Kucherov’s Five Point Night Caps Impressive Lightning Win And Road Trip

Lightning Extend Point Streak To 12 Straight Games

Scorching. Certainly a proper word that could be used to describe Nikita Kucherov‘s five point effort against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.  It is also the perfect word to describe the play of the Tampa Bay Lightning who defeated Edmonton 6-3 to finish their four game road trip 3-0-1 and extend their consecutive point streak to 12 straight games.

Kucherov led the way Saturday night with a goal and four assists while Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson each scored twice and J.T. Miller also scored.

The win improves the Lightning to 28-7-2 (58-points) on the season and they are 14-1-1 in their last 16 games. They are the only team in the NHL not to lose a game in the month of December. Their 58 points through 37 games is a franchise record.

While Andrei Vasilevskiy was solid in net stopping 25-of-28 shots, it was once again the offense that continued to hum for the Bollts. They have now scored four or more goals in seven-consecutive games and 26 games overall this season, improving to 23-1-2 when scoring four or more goals.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Alex Chiasson, and Leon Draisaitl scored for Edmonton who lost their third straight game and see their record fall to 18-15-3 (39-points).

Kucherov’s five point night was the first such game of his career. “He’s been fantastic here these last, I don’t know, 18 months. He’s truly one of the best in the league.” Coach Jon Cooper said. “He sees the game like no one else. The things he comes up with sometimes, it’s quite impressive. It’s fun. It’s fun being out there with him. You know he’s going to create chances for himself and for other players. I think sometimes maybe he’s on a different wave length, especially me. Sometimes he pops out and makes plays that I’m not prepared for. He’s just a terrific player.”

The Lightning return home after the Christmas break to take on the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night at 7:30.