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Kucherov scores again; Olczyk returning to booth

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Nikita Kucherov was in the spotlight Monday and didn't disappoint.

Playing in the lone game on the NHL schedule, the Tampa Bay Lightning forward extended his season-opening goal streak to six games with two scores in a 3-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena.

Kucherov, who tied for second in the League last season with 40 goals, has seven this season, second behind Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin.

Kucherov joins Steve Yzerman (1988-89 Red Wings), Mario Lemieux (1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins) and Keith Tkachuk (2008-09 St. Louis Blues) as the only players in the past 30 years to score a goal in at least six consecutive team games to begin a season.

He has little time to savor his accomplishment; the Lightning visit the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV). columnist Nick Cotsonika has the story on Kucherov's night

Video: TBL@DET: Kucherov roofs laser from the circle for PPG


Welcome back, Eddie O

Eddie Olczyk, the former NHL player and current Chicago Blackhawks broadcaster who is battling colon cancer,makes his return to the booth Wednesday and will do games as his health allows. 


Guess who's back

Ottawa Senators fans can rejoice because their captain is back. Defenseman Erik Karlsson will play Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks. It will be his first game since having surgery to repair torn tendons in his left foot June 14. 


Paying the penalty

Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader put a wickedly quick deke on Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, beating him five-hole on a penalty shot. It was the first penalty shot scored by a Red Wings player in nearly 10 years. The last was Valtteri Filppula, who did it in a 5-2 win against the Florida Panthers on Dec. 15, 2007.

Video: TBL@DET: Abdelkader goes five-hole on penalty shot


Devilish photobomb

New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall wasn't supposed to be in a picture of actors and brothers Liev and Pablo Schreiber, but here we are.


Kessel's cancer commercial

Penguins forward Phil Kessel, a cancer survivor, appears in an important new ad promoting preventive care. 

Tweet from @PKessel81: My battle with cancer has made teaming up with @Cigna even more meaningful to me. Don���t forget your annual check-up. #Hockeyfightscancer


Goin' to the chapel

Lord Stanley's Cup presided over the engagement of a happy couple in Las Vegas on Friday. And you thought you loved hockey! 


Slow jams

Hockey gets even more amazing in super slow motion. Check out the best Week 1 had to offer, slowed down to a speed that lets you savor its beauty. 

Video: Super Slo-mo: Ovi, Marleau, McDavid and Radulov

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