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Bolts end three-game losing streak, but lose Filppula and Kucherov to injury

Lightning Maple Leafs Hockey

Tampa Bay Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov (86) is congratulated for his goal on the Toronto Maple Leafs by teammates Steven Stamkos (91) and Vladislav Namestnikov (90) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT


The Tampa Bay Lightning put their three-game losing streak to bed by defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets by a score of 4-0 on Sunday afternoon.

The win gives the Bolts 85 points on the season. They’re tied with Florida and they’re just one point behind the Bruins for top spot in the division.

The news wasn’t all good for the Lightning, as they lost forwards Valterri Filppula (first period) and Nikita Kucherov (second period) to injury. The Bolts, who dressed 11 forwards on Sunday, were forced to play a with nine forwards for a good chunk of this game.

Kucherov was hurt after being on the receiving end of a Dalton Prout sucker punch (below).

Lightning head coach John Cooper didn’t have an update on his injured players, but he didn’t expect them to be out long-term.

On the ice, the Bolts were led by their captain, Steven Stamkos. The 26-year-old scored two goals including the third shorthanded marker of his career.

He also picked up an assist on Ondrej Palat’s shorthanded goal a few minutes later.

Stamkos now has 31 goals and 55 points in 2015-16. It’s the fifth time in his career that he’s hit the 30-goal mark.