Kucherov, red-hot Lightning beat Kings 6-2 for 7th straight
By DAN GREENSPAN
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nikita Kucherov had a goal and three assists as the Tampa Bay Lightning kept steamrolling along, beating the Los Angeles Kings 6-2 on Thursday night for their seventh straight victory.
The NHL-leading Lightning have earned at least one point in 16 consecutive games - the longest streak in the league this season. They are 15-0-1 during the run.
Steven Stamkos added a goal and two assists, and Brayden Point had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 28 saves for his sixth consecutive win.
Austin Wagner and Drew Doughty scored for the Kings, who have lost three of four. Jonathan Quick stopped 27 shots.
The Lightning jumped out in front 3-0 in the first period, with Kucherov getting his 400th NHL point by scoring during a 5-on-3 power play at 6:28.
Kucherov has eight goals and 19 assists during a 12-game point streak. He has scored in five straight games and has seven consecutive multipoint games.
Point made it 2-0 at 7:53 during the same two-man advantage, and Ryan Callahan scored on a breakaway at 14:05.
Ryan McDonagh pushed it to 4-0 just 25 seconds into the second period before Wagner scored at 7:55 for the Kings. Stamkos scored a power-play goal at 17:05.
Mathieu Joseph extended the lead to 6-1 at 10:04 of the third period as the Lightning scored at least six goals for the fourth time in five games.
Doughty scored on the power play at 17:36.
NOTES: Kings forward Dustin Brown played in his 1,077th career game, tying Luc Robitaille for second-most in Kings history. ... Point has three goals and 10 assists during an eight-game point streak. ... Lightning D Victor Hedman had an assist for the fifth straight game.
Lightning: Conclude their three-game California road trip at San Jose on Saturday.
Kings: Host the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.
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