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Lightning strikes Canucks, Coyotes beat Minnesota
February 10, 2018
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TAMPA: Nikita Kucherov stopped an 11-game goal drought, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves for his NHL-best 32nd victory, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 on Thursday night.

Yanni Gourde, Adam Erne, Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman also scored for the Lightning, who returned home after a 5-3 trip.

Vancouver’s Brock Boeser scored his 26th goal and Anders Nilsson stopped 31 shots.

Kucherov opened the scoring on his 28th goal by converting a rebound 14:36 into the first period.

After Gourde got his 20th goal during a power play at 1:38 of the second, Erne made it 3-0 with 6:20 left in the second in his first NHL game this season.

Stamkos completed Tampa Bay’s three-goal second when he picked his up 20th goal late in the period.

Elsewhere, Clayton Keller scored Arizona’s fourth straight goal at 3:55 of overtime to give the Coyotes a comeback 4-3 victory over Minnesota.

Nick Cousins scored twice for Arizona. His second goal tied it with 18.3 seconds remaining in regulation after Arizona pulled goalie Antti Raanta for an extra attacker.

Kevin Connaughton also scored, and Raanta stopped 25 shots.

Meanwhile, Sam Reinhart poked in a rebound with 4:14 left, and Buffalo beat New York 4-3.

Jack Eichel and Evan Rodrigues each had a goal and an assist for Buffalo, and Ryan O’Reilly also scored.

Associated Press

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