Lightning ends Blackhawks' streak at 12 in Final rematch
TAMPA, FLA. – Nikita Kucherov broke a second-period tie with his 20th goal and the streaking Tampa Bay Lightning ended the Chicago Blackhawks' franchise-record 12-game winning streak with a 2-1 win victory over the defending Stanley Cup champions on Thursday night.
Tampa Bay won its seventh game in a row — one shy of a team record — and gave the Lightning a split of the season series with the Blackhawks, who won last year's Stanley Cup Final over the Lightning in six games.
Ben Bishop had 17 saves as the Blackhawks were held to a season-low 18 shots. Corey Crawford stopped 31 shots, but it wasn't enough to extend a career-best nine-game winning streak for the Chicago goaltender.
Anton Stralman scored in the first period and Victor Hedman had two assists for the Lightning.
• DANIEL SEDIN AT THE TOP: Daniel Sedin became Vancouver's career leader in goals with 348, scoring twice in the third period of a 4-2 victory at Boston. Sedin tucked the rebound of Christopher Tanev's shot past Tuukka Rask for the winner with 12:57 remaining. He also scored an empty-netter. Sedin tied Markus Naslund for the franchise lead Jan. 11.
• NO MORE FLYING HIGH: Phil Kessel scored twice and Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist as host Pittsburgh beat Philadelphia 4-3 to end an eight-game winless streak to its cross-state rival. The Penguins last defeated the Flyers Oct. 17, 2013.
• BIG FIRST PERIOD: Travis Zajac had a goal and three assists, Kyle Palmieri scored twice and host New Jersey scored five first-period goals in a 6-3 victory over Ottawa. Joseph Blandisi scored his first NHL goal and had two assists.
• FLAMES PREVAIL: Rookie Sam Bennett scored twice and Johnny Gaudreau had the tiebreaking goal as Calgary beat host Columbus 4-2.