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Lightning score 3 goals 3:23 apart in 2nd, beat Kraken 6-2

Dec 13, 2022, 7:37 PM
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Brayden Point celebrates a goal in the second the Lightning's win over the Kraken on Dec. 13, 2022. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Corey Perry, Brayden Point and Ross Colton scored 3:23 apart in the second period, Nikita Kucherov had three assists and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Seattle Kraken 6-2 on Tuesday night.

Lightning 6, Kraken 2: Box score

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves, and Ian Cole, Erik Cernak and Steven Stamkos had the other Lightning goals. Tampa Bay has won all three games against the second-year Kraken, outscoring them 13-3.

The surging Lightning have won 11 of 14 overall.

Stamkos extended his point streak to 14 games (nine goals, 12 assists) with his third-period goal. He is three away from becoming the 47th NHL player to reach 500 goals.

Kucherov has 401 assists in 590 games. Among active players, only Connor McDavid (426), Sidney Crosby (448), Evgeni Malkin (527), Artemi Panarin (529) and Nicklas Backstrom (542) reached 400 assists faster. Martin St. Louis had been the quickest in Lightning history, doing it in 708 games.

Jared McCann and Ryan Donato scored for the Kraken, who dropped to 9-3-1 on the road. Two of those losses have come in the last three games.

Seattle’s Philipp Grubauer allowed four goals on 20 shots before being pulled in the second.

After Perry got his 410th goal on the power play at 12:13, Point ended Grubauer’s night when he skated in from the neutral zone, eluded a couple of defenders and put home a backhand at 13:28.

Point has a four-game goal streak, and has nine goals in his last nine games.

Colton capped the outburst with a deflection that got past Martin Jones with 4:24 remaining in the second.

Cole opened the scoring 91 seconds into the game before Cernak made it 2-0 on his first goal in 66 games at 7:24 of the first.

Kucherov got his second assist and 400th overall on a nifty backhand pass from along the boards at the defensive blue line to Point, who set up Cernak.

Jordan Eberle blocked Cole’s shot and then assisted on McCann’s 2-on-1 goal with 1:21 left in the first.

Donato scored with five seconds to play.

FAMILY REUNION

Seattle D Cale Fleury and Lightning D Haydn Fleury both played. It was the third time the brothers faced each other in an NHL game. They also played in the same game for the Kraken twice last season.

SCRATCHES

Kraken: D Jamie Oleksiak served the second game of a three-game suspension for an illegal check to the head on Friday. … D Justin Schultz, hit into the boards from behind Sunday by Florida’s Ryan Lomberg, didn’t play.

Lightning: D Mikhail Sergachev left late in the third after blocking a shot.

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