NEWARK, N.J. -Nikita Kucherov, forward for the Tampa Bay Lightning, extends his scoring streak to seven games against New Jersey Devils. The game ended as a loss for Lightning, with 5-4 on the scoreboard. Thanks to Devil’s Kyle Palmieri who was able to score the only goal in the shootout. It was the end of Lightning with four game winning streaks.
It’s a great start for Kucherov this season, who’s sharing the record with only six others in the last 30 years, including Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux. Lemieux holds the record of 12 games scoring streak in one season.
The list includes Mike Bossy of New York Islanders with 10 games, Wayne Gretzky of Edmonton Oilers in 1983-84 totaling eight, Ken Hodge of Boston Bruins at seven and Tony Tanti from Vancouver Canucks during the 1983-84 seasons, getting seven. Another two were able to have at least a 6 game scoring streak in the last 30 years.
Kucherov scored at 6:38 into the third period in his first game of the season, against the Florida Panthers, earning them the victory at 5-3. It only took him 3:30 to score in the second game, which ended in a loss at 5-4 against the Panthers. His goal on his third game tied the game at 10:46 of the third period, and he was able to help the team snag the win at the overtime.
He scored at 9:49 in the second period versus the Penguins. He also scored a goal vs. the Blues and 2 against the Detroit Red Wings in 2 consecutive wins.
Nikita Kucherov is only five games from tying with NHL Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux, who is holding the world record at 12 in his 1992 season, with a total of 18 goals into his streak.