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Nikita Kucherov named NHL's First Star of December

Kucherov recorded 30 points in 14 games for the Bolts in December

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NEW YORK (Jan. 2, 2019) - Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau and Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the month of December.

Video: TBL@EDM: Kucherov scores on breakaway

Kucherov topped the NHL with 21 assists and 30 points in 14 outings (9-21-30), averaging 2.14 points per game to power the League-leading Lightning (31-7-2, 64 points) to a 13-0-1 December - franchise records for wins and points in any calendar month. Kucherov, who also set Tampa Bay records for assists and points in a single month, became the first NHL player to register 30-plus points in any calendar month since Jaromir Jagr achieved the feat with the Pittsburgh Penguins in March 2001 (15-16-31 in 15 GP). Kucherov did so by finding the scoresheet in all but one of his 14 December appearances, including 11 straight to close the month (7-16-23). That was highlighted by 1-4-5 Dec. 22 at EDM, career highs for assists and points in a game as well as the 12th five-point performance in Lightning history. The 25-year-old Maykop, Russia, native paces the NHL with 46 assists and 65 points in 40 total games this season. He also sits second in the League with 23 power-play points (8-15-23), 10 of which came in December (4-6-10).

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