Lightning top Wings for 15th straight meeting

Nikita Kucherov, the NHL’s leading point-scorer, had two goals and two assists, and the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied from a three-goal deficit to defeat the host Detroit Red Wings for the 15th consecutive time, 5-4, on Thursday.Kucherov has 115 points on the season.Tampa Bay won its third straight while Detroit lost for the 12th time in 13 games (1-9-3).Steven Stamkos tied Vincent Lecavalier’s franchise record of 383 goals during the second period, and he also had an assist. Brayden Point supplied a goal and two assists, and Tyler Johnson also scored for Tampa Bay. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 23 saves.Darren Helm scored his 100th career goal during a short-handed situation for Detroit. Justin Abdelkader tallied his first goal in 41 games. Madison Bowey and Michael Rasmussen also scored, and Jimmy Howard stopped 34 shots.The Lightning had a 12-6 advantage in shots on goal in the first period but left the ice trailing 2-0.Bowey, acquired from Washington just before the trade deadline, scored his first goal with Detroit at the 2:20 mark.The Wings committed the only penalty of the period for having too many men on the ice but they wound up scoring while killing it off. Helm made a steal in his own zone during Tampa Bay’s power play, skated in along the left side and beat Vasilevskiy in the five hole to make it 2-0.Abdelkader broke his personal scoring drought at 3:43 of the second period for a 3-0 lead.

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