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Best of the Bolts: Nikita Kucherov's extra-attacker tying goal earns top play of 2015-16

by Jeff Odom / Tampa Bay Lightning

In the end, there could only be one.



Nikita Kucherov’s extra-attacker tying goal in Game 3 of Tampa Bay’s Second Round series versus the New York Islanders made it all the way through to the final from the Tampa Bay Bracket.

And when the final votes were tallied, it was Kucherov who came out on top, defeating Alex Killorn’s late-Game 5 winner that sent the Detroit Red Wings packing in the First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second season in a row.

It's no surprise that both of these plays were pivotal moments in helping the Bolts return to the Eastern Conference Final in back-to-back seasons. And in the tightest contest of the competition, Kucherov came out with the slight advantage over Killorn.

Thank you to the fans for keeping the votes rolling in for your favorites for more than a month, and helping us crown the Lightning’s best play from 2015-16.

The Championship

Sept. 2 - 5 - Click here to see results

EXTRA ATTACKER SINKS ISLANDERS (51 percent) defeats KILLORN FINISHES OFF RED WINGS

FINAL FOUR MATCHUPS

Matchup 1 - Aug. 29 - 31 - Click here to see results

EXTRA ATTACKER SINKS ISLANDERS (58 percent) defeats STOPPING AN AVALANCHE

Matchup 2 - Aug. 31 - Sept. 2 - Click here to see results

KILLORN FINISHES OFF RED WINGS (63 percent) defeats TIC-TAC-GOAL

QUARTERFINAL MATCHUPS

Tampa Bay Bracket - Aug. 19 - 22 - Click here to see results

EXTRA ATTACKER SINKS ISLANDERS (64 percent) defeats GARRISON MAKES HISTORY ON OPENING NIGHT

Lightning Bracket - Aug. 22 - 24 - Click here to see results

STOPPING AN AVALANCHE (59 percent) defeats VLADDY WITH THE HATTY

Blue Bracket - Aug. 24 - 26 - Click here to see results

KILLORN FINISHES OFF THE RED WINGS (57 percent) defeats KUCHEROV GOES BEAST MODE 

White Bracket - Aug 26-29 - Click here to results

TIC-TAC-GOAL (54 percent) defeats BISH, PLEASE

ROUND OF 16 MATCHUPS

Tampa Bay Bracket - August 10-12 - Click here to see results

GARRISON MAKES HISTORY ON OPENING NIGHT (58 percent) defeats BUTT GOAL

EXTRA ATTACKER SINKS ISLANDERS (65 percent) defeats BATTER UP

Lightning Bracket - Aug. 12 - 15 - Click here to see results

VLADDY WITH THE HATTY (53 percent) defeats THE STRALMAN SPIN

STOPPING AN AVALANCHE (56 percent) defeats THE CAPTAIN HITS 300

Blue Bracket - Aug. 15 - 17 - Click here to see results

KUCHEROV GOES BEAST MODE (53 percent) defeats BOYLE DELIVERS THE KNOCKOUT BLOW

KILLORN FINISHES OFF THE RED WINGS (51 percent) defeats HEDMAN FILLS IN AT GOALIE

White Bracket - Aug. 17 - 19 - Click here to see results

BISH PLEASE (71 percent) defeats PUTTING UP PALAT OF POINTS

TIC TAC GOAL (57 percent) defeats VASY ROBS CROSBY

ROUND OF 32 MATCHUPS

Tampa Bay Bracket - Aug. 1 - 3- Click here to see results

BUTT GOAL (70 percent) defeats CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

GARRISON MAKES HISTORY ON OPENING NIGHT (82 percent) defeats ANDREI THE GIANT

BATTER UP (51 percent) defeats DROUIN IT, DROUIN IT AND DROUIN IT WELL

EXTRA ATTACKER SINKS ISLANDERS (62 percent) defeats SHORTHANDED SUCCESS

Lightning Bracket - Aug 3 - 5 - Click here to see results

VLADDY WITH THE HATTY (54 percent) defeats GOAL GARRISON

THE STRALMAN SPIN (92 percent) defeats GUD SAVE

STOPPING AN AVALANCHE (61 percent) defeats BULLET WITH EYES

THE CAPTAIN HITS 300 (69 percent) defeats BISHOP’S BRILLIANCE

Blue Bracket  - Aug 5 - 8 - Click here to see results

BOYLE DELIVERS THE KNOCKOUT BLOW (77 percent) defeats SLIP AND FALL

KUCHEROV GOES BEAST MODE (85 percent) defeats BISHOP GETS IN THE WAY

HEDMAN FILLS IN AT GOALIE (79 percent) defeats BOILING POINT

KILLORN FINISHES OFF THE RED WINGS (78 percent) defeats FIL-ING THE NET

White Bracket - Aug 8 - 10 - Click here to see results

BISH PLEASE (56 percent) defeats PASSING THE PUCK

PUTTING UP PALAT OF POINTS (66 percent) defeats SCOOP SAVE AND A BEAUT

TIC TAC GOAL (71 percent) defeats JOHNNY ON THE SPOT

VASY ROBS CROSBY (75 percent) defeats BISHOP MAKES HISTORY

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