Vasilevskiy 3rd straight shutout as Lightning top Stars 2-0

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Dallas Stars left wing Roope Hintz (24) has his shot blocked by Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) in the third period of an NHL hockey game in Dallas, Tuesday, March 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

By STEPHEN HAWKINS

DALLAS (AP) — Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 28 shots for his third consecutive shutout, extending his scoreless streak to 200 minutes, and the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Dallas Stars 2-0. Vasilevskiy also held the struggling Stars without a goal four days earlier at home, a 5-0 win in the first meeting this season between the teams that played in the Stanley Cup Final in the NHL bubble last September. The three straight shutouts are a career best for Vasilevskiy. His streak of 10-plus scoreless periods is the longest in the NHL this season. Just as they did Saturday, the Lightning went ahead to stay on a power-play goal in the first period by Ondrej Palat.