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Nikita Kucherov named NHL's Third Star of the Week

Kucherov recorded nine points in three Lightning wins last week

by Press Release /

NEW YORK (Dec. 24, 2018) - Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly and Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Dec. 23.

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Kucherov posted an NHL-best seven assists and ranked second overall with 2-7-9 in three outings to help the League-leading Lightning (28-7-2, 58 points) extend their point streak to 12 games (11-0-1). He began the week with consecutive multi-point performances, picking up 1‑1-2 in a 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks Dec. 18 and two helpers in a 5-4 shootout victory against the Calgary Flames Dec. 20. Kucherov then established career highs with four assists and five points (1-4-5) in a 6-3 triumph over the Edmonton Oilers Dec. 22, becoming the ninth different player in franchise history to register a five-point game. The 25-year-old Maykop, Russia, native - who reached the 100-point milestone for the first time in 2017-18 (39-61-100 in 80 GP) - sits second in the NHL with 57 points and third with 41 helpers through 37 contests this season (16-41-57).

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