TAMPA, Florida (Parlay Game) – Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman scored in shootout and lead the NHL Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 for their ninth consecutive win Monday night, matching the longest series of victories in the history of the franchise.
J.T. Miller & # 39; s goal in third period forced overtime, and Andrei Vasilevskiy The Lightning, which improved the league record record to 48-11-4, 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 goalkeeper Jack Campbell could not protect. The Kings have lost eight straight, their longest run since December 2007.
Braden Point and Anthony Cirelli scored a goal in the first half for the Lightning, who fell behind when Brodzinski and Wagner scored in 36 seconds. Miller countered less than a minute later to do 3-all.
Kucherov earned his 71st assist for the first goal of Tampa Bay, giving him a score of 101 points, the best goal in the league and the best in career.
The victory ended a day during which Lightning's general manager Julien BriseBois explored the possibility of trying to improve alignment at the trade deadline before deciding that there would be no had no potential deal, while bringing Tampa Bay closer to the Stanley Cup.
"I hope I sent them the same message that they sent me – calm and confident," said BriseBois about his players.
"We have a very good team. We trust the players we have there. We have answers for everything our opponents will throw at us, "added the GM. "There are a lot of good teams and I think we are one of them. I think we have compared the best teams in the league before the deadline, and after the deadline, I still think that's the case. "
With their last win, the Lightning joined the Montreal Canadiens in 1976-77 and 1977-78 and the Bruins from 1971 to 1971 as the only teams to accumulate 100 points in the first 63 games of the season.
This is the sixth season of 100 points in club history and the fourth season of Tampa Bay in the last six seasons.
NOTES: Vasilevskiy has won seven consecutive starts and is 8-0-2 in February. … Stamkos had two assists. With 381 goals in his career, he has not hesitated to make Vincent Lecavalier the best in franchise history. … The Kings have dropped the two games in the series against Tampa Bay for the third year in a row.