Remember that offensive slump after the All-Star break? Feels like an eternity has passed since then. In their last four games, Tampa Bay has scored 22 goals while only allowing nine. That’s absolutely absurd. Kucherov recorded four points for the second staright game and has 11 in his last three games. That puts him at 92 points on the season and on pace for 130 points.
In case anyone’ curious, here is a game recap as seen from a writer who witnessed their team lost 6-0. [Defending Big D]
Well the game could have certainly started better. Taylor Fedun took a tripping penalty just 2:41 in to put the league’s top power play unit on the ice. The Stars killed off the penalty without too much trouble, but took another penalty three minutes later when Mattias Janmark tripped Steven Stamkos. This time, the Lightning only needed eight seconds before Stamkos got his revenge with an effortless power play goal.
As for the records Kuch broke? Here’s a list:
Nikita Kucherov is the first player in @TBLightning franchise history to record his 90th point before his 60th personal game, and just the fifth different NHL player to do so in 20 years. #NHLStats #DALvsTBL pic.twitter.com/jYuCWbGy9g— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 15, 2019
Nikita Kucherov joined Phil Kessel and Mark Scheifele as the third player to collect 3+ points in three consecutive team games this season. The last player to do so in four straight contests was Keith Tkachuk in 2005-06 (Dec. 1-10, 2005). #NHLStats #DALvsTBL pic.twitter.com/p46YcsiiUU— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 15, 2019
Most four-point games through first 58 team games, since 1994-95:@86Kucherov: 2018-19 (6)— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 15, 2019
Iya Kovalchuk: 2005-06 (6)
Mario Lemieux: 1995-96 (13) & 1996-97 (6)
Jaromir Jagr: 1995-96 (7)
Peter Forsberg: 1995-96 (6)
Adam Oates: 1995-96 (6)#NHLStats #DALvsTBL pic.twitter.com/F2L0bQ9jY6
Not to be forgotten, captain Steven Stamkos is eyeing some Tampa Bay Lightning legends on the all-time franchise players lists and isn’t slowing down. Think he can get all three goes in his next game?
You guys, Steven Stamkos (380 career goals) is three goals away from tying Vinny Lecavalier (383) for most goals in Lightning franchise history, and the way things are going right now, he might get there tonight. #Bolts #DALvsTBL— Bryan Burns (@BBurnsNHL) February 15, 2019
In no universe should the Lightning go after Cody Ceci. He is not a good defenseman, put on a pedestal only because he was “touted” to be a great defenseman. Yet, because there have been a few Lightning scouts in Ottawa, the Bolts and Sens are poised to make a trade. It’s not happening.
Cody Ceci? Colleague Joe Smith of The Athletic mentioned as a potential target in his Lightning trade deadline primer https://t.co/8I74W53tyL— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 15, 2019
Slater Koekkoek is starting fresh with the Chicago Blackhawks and finding success with his new team. Honestly, that’s great to hear from him. We hope he has a long career on the ice and not in the pressbox.
Slater Koekkoek was traded from the very best team in the league to, at the time, one of the very worst.— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) February 14, 2019
But he was stoked. Trades can be scary, and they sure can be crazy, but they can be exhilarating and invigorating, too.
From my story: https://t.co/dGWvoMm09S pic.twitter.com/pyhK7f4mzM
On the 13th, the Syracuse Crunch got shut out by the Belleville Senators in a 3-0 loss. It was their second goal-less game in as many nights. We figured a bubble was going to burst following the winning streak, but yikes. [Raw Charge]
Through the first four games on the trip they have scored a total of seven regulation goals. That’s not great. What’s even worse is that six of them came in one game - a 6-0 win against Hartford last Friday night. In the other three games they’ve only been able to find the back of the net once, a third period goal by Cory Conacher last Wednesday in their 2-1 shoot out win against Rochester. With the back-to-back shutout losses, the Crunch’s scoreless drought is now sitting at 121:20. That’s also not great.
#SyrCrunch have been shut out in back-to-back games (Feb. 10 at Providence and Feb. 13 at Belleville). It's the first time they've been shut out in back-to-back games since Feb. 10 and Feb. 13, 2015 (at Adirondack and at Norfolk). You can't make this up!— Lukas Favale (@LukasFavale) February 14, 2019
Throwback six years ago to 2013 when the Crunch started their first run to the Calder Cup Finals. Feel old yet?
On Feb. 14, 2013, the Tampa Bay Lightning acquired Cedrick Desjardins from the Montreal Canadiens.— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) February 14, 2019
Ceddy backstopped the #SyrCrunch to the franchise’s first #CalderCup Final appearance in 2013. #TBT pic.twitter.com/E2mRbxNlqE
Claude Giroux is going to be a dad, and by extension, Gritty is going to be an uncle!
The Lightning once again topped the ESPN Power Rankings list, but there is an angry hoard of four teams somewhat distantly behind them making ground. Nevertheless, they said the H word for Kucherov! That never happens! [ESPN]
Nikita Kucherov has been the leading man all season. With a league-leading 88 points (and seven in his past two games), he could be staring at a Hart (Trophy) in June.
Back to 2nd baby. pic.twitter.com/FYFugZVxYW— Platinum Seat Ghosts (@3rdPeriodSuits) February 15, 2019
Highlight of the Night: Don’t meet your heroes, unless it’s Mitch Marner, then it’s okay.