Kucherov reaches points milestone, Lightning roll past Jets
Kucherov’s two points gave him 108 on the season to tie the single-season mark set by Vincent Lecavalier in the 2006-07 season when he finished with 52 goals and 58 assists.
The league-leading Lightning improved to 14-1-2 in the past 17 games.
Steven Stamkos scored his 34th goal of the season and 382nd of his career and is one shy of tying Lecavalier’s career franchise record.
Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 30 saves for his 10th consecutive victory and improved to 11-0-2 in his past 13 starts.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jake Guentzel scored on a breakaway 2:44 into overtime to lift Pittsburgh past Florida.
Guentzel took a lead pass from Sidney Crosby and slipped a backhand by Roberto Luongo for his second goal of the night and 33rd this season. Pittsburgh picked up two vital points as it tries to create some breathing room in its pursuit of a playoff berth.
Brock Nelson, Anders Lee, Devon Toews and Ross Johnston scored in regulation to help the Islanders recover after giving up a two-goal lead in the third period and snap a two-game skid. Robin Lehner stopped 21 shots before leaving with an injury late in the third period. Thomas Greiss came on, stopped both shots he faced through overtime and denied Thomas Chabot and Bobby Ryan in the shootout.
The Islanders pulled into a tie with Washington atop the Metropolitan Division.
Oscar Lindberg, Ryan, Zack Smith and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored for the Senators, who went to their first shootout this season and lost for the ninth time in 11 games. Craig Anderson finished with 34 saves.
BOSTON (AP) — David Krejci scored 1:46 into overtime, and Boston ended Carolina’s five-game winning streak.
Jake DeBrusk had a goal and an assist, setting up the game-winner after making a steal in the corner and sending a crossing pass to Krejci in the slot.
Ducks backup goaltender Ryan Miller made 22 saves. He had lost his previous two starts.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Johansen scored the lone goal in a shootout and Nashville got its second win against Minnesota in three nights.
Johansen also got the game-winner in the fourth round of a shootout Sunday when the Predators edged the Wild 3-2 in Minnesota. This time, he scored after Kyle Turris, Ryan Ellis and Filip Forsberg all were stopped.
Kevin Fiala scored two goals in his first multi-goal game this season against his old team, the second forcing OT to earn the Wild a point in their seventh straight game. Pontus Aberg and Eric Fehr each scored for Minnesota, which entered in the second wild-card slot in the Western Conference.
MacKinnon’s 34th goal of the season gave Colorado two valuable points in the Western Conference wild-card chase. The Avalanche kept pace with Dallas and gained a point on Minnesota, which lost in a shootout at Nashville.
Dallas won its third straight to move one point ahead of Minnesota for the first wild card from the Western Conference.
Klingberg provided the offense 1:16 into the second period. He took a cross-ice pass from Miro Heiskanen at the blue line, skated to the top of the right circle and sent a wrist shot into the net off the left goalpost.
Alexandar Georgiev had 31 saves for New York, which hasn’t won in five games.
Price won his 314th game in 611 appearances for the Canadiens, matching the total Plante had in 556 games with the team.
Montreal remained tied with Pittsburgh for the first Eastern Conference wild card, two points ahead of Columbus.
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