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Stamkos extends points streak to 16 games

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos extended his franchise-record points streak to 16 games, and Antero Niittymaki remained perfect against Atlanta, helping the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Thrashers 6-2 on Saturday night.

Stamkos had two goals — which gave him 40 for the season — and an assist. The center has 15 goals and 14 assists during his streak.

Niittymaki improved to 17-0-0 overall against Atlanta. Martin St. Louis, Paul Szczechura, Teddy Purcell — on a penalty shot — and Vincent Lecavalier also scored for the Lightning, who stopped a five-game losing streak.

St. Louis was shaken up after being checked into the boards by Atlanta's Clarke MacArthur with 7:46 left in the game. After spending a couple minutes kneeling behind the Thrashers' net, St. Louis was able to skate off the ice.

Niclas Bergfors and Colby Armstrong scored for Atlanta. The Thrashers are 4-1-2 in their last seven games.

New Tampa Bay owner Jeff Vinik attended his first home game since getting NHL approval to purchase the team Wednesday.

After Bergfors opened the scoring 3:22 into the game, goals by St. Louis, Stamkos and Szczechura gave Tampa Bay a 3-1 lead after one period. The Thrashers have been outscored 71-50 in the first this season.

St. Louis tied it at 8:47 before Stamkos made it 2-1 with 6:54 left in the period from the left circle during a power play. Szczechura extended the Lightning advantage to 3-1 on his first goal in 29 games at the 17-minute mark.

St. Louis also had two assists, and has 11 goals and 15 assists over his last 17 games.

Armstrong cut the Thrashers' deficit to 3-2 at 13:37 of the second. Purcell got the goal back on a penalty shot with 3:24 to go in the period.

Lecavalier and Stamkos had a third-period goals.

NOTES: Thrashers LW Evander Kane left during the second with a foot injury, which resulted from blocking a shot. ... Tampa Bay LW Ryan Malone, a member of the U.S. Olympic team, has not scored a goal in his last 14 games. ... Lightning RW Steve Downie has five goals and eight assists during a 10-game points streak. He assisted on St. Louis' goal. ... Szczechura was recalled from Norfolk of the AHL before the game.