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Kucherov has four points, Lightning score nine in win against Rangers

Five power-play goals help end New York point streak at four

by Corey Long / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Tampa Bay's four-goal 1st period

NYR@TBL: Lightning explode for four goals in the 1st

Luke Schenn opened the scoring, followed by three goals in one minute of game time from Alex Killorn, Nikita Kucherov, and Ondrej Palat

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TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning tied their records for goals and power-play goals in a 9-3 win against the New York Rangers at Amalie Arena on Thursday.

Tampa Bay went 5-for-8 on the power play in its first game since sweeping two games against the Buffalo Sables in the 2019 NHL Global Series in Stockholm on Friday and Saturday.

The Lightning last scored nine goals in a 9-0 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Nov. 8, 2003. They last scored five power-play goals in a 6-1 win against the Sabres on March 19, 1995.

 

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Tampa Bay led 4-0 at 6:42 of the first period after scoring the sixth-fastest four goals to start a game in NHL history.

"We just didn't want to take our foot off the gas," Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said. "Not often do you have a game where you're up like that so quick. I thought for the most part we did a pretty good job of attacking."

Nikita Kucherov had a goal and three assists, Alex Killorn had two goals and an assist, and Victor Hedman had three assists for the Lightning (9-5-2), who have won three straight. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 20 saves.

Video: NYR@TBL: Kucherov picks the corner for PPG

Filip Chytil had two goals, and Artemi Panarin had two assists, extending his point streak to 10 games for the Rangers (8-7-2), who were 3-0-1 in their previous four.

Rangers starter Alexandar Georgiev made 21 saves on 26 shots in 26:42 of ice time. He was pulled after the fourth Lightning goal but returned to start the third period. Henrik Lundqvist made 15 saves on 19 shots for New York in 33:18.

"We just lost to a really good hockey team that was on their A-game, and we were far from our A-game," Rangers coach David Quinn said. "We were overwhelmed from the start all the way to the finish."

Luke Schenn gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead at 2:39 of the first period.

"Luke Schenn's goal started putting the wheels in motion for us," said Tampa Bay defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who had a goal and an assist. "Maybe the first few shifts weren't our best, but a simple play like that that gets to the net and goes in kind of sparked us and told us like, 'Let's start playing the way we know how. Play simple hockey and good things will come from it.'"

Killorn made it 2-0 five seconds into a 5-on-3 power play at 5:41.

Kucherov made it 3-0 with a power-play goal at 6:20, and Ondrej Palat made it 4-0 on a breakaway. It was Tampa Bay's third goal in 1:01. 

"When you score often and early, it kind of helps your psyche," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "I don't think anybody on either team thought it was going to be 4-0 that early in the game."

Chris Kreider cut it to 4-1 at 14:33.

Video: NYR@TBL: Kreider beats Vasilevskiy between the pads

"It's pretty embarrassing," Kreider said. "It's not the first time it's happened, it's just the largest score we've seen when we've played like that."

Stamkos scored on the power play, his 399th NHL goal, on a one-timer from the left circle at 7:07 of the second period to make it 5-1.

Pat Maroon made it 6-1 at 10:19.

Shattenkirk made it 7-1 at 14:17, and Killorn scored again on the power play to make it 8-1 at 19:01.

Chytil scored from the right circle to cut it to 8-2 at 2:22 of the third period.

Yanni Gourde, who had two assists, scored on the power play to make it 9-2 at 12:24 before Chytil scored again at 15:28 for the 9-3 final.

"I think unfortunately our downfall has been [that] our bad has been really bad," Rangers forward Ryan Strome said. "… We got completely dominated. We've got to find a way on nights like this, when we're not going to have our best, we can't lose 9-3."

Video: NYR@TBL: Stamkos cranks one-timer from circle for PPG

 

They said it

"We lost one game. The way the game went was embarrassing and certainly not anything anybody is proud of, but we've got to dust ourselves off and be ready to play Saturday." -- Rangers coach David Quinn

"Obviously we were able to capitalize on a team that didn't react well to it. We were able to see some blood and go for it a little bit." -- Lightning defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk

Video: Clutch Performance: Lightning net 5 on power plays

 

Need to know

It was Kucherov's second game with four or more points this season. He had four (two goals, two assists) in a 7-3 win at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 10. … Panarin has 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) during his point streak. … Schenn's last goal was March 31, 2018, for the Arizona Coyotes, 33 games ago. … Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba left the game in the second period with an upper-body injury. … New York forward Micheal Haley had two misconduct penalties. … Rangers forward Kaapo Kakko (flu) was a late scratch.

 

What's next

Rangers: At the Florida Panthers on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; FS-F, MSG 2, NHL.TV)

Lightning: Host the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday (4 p.m. ET; SUN, TSN3, NHL.TV)

Video: Kucherov, Stamkos propel Lightning past Rangers, 9-3

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