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Player of the Week: Nikita Kucherov

Kucherov led the Bolts with three goals between February 10th and 16th

by Jacob Lynn @TBLightning /

Nikita Kucherov's torrid scoring pace continued last week, tying for the team lead with five points despite sitting out a game with a lower-body injury. 

Kucherov scored both of Tampa Bay's goals in a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory in Columbus on Monday night. He opened the scoring on a deflection early in the first period and then netted the game-winner 31 seconds into overtime. 

Video: TBL@CBJ: Kucherov wins it in overtime for Lightning

The following night in Pittsburgh, Kucherov picked up the primary assist on Mikhail Sergachev's power play goal in the second period. Kucherov would exit the game with an injury later on in the period but the Lightning went on to win 2-1 in overtime.

The lower-body injury forced Kucherov to miss Thursday's game at Amalie Arena against the Oilers, but he returned to the lineup on Saturday versus Philadelphia. He had the secondary assist on Brayden Point's third period goal and then iced the game with less than a minute remaining with a goal into an empty net. 

After scoring the OT game-winner on Monday night in Colorado, Kucherov's point streak now sits at a team-high 14 games. 

Game Log
2/10 at CBJ - 2G
2/11 at PIT - 1A
2/15 vs. PHI - 1G, 1A

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