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Kucherov scores first goal of playoffs

Lightning forward connects in first period against Red Wings

by NHL.com @nhl / NHL.com

Kucherov puts the Bolts on top

DET@TBL, Gm1: Johnson sets up Kucherov's one-timer

R1, Gm1: Tyler Johnson slides a pass to Nikita Kuvherov, who rips a one-timer top-shelf past Jimmy Howard for the first goal of the playoffs

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Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov scored 6:23 into the first period against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday, the first goal of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Lightning and Red Wings are playing Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Amalie Arena in Tampa.

Kucherov took a pass from Tyler Johnson and shot from the right faceoff dot high past goalie Jimmy Howard.

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