Nikita Kucherov and the Tampa Bay Lightning are in a serious groove after the rough streak of getting the lead and blowing games as seem to come to an end and the Bolts we knew from last year has come forth.
“We’re having fun,” Kucherov said. “We’re a tight group and we need to stay loose.”
What can you say the Lightning are on fire and in a matter of nine games went from out of playoff contention to potentially right now a two seed in the Eastern Conference.
“I think the guys are kind of feeling it right now,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper stated. “When you get on these rolls, everyone is feeling good about themselves.”
Kucherov has four goals and nine points during a six-game point streak. He has nine goals and 11 points in 10 games against Arizona.
Vasilevskiy, who is 11-1-1 over his last 13 starts, made a right pad save against Hall on a breakaway midway through the first. It was his 19th career shutout and first since Feb. 16, ending a 48-game drought.
“It’s been a while,” Vasilevskiy said. “I thought we played very well, all 60 minutes. We had some games in the past when I could’ve had shutouts but we gave up a late goal. Tonight I thought we played perfectly and the whole team deserves this.”
Whatever they’re putting in the water cooler right now, make sure you order enough for the rest of the season and playoffs because this is what we need right now in Tampa Bay especially since the Buccaneers are done and the Rays seasons not quite here yet.
Can the Lightning make it ten straight games in a row as they take on the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday 7:00 pm then New Jersey Devils on Monday/Tuesday Night.