Erne Scores Twice In Third, Bolts Extend Point Streak
The Tampa Bay Lightning fell behind 2-0, trailed after the first period 3-2, and were still on the short end at second intermission 5-4.
Adam Erne scored the game tying goal midway through the third period and notched the game winner with just 1:02 remaining to play.
The victory extends the Bolts point streak to 14 straight games (13-0-1), the second longest such streak in franchise history. They improve to 30-7-2 and continue to lead the NHL with 62-points.
The Lightning are an impressive 16-1-1 over their last 18 games. They have yet to lose in December setting a franchise record for wins in a month with wins (12-0-1) and points (25). Tampa Bay improves to 21-0-2 against Eastern Conference foes this season.
The Lightning have been taking care of their home ice winning seven in a row and 10 of their last 11.
Despite the victory, Tampa Bay did not play a solid 60 minutes. They struggled over the first 40 minutes before taking over in the third. “Obviously, we had to change the way we were playing or who knows what the score was going to be in that game. ” Coach Cooper said. “But in the third period, with Adam (Erne) included, the biggest thing for me is we didn’t give them anything in the third.”
A win is a win. Points are points. “It means you’re two more points closer to a playoff spot that everybody is desperately looking for. Regardless if you’re in first place or eighth place, you’ve got to keep plugging away.” Cooper said. “There’s peaks and the valleys during the year, and you have to take advantage of games when maybe you’re not at your best but you can still get points.”
- Yanni Gourde opened the scoring for Tampa Bay and cut the Montreal lead to 2-1. It was his eighth goal of the season and his 100th career NHL point. His first point was an assist in his first NHL game on December 15, 2015 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He scored his first NHL goal the following season against the Florida Panthers on March 11, 2017.
- Adam Erne picked up an assist on Gourde’s goal, his eighth of the season. He now has recorded at least one point in three of his last four games.
- Anton Stralman briefly tied the game scoring his second goal of the season at the 17:07 mark.
- Nikita Kucherov tied the game in the second period on a power play goal. It was his 18th goal of the season. The goal extended his point streak ten games and he has points in 20 of his last 21 games. Victor Hedman and Brayden Point picked up assists on the goal.
- Tyler Johnson gave the Lightning their first lead at 4-3. It was Johnson’s 18th goal of the season. It was his 128th goal of his career (all with Tampa Bay) moving him past Vinny Prospal for seventh place on the all-time franchise goal scorers list.
- Nikita Kucherov and Mikhail Sergachev picked up assists on the goal.
- Adam Erne tied the game at 5-5 in the third period with his fifth goal of the season. It was his third multi-point game this season and fourth of his career. It was his second multi-point game in his last four overall. Anton Stralman and Victor Hedman picked up assists.
- Erne added his second goal with 1:02 remaining. It was the game winner and his third point of the night. It was his second three point game of the season and second of his career.
Nikita Kucherov became the 14th different player in NHL history to post multiple point streaks of 10 or more games in consecutive seasons.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) December 30, 2018
Tampa Bay will conclude the month of December by heading out West and taking on the Anaheim Ducks New Year’s Eve at 8:00 PM EST. Montreal will head to Dallas to take on the Stars in a New Year’s Eve tilt at 8:30 PM.