On a night Lightning fans will remember for Steven Stamkos’ record-tying 383rd career goal, his teammates staged a furious comeback to deliver a 5-4 victory over the Red Wings.
Stamkos scored in the second period to tie Vincent Lecavalier as the franchise’s all-time career-goal leader, and the goal appeared to help the team find a spark after it fell behind 3-0.
An early third-period goal from Brayden Point gave the team added hope.
But ultimately it was Nikita Kucherov’s goal on the power play halfway through the third period that reignited what looked like a sluggish Lightning effort for much of the contest
The third period goals didn’t end there. Tyler Johnson tipped in a shot by Erik Černák from the blueline, and then Kucherov scored his 35th to make the score 5-3. Kucherov finished with two goals and an assist to notch his 34th multi-point game.
It was the come back the Lightning needed heading into the final minutes against Detroit, a team that came into the game ranked second-to-last in the league at 58 points.
Kucherov ultimately jumped to 115 points on the season with two assists and two goals on the night, his sixth four-point game of the season.