Emotional Day Ends With Dominating Win For Lightning

Lightning Not Ready To Throw In The Towel, Handily Defeat Senators 

Brayden Point scored his ninth goal Nikita Kucherov added a trio of power play goals in a four goal second period en route to a 5-1 victory for the Tampa Bay Lightning over the Ottawa Senators.  Braydon Coburn added a third period goal and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 39 shots.

The win improves the Lightning’s record to 27-25-8 and they have now registered points in eight of their last nine games.

Kyle Turris scored Ottawa’s as the Senators see their record drop to 33-21-6.

Kucherov’s Four Point Night Leads Offense

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Points’ goal was his sixth goal and ninth point in 11 games since returning from injury. He also has seven points in his last seven games including four goals and three assists.

Kucherov’s hat trick gives him 94 goals in his career which puts him alone in ninth place on the Lightning’s All-Time goal scorers list. Next up on the list is Chris Gratton (98). The three goals extended his goal streak to three games. Over his last three games he has nine points including five goals  goals and four assists.

It was Kucherov’s second career hat trick, the first coming on October 28, 2014 against the Arizona Coyotes. He scored all three of his goals on the power play in the second period. With that he becomes just the second player in Lightning history to complete the hat trick with three power play goals in a single period. Interestingly, the first was Chris Kontos and he did that in the Lightning’s inaugural game on October 7, 1992. He added an assist on Braydon Coburn’s third period goal giving him four points on the night tying a career high for points in a game (four times).

Drouin Adds Trio Of Assists

Jonathan Drouin returned after a one game absence (flu) to pick up a trio of assists. It’s his eighth multi-point game of the season and 13th of his career. Including the playoffs, it was Drouin’s third career three point game.

Hedman’s Helpers

Victor Hedman picked up an assist on Kucherov’s second goal. It was his team-leading 40th assist of the season. He needs two more assists to match his career high for assist in a season set during the 2013-2014 season (42 assists). He entered the game tied for sixth in the NHL for assists and ranked second among leage defenseman behind Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson (44).

Up Next For Lightning:

The Lightning finish their four game home stand Wednesday night against the Caroline Hurricane.

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