin had his first two-goal game in more than 18 months and added the game-winner in a shootout.

Blues 4, Avalanche 1

In Denver, Jaroslav Halak made 24 saves, and David Backes had a goal and an assist.

Blackhawks 3, Flames 2

In Calgary, Patrick Kane scored twice, including the tiebreaking goal with 18 seconds left.

Sharks 3, Kings 2 (SO)

In San Jose, Joe Thornton scored his first shootout goal since 2007 in the eighth round and the Sharks beat Los Angeles to extend the home-team dominance in this California rivalry.

Red Wings 6, Bruins 1

In Detroit, Niklas Kronwall, Henrik Zetterberg, Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar each a goal and an assist.

Rangers 5, Panthers 2

In Sunrise, Florida, Rick Nash scored his second goal of the season and Henrik Lundqvist rebounded from a poor game with 31 saves.

Canadiens 3, Sabres 1

In Buffalo, Alex Galchenyuk and David Desharnais scored, and Carey Price made 24 saves.

Hurricanes 4, Devils 3

In Newark, New Jersey, Patrick Dwyer scored short-handed to cap a three-goal burst in the second period.

Jets 3, Islanders 2

In Uniondale, New York, Mark Stuart, Andrew Ladd and Devin Setoguchi scored in the second period.

Senators 6, Capitals 4

In Washington, Bobby Ryan scored twice and Zack Smith netted the go-ahead goal with 2:23 remaining.

Predators 4, Blue Jackets 0

In Columbus, rookie goalie Marek Mazanec made 19 saves for his second shutout, and Matt Cullen and Nick Spaling each had a goal and an assist.

Coyotes 3, Wild 1

In St. Paul, Minnesota, Radim Vrbata scored two goals and Thomas Greiss made 28 saves.