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Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn, center, skates past Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point, left, and shoots the game winning goal past goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, right, during overtime of an NHL hockey game in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin)

Benn's 2nd goal in OT pushes Dallas Stars past Lightning 3-2

Jan. 28, 2020 12:08 AM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Jamie Benn knocked down the puck, quickly turned and didn't have to go far to score the winning goal for the Dallas Stars in overtime. Benn scored 2:07 into the extra period after first deflecting a pass by Brayden Point, who then appeared to grab at the Stars captain from behind before a...

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) watches the puck Tampa Bay Lightning's Ondrej Palat (18) and Anthony Cirelli (71) look for the rebound and Jets' Luca Sbisa (5) defends during first-period NHL hockey game action in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)

Cirelli scores 1st career hat trick, Lightning rout Jets 7-1

Jan. 18, 2020 12:25 AM EST

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Anthony Cirelli had shaving cream on his ear, hair and T-shirt. He didn't mind a bit. The foam was part of the celebration his Tampa Bay Lightning teammates gave him Friday night after he scored his first career hat trick in a 7-1 rout over the Winnipeg Jets. “Yeah they...

Minnesota Wild's Eric Staal (12) and Ryan Suter (20) congratulate Zach Parise (11) on his goal as Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Curtis McElhinney (35) watches during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)

Parise, Suter score as Wild beat Lightning 3-2 to snap skid

Jan. 17, 2020 12:04 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Ryan Suter and the Minnesota Wild knew the importance of starting their seven-game homestand with a strong performance. Minnesota had lost four in a row and was coming off a particularly deflating 7-3 defeat at Pittsburgh that included a lineup-card snafu that put them down a...

Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown (23) screens Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) on a goal by left wing Kyle Clifford (not shown) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Stamkos' shootout goal lifts Lightning over Kings 4-3

Jan. 14, 2020 11:32 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — With a blistering shot that glanced off the goalie's shoulder and into the net, Nikita Kucherov saved the night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. The reigning NHL MVP and scoring champion scored with a little over a minute left in regulation and Steven Stamkos delivered the game-deciding goal...

New Jersey Devils goaltender Louis Domingue, left, makes a save in front of Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Devils end Lightning team record tying 10-game win streak

Jan. 12, 2020 11:10 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils are starting to play their best hockey of the season and it cost the Tampa Bay Lightning their franchise-record tying 10-game winning streak. The improved play wasn't enough to save the job of Devils general manager Ray Shero. Louis Domingue stopped 26 shots...

Tampa Bay Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy, right, blocks a shot by Philadelphia Flyers' Travis Sanheim during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Maroon, Vasilevskiy lead Tampa Bay to 10th straight victory

Jan. 11, 2020 10:44 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tampa Bay got offense from an unlikely source to keep its winning streak going. Pat Maroon scored the game's only goal, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 23 saves and the Lightning tied a club record with their 10th straight win, 1-0 over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night. The Lightning...

Nashville Predators right wing Viktor Arvidsson, right, celebrates with goalie Pekka Rinne after scoring a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Rinne scores empty-net goal as Predators beat Blackhawks

Jan. 10, 2020 2:34 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Pekka Rinne made 29 saves and scored an empty-net goal, and the Nashville Predators beat the sloppy Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 on Thursday night for John Hynes' first win with the team. Hynes became the third coach in franchise history after Peter Laviolette was fired on Monday. Hynes dropped...

Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov celebrates his goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Kucherov scores 2, Lightning top Coyotes 4-0 for 9th in row

Jan. 9, 2020 11:54 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nikita Kucherov and the surging Tampa Bay Lightning are in a serious groove. Kucherov had two goals, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 25 saves and the Lightning beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-0 Thursday night for their ninth consecutive victory. “We’re having fun," Kucherov said....

Tampa Bay Lightning center Carter Verhaeghe (23) celebrates with the bench after his third goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Verhaeghe's hat trick helps Lightning rout Canucks 9-2

Jan. 7, 2020 11:23 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A matchup between the two hottest teams in the NHL turned into a mismatch in a hurry. Rookie Carter Verhaeghe had his first career hat trick and Tampa Bay scored three times in less than a minute to finish a six-goal second period that propelled the Lightning to their season-best eighth...

Tampa Bay Lightning center Mitchell Stephens (67) celebrates his goal agaonst Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek (34), of the Czech Republic, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Lightning beat Hurricanes 3-1 for seventh straight win

Jan. 5, 2020 9:00 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Not even a brutal schedule is slowing the Tampa Bay Lightning. Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist, Nikita Kucherov had two assists and Tampa Bay beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 Sunday for their seventh straight victory. The Lightning, who played a 5 p.m. game at Carolina after...