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Brayden Point scores in OT to give Lightning win over Jets

Published Dec. 9, 2017

TAMPA — The Jets saw Saturday's game against the Lightning as a benchmark game, a way to measure themselves against the NHL's top team. The Lightning had circled the game, the last of a four-game home stand.

"It's going to be a big test for us," Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said after the morning skate.

The game lived up to expectations.

Brayden Point scored 36 seconds into overtime to give the Lightning a 4-3 victory.

The Lightning (21-6-2) swept the home stand.

The Jets, one of the top teams in the Western Conference, have lost three straight, though they left Amalie Arena with a point.

The teams traded goals in the first period. Andrew Copp scored 1:23 into the game. Yanni Gourde tied it late in the period with a power-play goal.

The Lightning took a 2-1 lead in the second on Mikhail Sergachev's seventh goal of the year. The Jets tied it late in the period on a tip-in by Kyle Connor.

The teams traded goals midway through the third when Nikolaj Ehlers banked the puck into the net off the left pad of Andrei Vasilevskiy. Nikita Kucherov tied it less than two minutes later when he skated across the center in the offensive zone, faked a shot, then sent the puck past Connor Hellebuyck. It was Kucherov's 22nd goal of the year.

The reason Kucherov's goal sent the game to overtime was a pair of saves Vasilevskiy made on Ehlers on his shift after his go-ahead goal.


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