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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1:00 am

NHL

Lightning beats Jackets for 6th consecutive win

Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Nikita Kucherov had two goals and three assists, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-1 Monday night for their sixth straight win.

Brayden Point scored twice, and Steven Stamkos also had a goal for the Lightning, which is 8-1-2 in its last 11 games. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 40 shots and got his 26th win. Kucherov now has 99 points to lead the league, with seven goals in the last five games.

Lukas Sedlak scored and Joonas Korpisalo finished with 15 saves for the Blue Jackets, who had won four straight.

Columbus outshot the Lightning 19-6 in the first period, but Kucherov scored twice. He first beat Korpisalo top shelf off a lead pass from Yanni Gourde with 8:42 left, and then nabbed a turnover in the neutral zone and slipped it through the goalie's five-hole with 5:36 remaining for his 29th of the season.

Stamkos made it 3-0 with just 28.1 seconds left in the second, 4 seconds into a 5-on-3 power play when he buried his 33rd off a pass from Kucherov.

Point made it 4-0 just 12 seconds into the third on a power play from just above the circles off a feed from Kucherov. That extended Point's point streak to five games.

Point then got his 35th only 34 seconds later off a pass from Kucherov.

Sedlak spoiled Vasilevskiy's bid for a third consecutive shutout with 1:45 remaining.

BLACKHAWKS 8, SENATORS 7: In Chicago, Alex DeBrincat recorded a hat trick and had his first five-point game, and Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists to lead Chicago. Kane has a point in 18 consecutive games and an assist in 17 straight, the sixth-longest assist streak in league history.