Nikita Kucherov scored his 16th goal of the season, the first of four first-period goals in just over two minutes, as the Tampa Bay Lightning won their fifth straight game on the road with a convincing 5-2 against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Thursday.
Alex Killorn, Victor Hedman and Steven Stamkos also scored as the Lightning won for the eighth time in 10 games. Vladislav Namestnikov also got on the scoresheet with his third goal in two games. Alex Killorn spoke glowingly after the game about his sides’ performance.
“There’s a ton of confidence in this room. We realize our top guys are doing really well and they help feed our whole team. Power play is going well. Everything seems to be clicking right now”.
Making his first start against his old club, the Kings, after playing in 53 games for them last season, Budaj made a blocker save on Anze Kopitar’s one-timer in the first period that Lightning coach Jon Cooper said changed the game.
“I thought for sure it was in. I think everyone in the building thought it was in”. The score of the game has to be Kucherov’s breakaway effort at 9:27 in the first period.
Budaj’s aforementioned save led to a Kucherov breakaway, where he took a pass from Stamkos and scored on a backhand at 9:27 for his third straight game with a goal. Killorn scored 34 seconds later to make it 2-0 and the lead was 3-0 when Hedman scored on a wrist shot after being left alone during a 4-on-3 rush at 10:35.
Flames win 6-3 against the Red Wings
Jaromir Jagr scored his first goal for the Calgary Flames, and chipped in with another assist, in a 6-3 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday.
Jagr was clearly delighted with his first goal as he spoke to reporters after the game. “Of course, any first goal for any team is special, especially in Canada.
I can see how much the fans appreciate it, hockey, how much they love hockey. Since the first day I’ve signed here they have been so good to me, so I try to play my best”.
The 45 year old is the second-leading point scorer in NHL history with 1,918, behind Wayne Gretzky (2,857). He is the League’s third-leading all-time goal-scorer (766), behind Gretzky (894) and Gordie Howe (801); a stunning achievement.
The strike of the game has to go to Tkachuk, as he scored on a deflection at 12:23 to make it 4-1 and ultimately seal the win.
The Top line does the damage against the Blackhawks!
The Philadelphia Flyers top line attackers were responsible for seven points in a 3-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday.
Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek each registered a goal and two assists, with Sean Couturier also getting on the scoresheet. The front trio was put together during training camp, and after 16 regular-season games they are finally starting to show some chemistry.
“It’s starting to be a little more natural finding each other out there, we’re knowing where we’re going to be and what the other guy is thinking. It’s getting better and better” said Couturier after the match.
All three Philadelphia goals came off smart passing plays that showed how the line is coming together. The Flyers have certainly been the Blackhawks bogey team as this was the Flyers’ 14th straight regular-season win in Philadelphia against the Blackhawks, dating back to the 9th November 1996.
All three Philadelphia goals came off smart passing plays that showed how the line is coming together. There was superb link up play as well as a know-how of where each player would be without looking up.
The goal of the game has to be the opener. Giroux scored on a one-timer from the left side set up by a cross-ice pass by Voracek, just before the fifth minute of the first period to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead, which ultimately set them well on the way to victory.