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Tampa Bay Lightning proper wing Nikita Kucherov scores a objective towards Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick.(Photo: Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn every had a objective and an help throughout Tampa Bay’s four-goal first interval, and the NHL-leading Lightning beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-2 Thursday evening in an early badembly of division leaders.

Victor Hedman additionally scored whereas Tampa Bay’s stars led a incredible four-goal outburst in simply 2:02 to bury Jonathan Quick and the Pacific Division-leading Kings, who misplaced at house in regulation for the primary time this season.

Vladislav Namestnikov added a third-period objective and Peter Budaj made 22 saves towards his former Los Angeles teammates for the Lightning, who improved the NHL’s greatest document to 13-2-2 with their third straight victory general.

Oscar Fantenberg scored his first profession objective and Quick stopped 38 pictures for the Kings (11-Three-2), who had gained 9 of 12 earlier than falling into an enormous early gap towards the NHL’s prime workforce this season.

Kucherov began the Lightning’s avalanche of objectives throughout Four-on-Four play halfway by the primary interval, slipping out on a breakaway to just accept a move from Stamkos. The Russian ahead leads the NHL with 16 objectives in 17 video games, and he has eight factors within the final three video games.

Stamkos stored the general NHL scoring lead with 30 factors, however Kucherov is correct behind with 29.

Tyler Toffoli scored within the second interval for Los Angeles, and Brooks Laich obtained his first level for the Kings with an help on Fantenberg’s objective halfway by the third.

Budaj was sharp towards the franchise with which he revitalized his NHL profession final season. Thrust into an on a regular basis function by Quick’s early-season harm, Budaj gained 27 video games with a 2.12 goals-against common earlier than getting traded to Tampa Bay in February for Ben Bishop when Quick returned.

Killorn scored 34 seconds after Kucherov’s opening objective with a tip in entrance, and Hedman linked 34 seconds after that. Stamkos capped the onslaught 54 seconds later together with his eighth objective of the season on a setup from Killorn and Kucherov, who secured his 11th multipoint sport already this season.

Toffoli scored a 1-on-Four objective throughout an influence play late within the second interval, and captain Anze Kopitar appeared to attain moments later, however his objective was worn out for goalie interference on video evaluation.



The Lightning improved to 6-1-1 on the highway. … Kopitar obtained an help on Toffoli’s objective for his 20th level of the season. He scored his 20th level final season on Jan. 9. … Tampa Bay ahead Ryan Callahan missed his first sport of the season with a lower-body harm. … Los Angeles scratched Adrian Kempe as a consequence of sickness. The Swedish ahead has seven objectives in his final 10 video games. He missed solely his third sport for the Kings since his NHL debut final Feb. 16.


Lightning: At the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.

Kings: Host the San Jose Sharks on Sunday.

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