Tampa Bay’s spectacular begin to the season hasn’t been slowed one bit out West.
- Stamkos, Kucherov propel NHL-greatest Lightning previous Kings 5-2
- Stamkos, Kucherov and Alex Killorn every had a objective and an help
- Lightning improved their NHL-greatest document to thirteen-2-2 with third straight win
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On again-to-again nights at both finish of California, Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov led the speedy Lightning to blowout wins over two NHL contenders.
Stamkos, Kucherov and Alex Killorn every had a aim and an help throughout Tampa Bay’s 4-aim first interval, and the NHL-main Lightning beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-2 Thursday in an early assembly of division leaders.
One night time after a 5-1 win in San Jose, the Lightning have been simply nearly as good in LA. Kucherov began the Lightning’s avalanche of objectives throughout four-on-four play halfway by way of the opening interval at Staples Middle when he slipped out on a breakaway to simply accept a cross from Stamkos.
Earlier than they have been executed, the Lightning had 4 objectives in 2:02.
“I can’t keep in mind the final time we got here in right here and performed this properly towards these two groups again-to-again,” Killorn stated. “There’s a ton of confidence on this room. We understand our prime guys are doing rather well, they usually assist to feed our entire workforce. Every part appears to be clicking proper now.”
Victor Hedman additionally scored throughout a surge that buried Jonathan Fast and the Pacific Division-main Kings, who misplaced at residence in regulation for the primary time this season.
“Often in San Jose and right here, we’ve had some actually robust nights,” stated Hedman, who additionally had an help in his third multi-level efficiency in 5 video games. “To return in right here and play the best way we’ve performed the final two video games, it’s actually satisfying. It says rather a lot concerning the character of this group.”
Vladislav Namestnikov added a 3rd-interval aim and Peter Budaj made 22 saves towards his former Los Angeles teammates. The Lightning improved the NHL’s greatest document to thirteen-2-2 with their third straight victory general.
Stamkos stored the general NHL scoring lead with 30 factors, however Kucherov is true behind with 29. The Russian ahead leads the NHL with sixteen objectives in 17 video games.
“It jogs my memory of the staff we had within the (Stanley Cup) Last yr (in 2015),” stated Kucherov, who has eight factors within the final three video games. “We now have lots of similarities, and we’re enjoying quick. We play with lots of toughness and a number of enjoyable, and are enjoyable to observe.”
Oscar Fantenberg scored his first profession aim and Fast stopped 38 photographs for the Kings (eleven-three-2), who had gained 9 of 12 earlier than getting blitzed within the first interval.
“We truly had a reasonably good begin, after which the wheels got here off for a bit bit there,” Kings captain Anze Kopitar stated. “Whenever you go down four-zero, it’s a steep hill to climb, however I assumed we caught to it and received again in it.”
Killorn scored 34 seconds after Kucherov’s opening objective with a tip in entrance, and Hedman related 34 seconds after that. Stamkos capped the onslaught…