TAMPA, FL – FEBRUARY 27: Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy #88 of the Tampa Bay Lightning makes a save against the Ottawa Senators during the first period at Amalie Arena on February 27, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)
Drouin on Kucherov’s right circle one timers, “He loves that shot. That’s his favorite shot. I’ve seen him practice that a lot.”
Coach Cooper on Kucherov, “When he’s got that shooter’s mentality with the gift he has to put the puck in the back of the net… This is what happens.”
Kucherov on his second career hat trick, “It’s a nice feeling, especially when you realize you have the team win.”
The Lightning pulled within five points of the Maple Leafs for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Tampa Bay is off on Tuesday and will host Carolina on Wednesday at 7:00 PM.