Nikita Kucherov Shines, Bruins Extend Point Streak, Top Highlights from March 9

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistMarch 10, 2019

Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) celebrates his third period goal during an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)
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The two best teams in the Atlantic Division found themselves under the NHL spotlight once again Saturday night.

The Tampa Bay Lightning, who are cruising toward the Presidents' Trophy, experienced a bit of franchise history courtesy of Nikita Kucherov in their victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

Meanwhile, in Boston, the Bruins extended their point streak to 19 games in a thrilling 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators.

Five of Saturday's 12 games were decided by one goal, with four of those results being of the 3-2 variety.

In one of those results, the San Jose Sharks moved into the top spot in the Western Conference and became the first team in the West to reach 90 points.


Saturday's NHL Scores

Colorado 3, Buffalo 0

San Jose 3, St. Louis 2 (Final/OT) 

Toronto 3, Edmonton 2

Boston 3, Ottawa 2

Tampa Bay 3, Detroit 2

Philadelphia 5, New York Islanders 2

New York Rangers 4, New Jersey 2

Columbus 4, Pittsburgh 1

Arizona 4, Los Angeles 2

Carolina 5, Nashville 3

Chicago 2, Dallas 1

Vegas 6, Vancouver 2


Kucherov Records 109th Point

x - Tampa Bay Lightning @TBLightning

You're watching history. 109 points and counting. #Klutcherov 🔥 https://t.co/bmdudjVDjB


Krejci's Game-Winner Extends Boston's Point Streak

Boston Bruins @NHLBruins

👀🖐️ #DK46 | #NHLBruins https://t.co/PLWZQGnLss



Sharks Defeat Blues in OT 

San Jose Sharks @SanJoseSharks

Current status: watching @Str8ToTheBanc's @EASPORTSNHL overtime winner on repeat. https://t.co/snZL43kFNd


Murray's Ridiculous Saves


It's possible @mattmurray_30 could become a criminal after this. 😱 https://t.co/DK0fIsc4Tq


Tavares' Terrific Stick Work 


That move from @91Tavares to start this play... unreal. https://t.co/Yh0Bug6fmd


Stone Scores 1st Vegas Goal 

Sportsnet @Sportsnet

Mark Stone scores his first for the @GoldenKnights! 👏 https://t.co/qqZfRDBBNj


Boeser's Deflection in Front of Net

Sportsnet @Sportsnet

Brock Boeser with the tip in front and the #Canucks are on the board! 🎉 #HockeyNight https://t.co/hOIapp9AnE


Arizona's Short-Handed Success


14th shorty of the year for the @ArizonaCoyotes this season. Being down a man ain't no challenge for them. https://t.co/WNEgaPf9Dn


Rangers Rally from 2 Goals Down 


Down, not out. The @NYRangers complete the @dunkindonuts NHL Comeback! https://t.co/8YH488FjwM


Kucherov Breaks Lightning's Franchise Points Record

With his first-period goal against the Red Wings, Kucherov broke the Lightning's single-season points record, which was previously held by Vincent Lecavalier, per the team's official Twitter account: 

x - Tampa Bay Lightning @TBLightning

Straight to the top! That goal makes Nikita Kucherov the new #Bolts franchise leader for most points in a single season, passing Vinny Lecavalier (108 in 2006-07). ⚡️ #Klutcherov https://t.co/owkUHkAWuA

Kucherov scored his second goal of the game in the third period to move up to 110 points and in the process became the first NHL player to hit 110 points since Henrik Sedin in the 2009-10 season, per NHL Public Relations:

NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL

Nikita Kucherov of the @TBLightning is the first player to record 110+ points in a season since Henrik Sedin in 2009-10 (29-83—112 in 82 GP). #NHLStats #DETvsTBL https://t.co/uSBSCv0Gl4

The 25-year-old Russian is the front-runner for Most Valuable Player, as he leads the points standings by 13 over the Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane.

Kucherov is tied for 12th in the NHL in goals with 33, and he leads the league with 77 assists, which is 13 better than the Winnipeg Jets' Blake Wheeler in second place.

Lightning head coach Jon Cooper heaped praise on Kucherov for breaking Lecavalier's record, per the team's Twitter account:

x - Tampa Bay Lightning @TBLightning

Cooper on Kucherov: “To come in and be able to set records – I mean, he passed an icon in Vinny – it certainly means something... You like to see guys get rewarded for their efforts.” #DETvsTBL

Tampa Bay is up to 108 points with 13 games remaining on the schedule. The Lightning's closest competition in the Presidents' Trophy race is Boston, which is 15 points back of Tampa Bay in the Atlantic Division as well.


Bruins Continue to Roll

Speaking of the Bruins, they are making their own headlines through a 19-game point streak that was extended by David Krejci's game-winning goal against Ottawa.

Krejci's last-minute goal was the second of its kind in two games for the Bruins, who became the fourth team in NHL history to score a game-winning goal in the final minute of regulation in successive games, per NHL PR:

NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL

The @NHLBruins are the fourth team in NHL history to score a winning goal in the final minute of regulation in consecutive games. #NHLStats #OTTvsBOS https://t.co/tdLa4XwCfl

Although the Bruins are enjoying their best form of the season, Krejci admitted after Saturday's win that the team is approaching the season game by game, per the team's Twitter account.

"It's a nice number, but [we're] just taking it game-by-game," Krejci said. "We know what we're playing for, and obviously [it's] a good finish from the team. But we have a game to play tomorrow."

The Bruins, who haven't lost a game in regulation since before the NHL All-Star break in January, have an opportunity to extend their streak to 20 games against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.


Sunday's NHL Schedule

Detroit at Florida (5 p.m. ET) 

Winnipeg at Washington (7 p.m. ET, ESPN+)

Boston at Pittsburgh (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN)

Vegas at Calgary (9:30 p.m. ET) 

Los Angeles at Anaheim (10 p.m. ET, NBCSN) 


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