2019-02-14 by W.M.
Nikita Kucherov, Sergei Bobrovsky and Top Highlights From Feb. 12 | Bleacher Report
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Nikita Kucherov’s week couldn’t be going any better.
Two days after producing two goals and an assist for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Kucherov scored once and assisted on three other tallies in his team’s Tuesday victory over the Calgary Flames.
Tampa Bay’s victory moved its point total to 88, which is 13 more than the Winnipeg Jets have earned as the best team in the Western Conference.
In one of Tuesday’s other marquee games, Sergei Bobrovsky earned a shutout in net for the Columbus Blue Jackets in their 3-0 win over the Washington Capitals.
Some of the other highlights from Tuesday’s 12-game slate included St. Louis’ eight-goal outburst, Buffalo’s home win over the New York Islanders and Arizona’s road win over Vegas.
Tuesday’s NHL Scores
Boston 6, Chicago 3
Buffalo 3, New York Islanders 1
Dallas 3, Florida 0
Columbus 3, Washington 0
Carolina 4, Ottawa 1
Tampa Bay 6, Calgary 3
St. Louis 8, New Jersey 3
Detroit 3, Nashville 2
Philadelphia 5. Minnesota 4
Winnipeg 4, New York Rangers 3
Toronto 5, Colorado 2
Arizona 5, Vegas 2
Kucherov Scores Through Traffic
Kucherov uses the traffic to his advantage 🚙
Lightning Fast Passing Leads To Tampa Bay Goal
Starts from the point, ends with @BraydenPoint19.
Brilliant passing, boys. https://t.co/Gtnr7rapxC
Bobrovsky Stops Washington From Scoring
Kane Keeps Point Streak Alive
Beautiful Team Goal Finishes St. Louis’ Impressive Night
Nylander’s No-Look Assist
Ferland Delivers Feed From the Ice
Micheal Ferland with the feed from his backside
Foligno Finishes Fast Columbus Move
Seguin Scores Off Redirection
Tyler Seguin makes no mistake on the redirection 👌
Kucherov Helps Lightning Power Past Flames
The Lightning’s tear toward the President’s Trophy continued Tuesday with their win over Calgary in which they got out to a 3-1 lead by the first intermission.
Kucherov played a key role in the fast start, as he provided an assist on Brayden Point’s opening tally and then scored his 25th goal of the season to open up a three-goal advantage.
Even though Kucherov’s individual play has stood out over the last two games, he ranked the wins in the as the most important accomplishments, per the team’s official Twitter account:
Tampa Bay Lightning @TBLightning
Kucherov when asked about his seven points in his last two games: “Good to see we got two games with Ws. That’s better.” #CGYvsTBL
Kucherov’s teammates were more than complimentary of the 25-year-old’s performance, as Point praised the Russian’s playmaking ability, per the Lightning’s Twitter account:
Tampa Bay Lightning @TBLightning
Point on Kucherov’s four-point night: “The amount of plays he makes, the amount of chances he creates, he’s bound to get points.” #CGYvsTBL
With his three assists Tuesday, Kucherov eclipsed his previous career high for assists in a single season, as he now sits at 63.
Kucherov is expected to blow past his career high point total of 100 from a year ago, as he has 88 points through 57 games for the league’s best team.
Columbus Stays 3rd In Metropolitan With Shutout
Bobrovsky’s shutout allowed the Blue Jackets to remain in third place in the Metropolitan Division for another day.
The victory kept the Columbus two points ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who hold a one-point lead in the race for the final wild-card position.
Bobrovsky came up big when he had to, as he made 20 saves, but the Columbus goalie was more impressed with the play of the skaters in front of him, per the team’s official Twitter account:
Columbus Blue Jackets @BlueJacketsNHL
“In all components the guys did an unbelievable job.” – @SergeiBobrovsky https://t.co/CZMEjAhrEJ
“The guys played unbelievable in front of me,” Bobrovsky said. “They didn’t allow them anything.”
Columbus is currently in possession of the Eastern Conference’s longest winning streak at four games, and it has an opportunity to extend that run to five games at home on Thursday against the New York Islanders.
Every point is crucial now for the Blue Jackets because one slip up could drop them into the wild-card positions, where four teams are separated by six points for the final playoff position.
Wednesday’s NHL Schedule
Edmonton at Pittsburgh (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN)
Vancouver at Anaheim (10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+)
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Statistics obtained from NHL.com.