Game 4 will be here soon and Lightning still waiting for stars to arrive

The Stamkos, Kucherov and Point scoring slump is growing more noticeable by the minute.
The Lightning's Brayden Point, right, looks for an open pass as the Blue Jackets' Dean Kukan defends during the first period of Game 3. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
The Lightning's Brayden Point, right, looks for an open pass as the Blue Jackets' Dean Kukan defends during the first period of Game 3. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Published April 15

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Three games into the postseason, the numbers are not getting any better for the Lightning stars.

Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point where the first trio of teammates to score 40 or more goals in the NHL in 23 years. And yet they have been absent from the scoring sheet against Columbus. The three forwards have combined for no points and a minus-9 rating.

“It’s not fun," Stamkos said. “I take a lot of pride in that but those three games are over and done with. We have a chance as a group, and myself as an individual, to have an impact on the next game and try to spark something for our team. No matter the situation, no matter if you’re playing great or not playing great, you always have a belief coming into a game that you can do something to help your team win. That’s the belief I’m going to have in myself in Game 4."

Kucherov, who missed Game 3 with a one-game suspension, is expected back in the lineup Tuesday night.

“I think it’s huge; he’s probably going to be the MVP of the league so to have a guy like that come back in your lineup is going to be great," said defenseman Dan Girardi. “And obviously he’s going to be ready to go, fired up and ready to be a difference maker out there."

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