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National Hockey League
Tampa Bay 3, Montreal 0
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 16, 2019
Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida
Referees: Furman South, Kelly Sutherland
Linesmen: Ryan Daisy, Darren Gibbs
Attendance: 19092

Nikita Kucherov had a goal and an assist and Andrei Vasilevskiy broke the franchise record for career shutouts as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the visiting Montreal Canadiens 3-0 Saturday night.

Yanni Gourde and Tyler Johnson also scored for the Lightning, who extended their winning streak to five games. Tampa Bay has outscored its opponents 25-9 during the streak.

Tampa Bay, which has a league-leading 92 points, extended its point streak to nine games (7-0-2).

Vasilevskiy stopped all 20 shots he faced for his sixth shutout of the season and the 18th of his career, surpassing Ben Bishop for the franchise record. Vasilevskiy has five shutouts in his past 14 starts, including his past two.

Montreal goaltender Carey Price stopped 34 of 37 shots. The Canadiens were 8-2-2 in their previous 12 games.

Kucherov, the league's leading scorer with 94 points, scored for the fourth straight game, a power-play goal at 2:16 of the third period. He has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) during the streak.

Tampa Bay's Ondrej Palat took a pass near the top of the faceoff circle before seemingly losing control of the puck. Steven Stamkos jumped on it and fed Kucherov, whose one-timer from the right faceoff dot beat Price for the game's first goal.

The Lightning struck again 1:25 later as Kucherov forced a turnover at center ice, with Brayden Point picking up the puck and feeding Gourde for a breakaway. Gourde beat Price with a wrist shot into the upper left corner of the net.

Johnson scored an insurance goal at 16:46 of the third, assisted by Stamkos and Palat.

Vasilevskiy made his most important saves in the final 30 seconds of the second period to keep it scoreless.

First, he thwarted a breakaway by Jonathan Drouin, and then he stopped two rebound attempts by Brendan Gallagher.

Price also made an outstanding stop on a breakaway, getting a blocker on a shot by J.T. Miller with 12 minutes remaining in the first period.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Montreal   Tampa Bay
N/A Points Nikita Kucherov 2
N/A Goals Nikita Kucherov 1
N/A Assists Ondrej Palat 2
N/A Power Play Goals Nikita Kucherov 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Carey Price .919 Save Percentage Andrei Vasilevskiy 1.000
Carey Price 34 Saves Andrei Vasilevskiy 20
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Montreal 20 0 0-2 3-4 20 21
Tampa Bay 37 3 1-4 2-2 16 31
Upcoming Games
  • Tampa Bay will play their next game on the road against Columbus. The Lightning have a W/L % of .705 after a win and .867 after a loss.
  • Montreal will play their next game on the road against Florida. The Canadiens have a W/L % of .452 after a win and .630 after a loss.