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First period explosion carries Bolts past Stars

Tampa Bay scored four goals in the first period and cruised to a 6-0 win over Dallas on Thursday

by Jacob Lynn /

Tampa Bay's red-hot offensive production continued on Thursday as they picked up a 6-0 win over the Stars at Amalie Arena on Thursday night.

The Lightning got started early, scoring four times in the first period to build a comfortable cushion.

Steven Stamkos connected on a power play just over seven minutes into the game to get things started. Mikhail Sergachev and Tyler Johnson followed that up with a pair of goals scored 14 seconds apart to quickly make it 3-0. Nikita Kucherov rounded out the first period onslaught with his 26th goal of the year with just over five minutes to play in the opening frame.

Video: DAL@TBL: Sergachev, Johnson score 14 seconds apart

Tampa Bay kept the pressure up in the second, scoring twice to build their lead to six. Alex Killorn cashed in on a juicy rebound to make it 5-0 and Stamkos scored his second power play goal of the game late in the period to put the game away.

Kucherov and Stamkos led the way offensively for the Bolts, combining for seven points on the night. Kucherov led the way with a goal and three assists and Stamkos added a pair of goals and an assist. Thursday marked Kucherov's second straight four-point game and gives him 11 points in the Lightning's last three games.

Not to be outdone by the offensive production on the other end of the ice, Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 32 shots he faced to record his second shutout of the Stars this season. The shutout was also the 17th of Vasilevskiy's career, tying him for the franchise record.

Video: DAL@TBL: Vasilevskiy makes stellar series of saves

The Lightning have now won four in a row and have collected points in eight straight games. Tampa Bay is 6-0-2 over that span. The Bolts have also averaged over five goals per game during the winning streak.

Tampa Bay will look to keep the streak going when they wrap up the homestand vs. the Canadiens on Saturday night.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
TBL | 7:19 Steven Stamkos (31) - Ondrej Palat, Nikita Kucherov - PPG
TBL | 12:39 Mikhail Sergachev (3) - Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point
TBL | 12:53 Tyler Johnson (20) - Steven Stamkos, Ondrej Palat
TBL | 14:40 Nikita Kucherov (26) - Alex Killorn

2nd Period
TBL | 8:23 Alex Killorn (12) - Anton Stralman, Ryan McDonagh
TBL | 16:28 Steven Stamkos (32) - Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point - PPG

3rd Period
No Scoring

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