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Player of the Week: Nikita Kucherov

Kucherov led the Bolts in scoring between February 24 and March 1

by Jacob Lynn @TBLightning /

With two goals and three assists last week, Nikita Kucherov extended his personal point streak to seven games. 

Kucherov scored the game-opening goal in Tuesday's loss to the Maple Leafs at home. Benefiting from a beautiful deke and feed from Steven Stamkos, Kucherov wired home a one-timer from the right circle midway through the first period. 

Two night later, Kucherov had a goal and an assist in a 5-2 loss to Chicago. He picked up the secondary assist on Brayden Point's second period tally and then scored on another on-timer from the circle early in the third period. 

Video: CHI@TBL: Kucherov buries Point's cross-ice set-up

In Tampa Bay's lone win last week on Saturday against Calgary, Kucherov added a pair of helpers. His best highlight came midway through the second period when he sent a cross-ice feed to Ondrej Palat who scored on the power play to put the Bolts up 2-0. 

Kucherov leads the Lightning in goals (31), assists (49) and points (80). Those 80 points are also good for 7th in the NHL. 

Game Log
2/25 vs. TOR - 1G
2/27 vs. CHI - 1G, 1A
2/29 vs. CGY - 2A

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