Friday, April 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Lightning's Brayden Point excels in shootouts

TAMPA — F Brayden Point has scored twice this year, but you won't see them on the scoring sheet. That's because both goals have come during shootouts, which doesn't count toward a player's stats.

"I got to start putting them in the games, getting chances, but they're not going in now so I got to keep working hard," Point said after Thursday's 4-3 shutout loss to the Bruins.

Point scored the Lightning's lone goal during the 10-round shootout, beating Bruins G Tuukka Rask during the fourth round. Bruins F Riley Nash beat Andrei Vasilevskiy with his shot to send the shootout to a fifth round. The marathon ended with a goal by F Jimmy Hayes.

"Obviously it's nice to score them," Point said, "but the goal was to win the game and that didn't happen, so I guess it doesn't matter."

DROUIN SITS: F Jonathan Drouin missed Thursday's game and continues to be evaluated by team doctors for a hit he took to the head during Tuesday's win in New York against the Islanders.

"He's being evaluated, and we'll go from there," coach Jon Cooper said when asked for a timetable for Drouin's return.

GM Steve Yzerman said Drouin is considered day-to-day. It's unknown if Drouin suffered a concussion when hit by Islander's D Calvin De Haan.

FIGHTING CANCER: Thursday's game was "Hockey Fights Cancer Night" at Amalie Arena. The Lighting wore lavender jerseys and used lavender tape on its sticks during warmups. The jerseys and sticks will be autographed and auctioned to raise money for cancer awareness.

Cooper is involved in the fight against pediatric cancer. Among his guests at the game were Lightning fans who have been diagnosed with cancer.

"(Raise) awareness and put people on notice that we're doing everything we can to try and fight this disease and we want everybody else to help as well," he said. "Anything we can do with events like (Thursday) we're going to do to help the fight against cancer."

NUTS AND BOLTS: D Slater Koekkoek has three assists in the two games he's played since being recalled from AHL Syracuse. "He's known probably more for his defensive abilities, but he (is showing) up on the offensive side of the sheet, made some really heady plays," Cooper said. … D Nikita Nesterov was a healthy scratch. … Cooper sent this text message to Cubs manager Joe Maddon after Wednesday's Game 7 World Series victory against the Indians: "Touch 'em all, Joe, you'll never manage a bigger game in your life! #1908." It was a play off the Blue Jays' Joe Carter's World Series-winning home run in 1993, a game Cooper attended. Cooper said he will wait a few days before sending another text to Maddon, whom Cooper met while he was managing the Rays.

Times staff writer Joe Smith contributed to this report.

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