Kucherov, Lightning win 4-3 in OT as Kraken lose 7th straight

Dec 9, 2023, 11:06 PM | Updated: 11:07 pm

Seattle Kraken Matty Beniers...

Matty Beniers of the Seattle Kraken in action against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Dec. 9, 2023. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

(AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

ATTLE (AP) — Nikita Kucherov scored his second goal of the game 3:12 into overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-3 win against the reeling Seattle Kraken on Saturday night.

Tampa Bay Lightning 4, Seattle Kraken 3: Box score

Anthony Cirelli had a goal and an assist, and Nicholas Paul also scored for the Lightning, who have won three of four since a four-game skid. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 26 saves.

Oliver Bjorkstrand, Jamie Oleksiak and Jared McCann scored for Seattle, which lost its seventh straight. Jordan Eberle had two assists. Philipp Grubauer stopped 12 of 14 shots he faced before leaving after two periods due to a lower body injury, and Joey Daccord had five saves the rest of the way.

In overtime, Kucherov got a backhanded pass from Brandon Hagel and fired it past Daccord for his NHL-leading 19th of the season. He also had an assist to increase his scoring total to 47 points.

The Kraken’s losing streak is tied for the second-longest in the franchise’s three-year history, trailing only a nine-game skid December 2021 to January 2022.

Cirelli opened the scoring 9:28 into the first period, redirecting a shot from Nick Perbix for his seventh. Cirelli has four goals in his past four games after scoring three in his first 24.

Kucherov doubled Tampa Bay’s lead with 44 seconds left in the opening period, tapping in a pass from Brayden Point.

Bjorkstrand put Seattle on the board midway through the second with his eighth. Oleksiak tied it just 2:31 later with his second of the season.

McCann scored his 13th on a slap shot 14 seconds into the third, giving Seattle a 3-2 lead. It was the Kraken’s first lead since a 7-1 win over San Jose on Nov. 22.

Paul tied it at 3-3 when he buried a pass from Cirelli at the 7:09 mark. It was his ninth of the season.

The Kraken had a goal negated early in the second by a successful offsides challenge from the Lightning.

Seattle had to shuffle its lineup yet again after losing left wing Andre Burakovsky to another injury on Thursday night. Burakovsky made his return against New Jersey after missing six weeks, but lasted only two periods before suffering an upper-body injury that has him listed as week to week.

Kraken defenseman Justin Schultz exited the game with an upper-body injury.

Tampa Bay was missing center Steven Stamkos, who was out with an illness.


Tampa Bay Lightning: At Vancouver on Tuesday night.

Seattle Kraken: Host Minnesota on Sunday night.

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