Kucherov reaches points milestone, Lightning roll past Jets
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nikita Kucherov tied the Lightning's single-season points record with a pair of assists to lead Tampa Bay to a 5-2 victory against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.
Kucherov's two points gave him 108 on the season to tie the single-season mark set by Vincent Lecavalier in the 2006-07 season when he finished with 52 goals and 58 assists.
The league-leading Lightning improved to 14-1-2 in the past 17 games.
Steven Stamkos scored his 34th goal of the season and 382nd of his career and is one shy of tying Lecavalier's career franchise record.
Brayden Point, Adam Erne and Yanni Gourde also scored for Tampa Bay.
Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 30 saves for his 10th consecutive victory and improved to 11-0-2 in his past 13 starts.
Blake Wheeler and Jacob Trouba scored for Winnipeg, which fell to 2-3 in the past five games.
PENGUINS 3, PANTHERS 2, OT
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jake Guentzel scored on a breakaway 2:44 into overtime to lift Pittsburgh past Florida.
Guentzel took a lead pass from Sidney Crosby and slipped a backhand by Roberto Luongo for his second goal of the night and 33rd this season. Pittsburgh picked up two vital points as it tries to create some breathing room in its pursuit of a playoff berth.
Crosby finished with a goal and two assists on the night he became the 48th player in NHL history to reach 1,200 points. Matt Murray had 32 saves for the Penguins.
Henrik Borgstrom and Vincent Trocheck scored for the Panthers but Florida dropped its fifth straight, four of them in overtime.
ISLANDERS 5, SENATORS 4, SO
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Jordan Eberle and Mathew Barzal scored in the shootout and New York gave coach Barry Trotz his 800th win.
Brock Nelson, Anders Lee, Devon Toews and Ross Johnston scored in regulation to help the Islanders recover after giving up a two-goal lead in the third period and snap a two-game skid. Robin Lehner stopped 21 shots before leaving with an injury late in the third period. Thomas Greiss came on, stopped both shots he faced through overtime and denied Thomas Chabot and Bobby Ryan in the shootout.
The Islanders pulled into a tie with Washington atop the Metropolitan Division.
Oscar Lindberg, Ryan, Zack Smith and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored for the Senators, who went to their first shootout this season and lost for the ninth time in 11 games. Craig Anderson finished with 34 saves.
BLUE JACKETS 2, DEVILS 1, SO
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Cam Atkinson and Artemi Panarin scored in the shootout and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped both New Jersey attempts to give Columbus the win.
Atkinson also scored the Columbus goal in regulation. Bobrovsky had 29 saves as the Blue Jackets beat the Devils for the seventh straight time, including all four this season.
Travis Zajac scored for New Jersey in regulation and Cory Schneider had 17 saves as the Devils lost their fourth in a row.
BRUINS 4, HURRICANES 3, SO
BOSTON (AP) — David Krejci scored 1:46 into overtime, and Boston ended Carolina's five-game winning streak.
Jake DeBrusk had a goal and an assist, setting up the game-winner after making a steal in the corner and sending a crossing pass to Krejci in the slot.
Chris Wanger and Patrice Bergeron also scored for the Bruins, who have earned at least a point in 17 straight games. Jaroslav Halak stopped 35 shots for Boston.
Sebastian Aho scored twice for Carolina. Justin Williams also scored for the Hurricanes, and Curtis McElhinney finished with 34 saves.
DUCKS 3, COYOTES 1
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Adam Henrique and Troy Terry scored power-play goals in the third period, Anaheim ended Arizona's NHL-long six-game winning streak.
Jakob Silfverberg had a goal and an assist for the Ducks, who had scored only seven goals while losing five of their previous six.
Lawson Crouse scored his career-high 11th goal for the Coyotes, who had won the first four games of a season-long seven-game homestand.
Ducks backup goaltender Ryan Miller made 22 saves. He had lost his previous two starts.
PREDATORS 5, WILD 4, SO
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Johansen scored the lone goal in a shootout and Nashville got its second win against Minnesota in three nights.
Johansen also got the game-winner in the fourth round of a shootout Sunday when the Predators edged the Wild 3-2 in Minnesota. This time, he scored after Kyle Turris, Ryan Ellis and Filip Forsberg all were stopped.
Viktor Arvidsson had a goal and an assist. Roman Josi, Brian Boyle and Craig Smith also scored for Nashville.
Kevin Fiala scored two goals in his first multi-goal game this season against his old team, the second forcing OT to earn the Wild a point in their seventh straight game. Pontus Aberg and Eric Fehr each scored for Minnesota, which entered in the second wild-card slot in the Western Conference.
AVALANCHE 4, RED WINGS 3, OT
DENVER (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon scored 2:29 into overtime and also had an assist to help Colorado rally past skidding Detroit.
MacKinnon's 34th goal of the season gave Colorado two valuable points in the Western Conference wild-card chase. The Avalanche kept pace with Dallas and gained a point on Minnesota, which lost in a shootout at Nashville.
Mikko Rantanen had a goal and two assists for Colorado, and Tyson Barrie tied it late in the third period. He also had an assist.
Filip Zadina, Niklas Kronwall and Danny DeKeyser scored for Detroit, and Jonathan Bernier made 30 saves.
STARS 1, RANGERS 0
DALLAS (AP) — Ben Bishop made 28 saves in his 28th career shutout, John Klingberg scored a second-period goal and Dallas beat New York.
Dallas won its third straight to move one point ahead of Minnesota for the first wild card from the Western Conference.
Klingberg provided the offense 1:16 into the second period. He took a cross-ice pass from Miro Heiskanen at the blue line, skated to the top of the right circle and sent a wrist shot into the net off the left goalpost.
Alexandar Georgiev had 31 saves for New York, which hasn't won in five games.
CANADIENS 3, KINGS 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carey Price tied Jacques Plante for most career wins by a Montreal goalie, making 26 saves in a victory over Los Angeles.
Price won his 314th game in 611 appearances for the Canadiens, matching the total Plante had in 556 games with the team.
Montreal remained tied with Pittsburgh for the first Eastern Conference wild card, two points ahead of Columbus.
Brendan Gallagher extended his scoring streak to four games. Jordan Weal scored in his Canadiens debut and Shea Weber made it 3-0 early in the third period.
Matt Luff scored and Jonathan Quick stopped 21 shots for the Kings, who lost for the 11th time in 12 games.Modified 20 Dec 2019, 21:54 IST