Kucherov Sets Franchise Mark, Lightning Continue Domination Over Detroit

Kucherov Sets Franchise Single Season Scoring Mark

The Tampa Bay Lightning, who have already punched their ticket to the playoffs, improved to 52-13-4 (108-points) defeating the Detroit Red Wings 3-2.

“You have to continually get up, lace them up and play this out full well knowing that we’re in the playoffs.” Coach Jon Cooper said. “We have talked about this a lot about bringing consistency to our game. As we talked about two nights ago, our puck management and just doing things that are not going to win you in the playoffs.”

Nikita Kucherov first period goal gave him 109 points on the season breaking the franchise single season mark of 108 previously held by Vincent Lecavalier (2006-07). He later added his second goal to push that total to 110.

“It’s special for me and my family definitely. I don’t think many people believed in me, and I’m just trying to keep them wrong and just happy for myself.” Kucherov said after the game. “Thanks for the guys helping me out. Without them, I wouldn’t have as much success. It’s all the guys.”

Ryan McDonagh also scored and Louis Domingue stopped 22-of-24 shots in picking up his 20th win of the season.

Jon Cooper on Kucherov setting the franchise mark:
“To come in and be able to set records, he passed an icon in Vinny and there’s no doubt it means something. Now, if you’re going to sit here and say single season record or Stanley Cup, he’s clearly grabbing the Stanley Cup.”

The victory was Tampa Bay’s 14th consecutive regular season victory over Detroit. A streak that dates back to February 3, 2016.  Tampa Bay has won 13 consecutive regular season home games over the Red Wings and they improve to 21-4-0 in the regular season against them since the start of the 2013-2014 season.

Thomas Vanek and Anthony Mantha each scored for Detroit who fall to 24-34-10 with the loss.

Lightning Notes:

  • Ryan McDonagh scored the games first goal at the 3:06 mark of the first period. It was his eighth goal of the season. Erik Cernak and Anthony Cirelli each picked up an assist.
  • Nikita Kucherov scored the Lightning second goal 11:56 into the game. It was his 32nd goal of the season. Brayden Point and Victor Hedman each picked up an assist on the goal.
  • Kucherov’s 110-points (33-77–109) on the season sets the Lightning’s single season mark for points in a season. The previous record of 108-points was held by Vincent Lecavalier (52-56–108) set in the 2006-07 season.
  • Kucherov added a second goal in the third period to push the Lightning lead to 3-1. Mikhail Sergachev and Tyler Johnson picked up assists.
  • Kucherov is the first NHL player to reach the 110-point mark since Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin in 2009-10.
  • It marks Kucherov’s fifth two-goal game on the season and 33rd multi-point goal.

Up Next:

The Lightning will head north of the border to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs Monday night at 7:00.  The Bolts will play nine of their final 13 games on the road.

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