<![CDATA[ Brayden Point scored in the shootout and Nikita Kucherov went schoolyard and beat Robin Lehner to win the game 2-1 for the Tampa Bay Lightning over the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center last night.
Buffalo’s Ryan O’Reilly finally broke the ice at 19:48 by scoring his 15th goal of the season, assisted by Rasmus Ristolainen (35) and Jack Eichel (26). O’Reilly ripped a shot from the right circle for the power play goal that eluded Andrei Vasilevskiy.
Shots after 20 minutes were 15-8 in favor of the Sabres.
Tha assist was Kucherov’s sixth straight game with a point. Hedman also extended his point streak to five games.
Hedman set a new career high for assists (43) in a season and matched his career high for scoring (55) with 18 games to go.
Shots after two periods were 24-18 in favor of Buffalo.
The third period went scoreless and the game headed to overtime with the Bolts having to kill 1:16 of a penalty.
The overtime went scoreless and the game headed to a shootout.
Shots for the game ended up at 32 for each team.
The Lightning (30-26-8) are three points behind the New York Islanders for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference
Tyler Johnson on the Kucherov shootout goal, “That’s ballsy. That’s a goal that’s going to be on YouTube forever.” Kucherov said he practices that shot all the time.
Lehner on Kucherov shootout goal: “He did it on purpose. What can I say? Bad by me, pretty sick by him.”
Coach Cooper on Nikita Kucherov’s shootout move: “He brought the schoolyard to the big stage. Special players can do special things. But I’ll tell you what, you better score on that. And he did.””
Tampa Bay will host the Rangers on Monday at 7:30.