Lightning Sweep Season Series Over Devils
Five different Bolts scored as the Tampa Bay Lightning completed their three-game season sweep over the New Jersey Devils defeating them 5-1 on Monday night.
With the win, Tampa Bay becomes the first team to 20 wins in the NHL this season and improve to a league best 20-7-1 (41-points). They have now won three in a row and six of their last seven. Additionally, their perfect record against Metropolitan Division teams remains intact at 8-0-0.
The loss drops New Jersey to 9-12-5 (23-points) on the season. There lone goal was scored by Egor Yakovlev, his first of his career.
Kucherov Extends Point Streak:
Nikita Kucherov recorded his fourth career four point game (1-3–4) extending his point streak to 10 straight games (5-19–24). His 10-game point streak sits just one game off his career best 11 game streak set at the beginning of the 2017-2018 season (October 6-26, 2017).
Kucherov has recorded three or more points in five of 10 games during his current point streak. He is one of seven players with at least 30 such performances since 2014-15 (his first complete NHL season).
Domingue Wins 11th Game:
While nobody would come out and say it, there was a certain amount of apprehension when news that Andrei Vasilevskiy broke his foot and was to miss 4-6 weeks. Louis Domingue had been a suitable backup to Vasy, but how would he fare shouldering the brunt of the load over an extended period of time?
Domingue made his 11th straight start, the longest streak in the NHL this season, and improved his record to 11-4 by stopping 26-of-27 shots. Over his current 11 game streak he has a 8-3-0 mark.
“We thought he was excellent, played the puck well, was seeing it. I thought defensively we didn’t give them much, but when we did, he was there for it. The goal against, a little unfortunate, a missed assignment.” Coach Jon Cooper said. “He had no chance on that one anyway, it was a great shot. He was in command of the game. You go back to probably the last five periods he’s played, he’s been really good. It’s good to see.”
Tampa Bay will play the back-half of their back-to-back set against the Detroit Red Wings tonight at 7:30 pm. New Jersey heads out West to take on the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.