Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov helped the Tampa Bay Lightning to a happy homecoming.
Stamkos scored a goal and Kucherov had two assists as each extended their point streaks to eight games for the Lightning in a 4-2 win against the Vegas Golden Knights at Amalie Arena. It was Tampa Bay's first home game since Jan. 14.
The Lightning (33-15-5) are five points behind the Boston Bruins for first in the Atlantic Division and have won seven in a row on home ice, the second-longest active home winning streak behind the Vancouver Canucks (9-0-0 since Dec. 19). The St. Louis Blues extended their home point streak to 11 games (10-0-1) with a 6-3 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes at Enterprise Center on Tuesday.
Kucherov has 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) during his streak, and Stamkos has 13 points (seven goals, six assists).
Since Jan. 1, Kucherov leads the NHL with 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) in 15 games. Stamkos (10 goals, 11 assists in 15 games) and Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl (six goals, 15 assists in 11 games) are tied for second with 21 points.
Burakovsky has career night for Avalanche
Andre Burakovsky had an NHL career-high four points (one goal, three assists) to help the Colorado Avalanche to a 6-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Tuesday.
Burakovsky now has a personal NHL-best 39 points (17 goals, 22 assists) this season, one more than the 38 points (17 goals, 21 assists) he had wit the Washington Capitals in 2015-16. The Avalanche acquired Burakovsky in a trade with the Capitals on June 28, 2019, for forward prospect Scott Kosmachuk and two draft picks.
The forward has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his past four games, all of which have been multipoint games. Two players have had longer multipoint streaks: Draisaitl (five games, Jan. 14-Feb. 1) and Kucherov (five games, Jan. 16-31).
The Avalanche (29-16-6) scored at least six goals in a game for the ninth time, tied with the Lightning for the NHL lead. They've won four of five (4-1-0), lead the Nashville Predators by seven points for third place in the Central Division and are one point of the second-place Dallas Stars (30-18-5). They play five more games before facing the Los Angeles Kings in the 2020 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series on Feb. 15 (8 p.m. ET; NBC, SN360, TVAS2, NHL.TV).
Ovechkin moves closer to 700 goals for Capitals
Alex Ovechkin had his third hat trick in six games when he scored three consecutive goals in a span of 4:24 of the third period for the Capitals in a 4-2 win against the Kings at Capital One Arena.
The forward is two goals from becoming the eighth member of the 700-goal club. He leads the NHL this season with 40 goals, his 11th with at least that many. He passed Mario Lemieux and Marcel Dionne (10 each) and trails Wayne Gretzky for most in NHL history.
It was Ovechkin's first natural hat trick, and his 27th regular-season hat trick, moving him past Maurice Richard (26) for eighth most in NHL history.
Thornton gets 1,500th NHL point in Sharks win
Joe Thornton had two assists to become the 14th player in NHL history with 1,500 regular-season points (415 goals, 1,085 assists) and lead the San Jose Sharks to a 3-1 victory against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome.
The center, chosen by the Bruins with the No. 1 pick in the 1997 NHL Draft, is the second top pick to reach the milestone. Lemieux, selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins at No. 1 in the 1984 NHL Draft, had 1,723 points (690 goals, 1,723 assists) in 915 games, all with the Penguins.
Thornton has 1,046 points (246 goals, 800 assists) in 1,088 games with the Sharks since he was acquired in a trade with the Bruins for Brad Stuart, Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau on Nov. 30, 2005.