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It was another big night for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a season full of big nights.

The Lightning defeated the Florida Panthers, 8-5 on Monday. scoring eight times in a game for the first time since an 8-3 win against the Winnipeg Jets on Feb. 1, 2013. The Lightning (10-2-1) required the fewest games to reach the 10-win mark in franchise history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Forwards Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov, who each had an 11-game point-scoring streak end Saturday in a 4-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks, got back on the scoresheet against the Panthers. Stamkos had two goals and an assist and leads the League with 24 points (six goals, 18 assists). Kucherov scored his League-leading 13th goal and had one assist.

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 18 saves to extend his personal winning streak to nine games and become the first Lightning goalie to earn wins in nine consecutive appearances, breaking the mark set by Nikolai Khabibulin from Feb. 23 to March 6, 2004 (8-0-0). Vasilevskiy is 10-1-0 this season with a 2.46 goals-against average, 927 save percentage and one shutout. The 10 victories match the single-season NHL record for wins in the month of October, according to Elias.

 

Coyotes claw into win column

The Arizona Coyotes gave up three goals in the third period, but Alex Goligoski scored in overtime to give them their first win of the season, defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 in a thriller.

 

Ekman-Larsson's new normal

Speaking of the Coyotes, defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson is adjusting to life under coach Rick Tocchet and living without his mom.

 

Marleau's tearful return

San Jose Sharks fans cheered loud and long for Patrick Marleau in his first game back in San Jose since signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs in July.

 

Who's next?

The Vegas Golden Knights went to their fourth goalie in 10 games after Oscar Dansk exited their 6-3 loss against the New York Islanders with a lower-body injury, but a trade for another is unlikely.

 

Happy Halloween

NHL players went all out for their Halloween costumes yet again. See this year's coolest and most terrifying outfits.

 

 

 

 

 

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