<![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.[protected-iframe id=”90b6df1b7e1940a14a3d3e36ace2b720-114320562-46289989″ info=”https://www.nhl.com/video/embed/oreillys-sizzling-ppg/t-283377946/c-49996303?autostart=false” width=”540″ height=”360″]
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.””[protected-iframe id=”c4aef60fa73fc891e4c3c8a9161876b8-114320562-46289989″ info=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” class=”twitter-tweet”]
Tampa Bay will host the Rangers on Monday at 7:30.