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, Fla. (AP) —and the Tampa Bay Lightning continued their roll toward the top seed in the NHL playoffs.Kucherov had two goals and an assist to lift Tampa Bay over the Florida Panthers 5-2 on Sunday night. Kucherov’s first-period goal ended an 11-game span without a goal. It was his first since Jan. 12 against Buffalo.“We knew it was a matter of time, but it was a big one for us,” coach Jon Cooper said.Brayden Point, Ryan Callahan and Steven Stamkos also scored for the Lightning. Louis Domingue made 25 saves, and Anton Stralman had two assists. Tampa Bay (41-11-4) has 86 points, best in the NHL by a wide margin.Denis Malgin and Frank Vatrano scored for the Panthers. James Reimer allowed three goals on 12 shots before being replaced by Roberto Luongo to start the third period. Luongo made nine stops.Point made the score 4-2 when his shot from the right circle went over Luongo’s shoulder and into the net at 4:25 of the third for his 32nd goal of the season. Kucherov made the score 5-2 on a power play with 47.2 seconds left. Kucherov is third on the team in scoring with 24 goals.“Kuch is going to be Kuch. He’s going to find a way Curtis McKenzie Jersey Womens
,” Stamkos said. “We weren’t too worried. This will really get him going again, I think.”The Lightning scored twice on a total of three shots in the second period, forcing Reimer from the game to start the third.“We didn’t get the saves we needed in the second period,” Panthers coach Bob Boughner said. “Easy decision.”Stamkos put the Lightning ahead 2-0 at 12:08 of the second. Stralman passed from the right circle to Stamkos in the slot, and his shot beat Reimer.Vatrano closed the gap to 2-1 on his goal about a minute later with a shot from the slot that got past Domingue at 13:11. The goal was Vatrano’s eighth in his past 13 games.“That’s a team you can’t chase,” Vatrano said. “You’ve got to play with a lead and stay with it. We were just trying to chip away at it but at the end of the day it didn’t happen, so we have to regroup and get ready for the next one.”The Lightning stretched their lead to 3-1 on the goal on a breakaway by Callahan with 2:09 left in the second.The Panthers narrowed the margin to 3-2 on Malgin’s goal Nick Holden Jersey Womens
, a wrist shot from the right circle, with 1:10 left in the second.Kucherov gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead when his wrist shot from the left circle went between Reimer’s pads at 4:02 of the first.Notes: Luongo played in his 1,030th game, surpassing Patrick Roy for sole possession of second career among goalies. … Domingue is 10-0-0 in his last 10 appearances, the longest winning personal winning streak ever by a Tampa Bay goalie. John Grahame (2005) and Andrei Vasilevskiey (2017) each won nine straight. … Panthers forward Colton Sceviour is on injured reserve with an upper-body injury. … F Jamie McGinn has been recalled from AHL Springfield. … Lightning forward Ondrej Palat missed the game with an upper-body injury.UP NEXT:Lightning: Visit the Calgary Flames on TuesdayPanthers: Host the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — After fading down the stretch last season, the Calgary Flames are determined not to let it happen again.Mikael Backlund scored 15 seconds into overtime Tuesday night to give the Flames a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Calgary (33-13-5) heads into the All-Star break as the No. 1 team in the Western Conference Paul Stastny Jersey Womens
, six points up on San Jose.“It’s good that we take the time early on to completely shut hockey off and just relax and then the closer we get to coming back, we’ve got to get the minds ready,” Backlund said.“Most guys were here last year and we learned a lesson from last year when we weren’t as good after the break. We know what to do this time and what not to.”Calgary went 12-18-2 after Feb. 1 last season and missed the playoffs.Oliver Kylington and Mark Jankowski also scored Tuesday for the Flames, who finished 9-1-1 in January. David Rittich made 33 saves to improve to 8-0-2 in his last 10 starts.All-Star representative Sebastian Aho tied it for Carolina with 44 seconds left in regulation. Dougie Hamilton also scored for the Hurricanes (23-20-6), who are trying to work their way into the wild-card race in the East.Peter Mrazek stopped 22 shots and denied the Flames on several prime chances.“He enabled us to at least hang in there and get a point out of this game,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said.“The positive is you came in here against one of the best teams and in my opinion, we could have had that game.”It was the first game between the teams since Bill Peters resigned as coach of the Hurricanes after four seasons and was hired by the Flames in April 2018.Carolina led 26-11 in shots on goal after two periods but trailed 2-1.Jankowski scored 4-on-4 at 6:40 of the second. Backlund dished T.J. Brodie’s cross-ice pass to Jankowski lurking at the corner of the Hurricanes net Max Pacioretty Jersey Womens
, where he batted the puck over Mrazek.Hamilton drew the Hurricanes even at 15:48 of the first when he wristed a drop pass from Brock McGinn by Rittich.Kylington darted out of the corner and beat Mrazek’s glove with a backhand at 1:58 of the opening period. The Hurricanes challenged for goaltender interference, but were denied.After scoring 12 power-play goals in 10 games this month, Calgary was blanked on four chances thanks in large part to Mrazek’s acrobatics.The Flames didn’t get a lot of sustained pressure in Carolina’s zone until the third period.“I don’t think we played our best game, but again, we found a way to win and I think that’s a big key,” Backlund said“That was one of our weaknesses last year. We couldn’t find ways to win and this year, it’s the opposite. Good teams Nic Dowd Jersey Womens
, they find ways to win.”The All-Star break and bye week will provide an eight-day breather for the Flames, with the exception of All-Star participants Johnny Gaudreau and Peters.“Going into the break it’s important to go in with a good taste in your mouth,” Peters said. “I like the direction which we are trending and the contributions throughout the lineup.“We played the best when the game was on the line in the third and I thought we had some great looks that made Mrazek make some big saves for them. … We’ll take the two points heading into the break and we’ll come back refreshed and ready to go.”NOTES: Gaudreau was kept off the scoresheet for the first time since Dec. 29. … Hamilton and forward Micheal Ferland also played their first game in Calgary since they were dealt to the Hurricanes for right wing Elias Lindholm and defenseman Noah Hanifin at the 2018 draft. Ferland didn’t finish the game because of an upper-body injury, Brind’Amour said.UP NEXTHurricanes: Finish their three-game road trip Wednesday night at Vancouver.Flames: Off until Feb. 1 against the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals before a rematch with the Hurricanes in North Carolina two days later.