Lightning beat Senators 5-1 for 50th win of season
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — NHL scoring leader Nikita Kucherov had a goal and an assist to help the Tampa Bay Lightning earn their 50th victory of the season in their 66th game by beating the Ottawa Senators 5-1 on Saturday night, tying the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings as the fastest teams in NHL history to reach the mark.
Kucherov reached 75 assists on the season to become the first player since Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin in 2010-11 to record at least that many in a season.
Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 36 shots for his 30th victory.
Anthony Duclair scored the lone goal for the Senators, who lost their seventh consecutive game a day after firing coach Guy Boucher and replacing him with Marc Crawford on an interim basis. Craig Anderson finished with 29 saves.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Sebastian Aho scored at 1:46 of overtime and Carolina beat Florida for its fifth straight win.
Aho tipped in the puck from the edge of the crease for his team-leading 27th goal.
The victory improved the Bruins‘ streak of at least one point in every game to 16 straight (12-0-4) and they haven’t lost in regulation since a 3-2 setback to the New York Rangers on Jan. 19. It’s their longest since 18 games (14-0-4) last season.
Rask is 14-0-3 in his last 17 starts.
Koskinen improved to 18-15-4 with his fourth career shutout — all this season.
Dustin Brown scored twice for the Kings, who avoided tying the longest losing streak in team history, an 11-game slide from March 16-April 4, 2004. Ilya Kovalchuk and Brendan Leipsic each had a goal and an assist, and Sean Walker scored a power-play goal. Jonathan Quick made 29 saves.
COYOTES 3, RED WINGS 1
The Coyotes have won six in a row for the first time since Feb. 16-28, 2012, and are in contention for a Western Conference wild-card spot with 17 games left in the regular season.
Dylan Larkin scored for Detroit, which has lost five straight. Jimmy Howard finished with 41 saves.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jamie Benn had three goals for his fifth career hat trick, and Dallas beat St. Louis.
John Klingberg had a goal and an assist, and St. Louis native Ben Bishop made 29 saves as the Stars improved to 3-1 this season and 6-1-0 in their last seven games against the Blues. Dallas has won three of its last four and pulled three points behind St. Louis for third place in the Central Division.
The Flames raised Iginla’s No. 12 to the rafters in a pre-game ceremony that lasted nearly an hour.
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