NHL Scores: Steven Stamkos drives Lightning, Pierre-Luc Dubois debuts, and more

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Feb 8, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) skates in for a face off during the second period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Steven Stamkos and the Lightning (9-1-1) are destroying the Central Division. Last night he scored twice, goals 6 and 7 on the year to defeat the Predators (5-8) 6-1.

“This group knows what it takes to win,” the Lightning captain said.”They came out with a game plan to try to be really physical. We matched that and just went from there. Whether it’s a physical game, a tight-checking game, a special-teams game, I think we’re well-equipped to handle all those situations.”

NHL Scores: Pierre-Luc Dubois loses in Jets debut

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Feb 9, 2021; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Winnipeg Jets centers Pierre-Luc Dubois (13) and Trevor Lewis (23) look on from the bench against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Pierre-Luc Dubois finally made his debut more than two weeks after his trade to Winnipeg. He played a total of 13:10 to ease back into game shape. The Flames (6-5-1) spoiled it with a 3-2 win over the Jets (7-4-1) thanks to strong goaltending by Jacob Markstrom.

“I think the legs, the head and the hands for me are three things that there’s a little adjustment and as the game went on,” Dubois said. “I felt like I was reading plays faster, where in the first period or so, I thought it took me a little bit too long to read. So, I think practice and video and games, slowly it’ll come back.”

NHL Scores: Knights blow a three goal lead, win anyway

The Golden Knights (8-1-1) had a comfortable lead heading into the third but the Ducks (5-6-3) stormed back to even the score at four. Zach Whitecloud scored with under four minutes to play and Vegas had a 5-4 victory.

In other action the Panthers (7-1-2) edged the Red Wings (3-9-2) 2-1. Blackhawks (6-4-4) outlasted the Stars (5-2-3) in OT 2-1 on a Pius Suter game-winner. Sharks (5-5-1) nipped the Kings (3-6-3) 4-3 in a shootout and the Oilers (8-7) got by the Senators (2-11-1) 3-2.

Fallout from John Tortorella benching Patrik Laine

The talk in the NHL wasn’t the hiring of Ron Hextall and Brian Burke by the Penguins yesterday, it was all about Torts benching Laine.