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LIGHTNING DUO SHINE IN GAME 4 WIN

Last night, the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars by a score of 5-4 in overtime to take a three to one series lead, and they will have the chance to win the Stanley Cup on Saturday night. The Lightning wouldn't be this close to winning the Stanley Cup if it weren't for a few key players, including the dynamic duo of Nikita Kucherov, and Brayden Point.

Kucherov recorded 2 assists to put him at 32 points (7 G, 25 A) in 23 games this postseason. For Point, he scored twice last night to put himself at 30 points (13 G, 17 A) in 21 games. The two players became only the eight pair of teammates to each record 30+ points in the same postseason.



Kucherov, 27, was drafted in the second round, 58th overall in the 2011 NHL entry draft by the Lightning. He is over a point per game during the regular season in his career. In 515 games, Kucherov has 547 points (221 G, 326 A, 261 penalty minutes, and is a +128. In 88 career playoff games, he's put up 93 points (36 G, 57 A), 73 penalty minutes, and is +25. He led the NHL in points last year with 128 (41 G, 87 A) to win the Art Ross Trophy, and he also won the Hart Memorial Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award.

Point, 24, was drafted in the third round, 79th overall in the 2014 NHL entry draft by the Lightning. He has 262 points (116 G, 146 A), 77 penalty minutes, and is a +77 in 295 career regular season games. Point has 47 points (21 G, 26 A), 25 penalty minutes, and +1 in 42 career playoff games.

While it was a good night for the Lightning, one Stars forward in particular managed to pass some legendary players to set NHL history. He scored twice in the loss, but with his 12th goal of the playoffs, Joe Pavelski now holds the record for most goals in a single postseason for anyone aged 36 and up. Habs legend Maurice Richard had previously held the record at 11 goals during the 1958 playoffs.





The Lightning have the chance to win their second ever Stanley Cup tonight. Puck drop for Game 5 is set for 8 pm ET/6 pm MT.
COOPER GODIN
SEPTEMBER 26, 2020  (9H35)