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The Buzzer: Kucherov, Point dazzle again

Lightning Devils Hockey

Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, center, of Russia, celebrates his first period goal on the New Jersey Devils with teammates defenseman Mikhail Sergachev (98), of Russia, and center Brayden Point (21) during an NHL hockey game, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)


Three stars

1. Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning

Kucherov extended his point streak to 10 games in style with a four-point night as the Lightning crushed the New Jersey Devils 5-1.

Kucherov scored the game’s opening goal and then assisted on three of the team’s next four goals. No. 86 has five goals and 24 points during his 10-game heater.

2. Kevin Fiala, Nashville Predators

Goals had been few and far between for Fiala up until last week. Since Nov. 27 -- four games now -- Fiala has three goals in that span and now five on the season.

Fiala’s second-period marker proved to be the game winner as Pekka Rinne did the rest, stopping 21 shots to put Nashville alone atop the Western Conference standings.

3. Brayden Point, Tampa Bay Lightning

Kucherov being an assist machine as of late has certainly benefitted those around him, including Point, who was the beneficiary of another Kucherov pass on the power play to give Point his 20th goal of the season -- one back of Patrik Laine.

Kucherov has assisted on 11 of Points 20 goals, but Point isn’t too bad at dishing out the apples himself. His two assists in the game were his 16th and 17th of the season to put him third on the team in that category.

Highlights of the night

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Kind of not fair:

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Lightning 5, Devils 1

Predators 2, Sabres 1

Stars 4, Oilers 1

Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck