Lightning top Avs in OT for franchise-best 11th straight win

DENVER – Nikita Kucherov stole the puck from Nathan MacKinnon and scored 3:03 into overtime, sending the Tampa Bay Lightning to a franchise-record 11th straight win, 4-3 over the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night.

Cameron Gaunce and Alex Killorn scored 16 seconds apart during the Bolts’ three-goal second period before Colorado came back to force overtime.

Steven Stamkos also had a goal for Tampa Bay in the second period that erased a 1-0 deficit, and Bolts goaltender Curtis McElhinney stopped 24 shots despite getting bowled over by Colorado’s J.T. Compher midway through the third period, sparking the first of two brawls in a tense ending.

McElhinney crumpled awkwardly and lay motionless for a moment before rising slowly. He was visited by a trainer but stayed in the game. Compher was called for interference.

Another scuffle broke out after Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon levelled Ondrej Palat cleanly in front of Tampa Bay’s bench.

The Avalanche dropped their third straight and lost forward Mikko Rantanen to a left shoulder injury when he was tripped into the boards at full-speed by Erik Cernak in the second period. Rantanen immediately left the ice and headed inside before the Bolts killed the power play.

GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3, CAPITALS 2

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Max Pacioretty scored his team-high 27th goal and Vegas beat Washington.

Nick Holden and Reilly Smith also scored for the Golden Knights, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves.

Alex Ovechkin remained stuck on 698 career goals after being held without a point for the fifth consecutive game, his longest drought of the season.

It was Vegas’ third-straight victory, and it improved to 7-3-2 since coach Pete DeBoer took over for Gerard Gallant, who was fired on Jan. 15.

T.J. Oshie scored both goals for Washington in the third period. Braden Holtby made 26 saves.

FLAMES 6, DUCKS 4

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Andrew Mangiapane had three goals and an assist, and Calgary rallied past Anaheim.

Matthew Tkachuk had a goal and an assist for Calgary, which trailed 3-1 early in the third period. Sam Bennett and Sean Monahan also scored. Cam Talbot made 26 stops for Calgary.

Adam Henrique, Jakob Silfverberg, Nicolas Deslauriers and Devin Shore scored for Anaheim. Ryan Miller made 37 saves.

PANTHERS 5, SHARKS 3

SAN JOSE,Calif. (AP) — Evgenii Dadonov and Mike Hoffman scored, Aaron Ekblad had two assists and slumping Florida beat San Jose.

Colton Sceviour, Anton Stralman and Vincent Trocheck also scored for Florida, which had lost six of seven. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29 shots, and the Panthers moved within two points of idle Toronto for third place in the Atlantic Division.

Dylan Gambrell, Kevin Labanc and Timo Meier each scored and Brent Burns had two assists for San Jose, which had won four of its previous five. Aaron Dell had 23 saves.

COYOTES 2, ISLANDERS 1

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Antti Raanta stopped 25 shots, Conor Garland scored his team-leading 20th goal and Arizona beat New York.

Raanta was sharp for the second straight game after a shaky performance against Ottawa. Clayton Keller scored his first goal in nine games in the first period, and Garland became Arizona’s first 20-goal scorer of the season with a one-timer in the third.

New York failed on numerous good chances against the Coyotes before Anthony Beauviller scored the Islanders’ first goal in 166 minutes in the third period. Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 shots.

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