Stamkos, Kucherov, Vasilevskiy lift Lightning over Pens

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov scored, Andre Vasilevskiy made 29 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 Thursday night.

Vasilevskiy improved to 15-0-2 in his past 17 starts to set a franchise record for consecutive games without a regulation loss.

''Some of those saves he makes are ridiculous,'' said defenseman Victor Hedman, who finished with three assists. ''Sometimes you don't expect to see those out of him but at the same time you are not surprised. He's never out of a play, and so quick. He's just unbelievable.''

Tampa Bay won its eighth consecutive game at home.

Mikhail Sergachev and Anthony Cirelli also scored for Tampa Bay, which has won 18 of its past 21 games. Stamkos and Kucherov each got their 25th goals of the season, with Kucherov scoring an empty-netter.

Evgeni Malkin and John Marino scored for Pittsburgh. Matt Murray finished with 25 saves.

The Penguins had 1:34 of a 5-on-3 power play in the third period but failed to find the tying goal.

''I think they're important times in games,'' Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby said. ''I think we've got to make time that when we get an opportunity like that and time like that we need to settle down and make some plays.''

Sergachev put Tampa Bay up 1-0 with a wrist shot from the right circle that deflected off the stick of Pittsburgh's Sam Lafferty and bounced down and through Murray's legs at 9:04 of the first period.

Stamkos made it 2-0 at 12:55 after Kucherov's backcheck sprung a 2-on-1 chance the other way with Point and Stamkos playing give-and-go before Stamkos lifted a shot over Murray. Both Stamkos and Kucherov extended their respective points streaks to nine games.

Malkin cut the deficit in half at 9:25 of the second period after Patric Hornqvist's centering feed hit him in the knee and bounced in.

Cirelli answered 32 seconds later with a hard wrist shot from the left circle that beat Murray to the near post.

''Turning point in that period was Cirelli scores right after they score, less than a minute,'' Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. ''So now there is a little margin for error.''

Marino cut the lead to 3-2 during 4-on-4 play with a quick wrist shot from the right circle after taking a feed from Malkin behind the net.

''I think we battled hard and recovered from the first period where it kind of felt like they had us on our heels,'' Murray said. ''But other than that we battled hard and it's just unfortunate we came up short.''

NOTES: Tampa Bay D Jan Rutta is expected to miss several weeks with an undisclosed lower-body injury suffered on Tuesday against Vegas. ... Tampa Bay D Ryan McDonagh left the game with a lower-body injury in the second period and did not return. ... Lightning D Braydon Coburn returned to the lineup for the first time since Jan. 14. ... Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said injured F Dominik Kahun, who missed his fourth consecutive game with a concussion, skated on his own back in Pittsburgh and is ''making progress.'' F Nick Bjugstad (lower body) and D Brian Dumoulin (lower body) continue to do work off the ice. ... Kucherov appeared in his 500th career game.

UP NEXT

Lightning: Host New York Islanders on Saturday.

Penguins: At Florida Panthers on Saturday.

