Tampa Bay, locked into the East’s first wild-card spot, has only individual achievements left to play for.
The defenseman’s mental hurdles have been as challenging as the physical in recovering from a broken leg two months ago.
The bottom-six forward has been a key contributor to Tampa Bay’s thriving penalty kill unit.
Nikita Kucherov scored two points to pull farther ahead in the NHL scoring race and closer to the 100-assist mark.


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