Nikita Kucherov scored the eventual game-winning goal at 16:39 of the second period to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to their seventh consecutive victory and halt the Chicago Blackhawks' franchise-record winning streak at 12 games. The Lightning are one game shy of tying the longest winning streak in Lightning history, established Feb. 23 – March 6, 2004 (8-0-0).
* At 26-17-4 (56 points), the Lightning moved within one point of tying the idle Florida Panthers (26-15-5, 57 points) for first place in the Atlantic Division. The Panthers have one game in hand, but the Lightning own the ROW tiebreaker (TBL: 24, FLA: 21). The Lightning were sixth in the division and 12 points behind the Panthers before their streak began Jan. 8.
* The Lightning improved to 7-0-2 in their past nine regular-season games against the Blackhawks, their opponent in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final, dating to March 9, 2011 (CHI: 2-3-4).
* Kucherov scored his 20th goal of the season to extend his point streak to seven games (6-4—10). He also has at least one point in 12 straight home games (9-9—18). Kucherov leads the Lightning in goals (tied w/ Steven Stamkos) and points (40) this season.
* Ben Bishop made 17 saves for his fourth consecutive victory. He's now 19-13-3 in 36 games this season. He's second in the League with a 1.94 goals-against average, just behind leader the 1.86 of the Anaheim Ducks' John Gibson.