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123T
PIT33-15-5
0112
TB34-15-5
2114
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
A. Angello RW00-110/0004:481
Z. Aston-Reese LW00020/0214:582
T. Blueger C000210/12016:232
S. Crosby C00-3120/12023:010
A. Galchenyuk LW00-100/0005:100
P. Hornqvist RW01020/0418:333
J. Johnson D00020/0014:493
S. Lafferty RW00-101/5005:011
K. Letang D01-190/0027:161
E. Malkin C11036/6022:030
J. Marino D10110/0019:070
J. McCann LW00-211/1214:222
M. Pettersson D00110/0022:342
C. Ruhwedel D00-220/0012:330
B. Rust RW00110/0021:052
J. Schultz D00-330/0017:231
D. Simon LW00-100/0015:011
B. Tanev RW00000/0016:074
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
E. Cernak D00-220/0023:183
A. Cirelli C10246/9017:313
B. Coburn D00020/0015:573
Y. Gourde RW00-130/1012:192
V. Hedman D03430/0027:560
T. Johnson RW01208/6016:010
A. Killorn LW00020/0413:230
N. Kucherov RW11120/0016:371
P. Maroon LW00000/0211:241
R. McDonagh D00000/0009:280
O. Palat LW01200/0016:533
C. Paquette C00014/6210:243
B. Point C01111/2217:301
M. Sergachev D10210/0221:074
K. Shattenkirk D00040/0017:562
S. Stamkos LW10139/10019:091
M. Stephens C00-108/4010:570
C. Verhaeghe LW00010/0008:161
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
M. Murray (L)283250.89359:22
GOALIESSA
M. Murray (L)28
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
A. Vasilevskiy (W)312290.93560:00
GOALIESSA
A. Vasilevskiy (W)31
GOAL Nikita Kucherov (Empty net shot), Assists: Victor Hedman and Andrei Vasilevskiy
PIT:GoalsShots
TB:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • TB
      19:27(SH) GOAL Nikita Kucherov (Empty net shot), Assists: Victor Hedman and Andrei Vasilevskiy
    • PIT
      03:20GOAL John Marino (Wrist shot), Assist: Evgeni Malkin
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • TB
      09:57GOAL Anthony Cirelli (Snap shot), Assists: Victor Hedman and Ondrej Palat
    • PIT
      09:25GOAL Evgeni Malkin , Assists: Patric Hornqvist and Kris Letang
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • TB
      12:55GOAL Steven Stamkos (Wrist shot), Assists: Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov
    • TB
      09:04GOAL Mikhail Sergachev (Wrist shot), Assists: Victor Hedman and Tyler Johnson
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • PIT
      14:49Jared McCann penalty Tripping - 2 min.
    • TB
      11:21Alex Killorn penalty Delay of Game - 2 min.
    • TB
      10:55Mikhail Sergachev penalty High Sticking - 2 min.
    • TB
      06:53Pat Maroon penalty Hooking - 2 min.
    • TB
      02:00Alex Killorn penalty Roughing - 2 min.
    • PIT
      02:00Patric Hornqvist penalty Roughing - 2 min.
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • PIT
      12:05Matt Murray penalty Tripping - 2 min., served by Evgeni Malkin
    • TB
      02:11Brayden Point penalty Tripping - 2 min.
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • PIT
      19:50Patric Hornqvist penalty Tripping - 2 min.
    • TB
      19:04Cedric Paquette penalty Interference - 2 min.
    • PIT
      10:10Zach Aston-Reese penalty Tripping - 2 min.
TEAM STATS
PIT
TB
Shots on Goal3129
Goals in Power Play00
Faceoff Wins3836
Penalties56
Major Penalties00
Minor Penalties56
Misconducts00
TEAM STATS
PIT
Shots on Goal31
Goals in Power Play0
Faceoff Wins38
Penalties5
Major Penalties0
Minor Penalties5
Misconducts0
123T
PIT33-15-5
0112
TB34-15-5
2114
STARS OF THE GAME
6.5 %SHOT %13.8 %
0.862 %SAVE %0.935 %
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
A. Angello RW00-110/0004:481
Z. Aston-Reese LW00020/0214:582
T. Blueger C000210/12016:232
S. Crosby C00-3120/12023:010
A. Galchenyuk LW00-100/0005:100
P. Hornqvist RW01020/0418:333
J. Johnson D00020/0014:493
S. Lafferty RW00-101/5005:011
K. Letang D01-190/0027:161
E. Malkin C11036/6022:030
J. Marino D10110/0019:070
J. McCann LW00-211/1214:222
M. Pettersson D00110/0022:342
C. Ruhwedel D00-220/0012:330
B. Rust RW00110/0021:052
J. Schultz D00-330/0017:231
D. Simon LW00-100/0015:011
B. Tanev RW00000/0016:074
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
E. Cernak D00-220/0023:183
A. Cirelli C10246/9017:313
B. Coburn D00020/0015:573
Y. Gourde RW00-130/1012:192
V. Hedman D03430/0027:560
T. Johnson RW01208/6016:010
A. Killorn LW00020/0413:230
N. Kucherov RW11120/0016:371
P. Maroon LW00000/0211:241
R. McDonagh D00000/0009:280
O. Palat LW01200/0016:533
C. Paquette C00014/6210:243
B. Point C01111/2217:301
M. Sergachev D10210/0221:074
K. Shattenkirk D00040/0017:562
S. Stamkos LW10139/10019:091
M. Stephens C00-108/4010:570
C. Verhaeghe LW00010/0008:161
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
M. Murray (L)283250.89359:22
GOALIESSA
M. Murray (L)28
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
A. Vasilevskiy (W)312290.93560:00
GOALIESSA
A. Vasilevskiy (W)31
STARS OF THE GAME
123T
PIT33-15-5
0112
TB34-15-5
2114
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
A. Angello RW00-110/0004:481
Z. Aston-Reese LW00020/0214:582
T. Blueger C000210/12016:232
S. Crosby C00-3120/12023:010
A. Galchenyuk LW00-100/0005:100
P. Hornqvist RW01020/0418:333
J. Johnson D00020/0014:493
S. Lafferty RW00-101/5005:011
K. Letang D01-190/0027:161
E. Malkin C11036/6022:030
J. Marino D10110/0019:070
J. McCann LW00-211/1214:222
M. Pettersson D00110/0022:342
C. Ruhwedel D00-220/0012:330
B. Rust RW00110/0021:052
J. Schultz D00-330/0017:231
D. Simon LW00-100/0015:011
B. Tanev RW00000/0016:074
Total2303138/3610-25
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
E. Cernak D00-220/0023:183
A. Cirelli C10246/9017:313
B. Coburn D00020/0015:573
Y. Gourde RW00-130/1012:192
V. Hedman D03430/0027:560
T. Johnson RW01208/6016:010
A. Killorn LW00020/0413:230
N. Kucherov RW11120/0016:371
P. Maroon LW00000/0211:241
R. McDonagh D00000/0009:280
O. Palat LW01200/0016:533
C. Paquette C00014/6210:243
B. Point C01111/2217:301
M. Sergachev D10210/0221:074
K. Shattenkirk D00040/0017:562
S. Stamkos LW10139/10019:091
M. Stephens C00-108/4010:570
C. Verhaeghe LW00010/0008:161
Total4802936/3812-28
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
M. Murray (L)283250.89359:22
GOALIESSA
M. Murray (L)28
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
A. Vasilevskiy (W)312290.93560:00
GOALIESSA
A. Vasilevskiy (W)31
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD

123T
PIT33-15-5
0112
TB34-15-5
2114
TEAM STATS
3.60
GF AVG
2.96
GA AVG
.63
Power Play
3.88
GF AVG
3.00
GA AVG
.84
Power Play
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