Sports Kucherov snaps 11-game goal drought as Lightning beat Canucks

06:07  09 february  2018
06:07  09 february  2018 Source:   Sportsnet

Yanni Gourde, Lightning down Canucks 4-2

  Yanni Gourde, Lightning down Canucks 4-2 VANCOUVER - Yanni Gourde's second-period goal stood as the winner as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Canucks 4-2 on Saturday night in Vancouver. Chris Kunitz, Victor Hedman and Cory Conacher also scored for Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay (36-13-3), which has won five of its last six games, including a 7-4 decision against Calgary on Thursday. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 31 saves. Thomas Vanek and Brock Boeser scored for the Canucks (21-25-6), who were looking for their third straight win at home for the first time this season. Jacob Markstrom stopped 24 shots.Tampa had 1-0 lead before the game was two minutes in.

The Bolts are up by a couple goals , Kucherov appears to be snapping out of his cold-streak, and Vasy has been solid when called upon. The Canucks may have the shot attempt (14-18) and scoring chance (5-10) lead so far in this game , but the Lightning are leading in shots (12-10).

Kucherov snapped a six- game goal drought with his 26th score of the season. He also added his 31st assist. Nov. 22, 2015. Kucherov was red-hot as the Lightning beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-0 on Saturday night. Kucherov ended a six- game goal drought and you have to figure the talented

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TAMPA, Fla. — Nikita Kucherov stopped an 11-game goal drought, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves for his NHL-best 32nd victory, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 on Thursday night.

Yanni Gourde, Adam Erne, Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman also scored for the Lightning, who returned home after a 5-3 trip.

Vancouver’s Brock Boeser scored his 26th goal and Anders Nilsson stopped 31 shots.

Kucherov opened the scoring on his 28th goal by converting a rebound 14:36 into the first period.

After Gourde got his 20th goal during a power play at 1:38 of the second, Erne made it 3-0 with 6:20 left in the second in his first NHL game this season.

Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon leaves game vs. Canucks with injury

  Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon leaves game vs. Canucks with injury Colorado Avalanche centre Nathan MacKinnon left Tuesday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks with an upper-body injury and did not return. MacKinnon was hurt after taking a hit in the corner from Canucks defenceman Alexander Edler with about six minutes left in the second period. The 22-year-old, whose helmet popped off as a result of the collision, skated slowly to the Colorado bench and appeared to be favouring his left shoulder. MacKinnon was briefly attended to by a trainer before heading to the locker-room. "I really don’t know a timeline. It’s upper-body," said Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar.

Nikita Kucherov scored at 3:50 of overtime as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Saturday. Bo Horvat named first star after scoring goal and adding assist. "These last couple of games it hasn't been perfect," said Lightning head coach Jon Cooper. "But we played pretty well

TAMPA — Lightning RW Nikita Kucherov snapped a six- game goalless streak 27 seconds into the second period against the Sharks on Saturday on his first shot of the game . RELATED: Kucherov , Johnson end goal droughts in Lightning win over Sharks.

The Lightning recalled Erne from Syracuse of the AHL before the game.

Stamkos completed Tampa Bay’s three-goal second when he picked his up 20th goal late in the period.

Boeser, the MVP at last month’s NHL All-Star game in Tampa, had a power-play goal early in the third.

Sven Baertschi cut the deficit to 4-2 midway through the period.

Hedman had a late power-play goal.

NOTES: Canucks C Sam Gagner, with a sprained ankle, and C Brenden Gaunce, seen in a walking boot, both sat out. … Tampa Bay D Dan Girardi returned after missing three games due to a lower-body injury. … The Lightning have out scored their opponents 73-45 in the second period. … Gourde has a three-game goal streak. … Vancouver C Markus Granlund left with an ankle injury. … Nilsson is 0-3 against Tampa Bay.

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Points to ponder on a night where the dynamic Lightning looked like they had all the answers, the Canucks looked like they might go quietly into the night and Brock Boeser reminded us all that he looked like a Calder Trophy winner by scoring a big goal against a big club to keep his club […]Points to ponder on a night where the dynamic Lightning looked like they had all the answers, the Canucks looked like they might go quietly into the night and Brock Boeser reminded us all that he looked like a Calder Trophy winner by scoring a big goal against a big club to keep his club in it before falling 4-2 Saturday at Rogers Arena:

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