Lightning top Kings 4-3 in shootout for 9th straight win
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman scored in the shootout and the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 for their ninth straight victory Monday night, matching the longest winning streak in franchise history.
J.T. Miller’s third-period goal forced overtime, and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 30 shots for the Lightning, who improved the league’s best record to 48-11-4 and became the fourth team to reach 100 points in 63 games or less.
Alex Iafallo, Jonny Brodzinski and Austin Wagner scored in the third period, helping Los Angeles turn a two-goal deficit into a short-lived 3-2 lead that goalie Jack Campbell couldn’t protect. The Kings have lost eight straight, their longest skid since December 2007.
Braden Point and Anthony Cirelli had first-period goals for the Lightning, who fell behind when Brodzinski and Wagner scored in a 36-second span. Miller countered less than a minute later to make it 3-all.
Kucherov got his 71st assist on Tampa Bay’s first goal, giving him a league-leading and career-best 101 points.
P.K. Subban had a goal and an assist, and Colton Sissons also scored as the Predators won for the third time in four games to pass Winnipeg for first place in the Central Division. The Jets have three games in hand.
Leon Draisaitl scored twice for Edmonton, which won its previous two games.
Matthews is the first player in Maple Leafs history to score 30-plus goals in the first three seasons of his NHL career.
Frederik Andersen made 31 saves for his 100th win with Toronto.
Montreal had a lot more at stake. It came into the night with a one-point lead over Carolina and Pittsburgh for the top wild card in the Eastern Conference. The Hurricanes and Penguins now each have a game in hand.
The winning play was set up when Mike Hoffman sped down the ice, spun past defenseman Samuel Girard and sent a pass over to Ekblad, whose shot slid through the pads of Semyon Varlamov. The Avalanche fell to 1-12 in OT this season.
Hoffman had a goal midway through the third period to tie the game. Troy Brouwer and Evgenii Dadonov scored 1:09 apart late in the second period to erase a 2-0 deficit. The win moved Luongo past Ed Belfour for third place on the career list.
Brassard nearly had the winner in his Colorado debut on a goal with 12:11 remaining. But his former teammate, Hoffman, stole his thunder by tying it minutes later.
It was a wild day for Brassard, who woke up Monday morning as a member of the Panthers only to be traded to the Avalanche.
The shutout was the third of Markstrom’s career. His previous one came against Dallas on Feb. 11, 2018.
- Colorado Avalanche
- Florida Panthers
- Los Angeles Kings
- Nashville Predators
- Tampa Bay Lightning
- Toronto Maple Leafs