Lightning deal Canucks first two-game slide under Boudreau


TAMPA — The Vancouver Canucks lost consecutive games for the first time under coach Bruce Boudreau, 4-2 to the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Thursday.

Tyler Motte and Matthew Highmore each had a goal and an assist for the Canucks (16-17-3), who won their first eight games with Boudreau before losing three of the past four, including 5-2 at the Florida Panthers on Tuesday. Thatcher Demko made 17 saves.

Four players scored for the Lightning (25-9-5), who have won four of five. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 24 saves.

Steven Stamkos gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 3:16 of the first period, a one-timer from the left circle off a pass from Victor Hedman.

Highmore tied it 1-1 at 12:05 with a shot from inside the right circle.

Anthony Cirelli put the Lightning ahead 2-1 at 19:39 with a backhand from the low slot off a pass from Alex Killorn.

Boris Katchouk extended the lead to 3-1 at 11:24 of the third period when he finished a 2-on-0 off a pass from Ross Colton.

Motte made it 3-2 at 15:46 when he went between his legs and lifted a shot over Vasilevskiy from close range.

Brayden Point scored an empty-net goal to make it 4-2 at 18:44.

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