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Joe Smith’s takeaways from Thursday’s Lightning-Red Wings game

By Joe Smith

Nikita Kucherov tied the Lightningís franchise record for longest season-opening points streak, matching Marty St. Louisí 11 games (2009-10). With 12 goals in his first 11 games, Kucherov is well on pace for his first 50-goal season. Sixty isnít a huge stretch.e_SClBMikhail Sergachev has a little nasty streak to him. Coach Jon Cooper noted Sergachev isnít afraid to put himself "in the hornetís nest," and the 19-year-old rookie showed that after starting a scrap with Red Wings F Anthony Mantha with a cross check in the second period.e_SClBWhat has impressed the most about Andrei Vasilevskiy is his penchant for timely saves. His save percentage and goals against arenít as low as he would like, but Vasilevskiy has come up big at the key moments in the Lightningís hot start. Mark of a true No. 1.