Kucherov's late goal gives Lightning 4-3 win over Wings
DETROIT (AP) Nikita Kucherov scored his second goal of the game with 1:10 left to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night .
Captain Steven Stamkos and defenseman Nikita Nesterov also scored for Tampa Bay, which has won five of eight (5-2-1). Vladislav Namestnikov had two assists and Ben Bishop made 25 saves.
Defenseman Ryan Sproul got his first career goal and had an assist, and Frans Nielsen and Henrik Zetterberg also scored for Detroit. Petr Mrazek stopped 18 shots.
Stamkos left the game in the middle of the first period after limping off the ice favoring his right leg after a collision with the Red Wings' Gustav Nyquist along the boards.
Sproul made it 3-2 with a power-play goal 7:12 into the third period, beating Bishop with a shot from the right circle.
Zetterberg tied it with a power-play goal nearly 2 1/2 minutes later as he put Anthony Mantha's behind-the-back, cross-crease pass into an empty net. It was Zetterberg's third goal.
Nesterov made it 3-1 with a power-play goal 1:29 into the third as he beat Mrazek with a screened shot from the blue line in the middle of the ice. It was Nesterov's first goal and point of the season.
Kucherov opened the scoring 3:30 into the game, when he took advantage of Mrazek's misplay of the puck behind the net and stuffed the puck into the empty net from the side for his seventh.
Stamkos made it 2-0, at 6:09 when he put in a rebound for his ninth.
Nielsen put Detroit on the scoreboard with 1:19 left in the first period. He beat Bishop with a backhand shot from the left circle for his third.
NOTE: Tampa Bay LW Jonathan Drouin missed his seventh game because of an upper-body injury and D Anton Strahlman missed his second game with an upper-body injury … Red Wings D Niklas Kronwall did not play because he was resting his knees. He has chronic knee issues and was replaced in the lineup by Sproul.
Lightning: At Buffalo on Thursday night.
Red Wings: At Washington on Friday night.