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Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov named NHL’s No. 1 star of the week

The right wing had three goals and seven assists, helping the Bolts to victories over the Flames, Stars and Canadiens.
Nikita Kucherov celebrates a goal during the Lightning's victory over the Stars last week in Tampa. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
Nikita Kucherov celebrates a goal during the Lightning's victory over the Stars last week in Tampa. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
Published Feb. 18, 2019
Updated Feb. 18, 2019

Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov was named the NHL’s No. 1 star for the week ending on Sunday.

Kucherov had three goals and seven assists for 10 points as the Lightning beat the Flames, Stars and Canadiens.

Kucherov had a goal and three assists in a 6-3 win over the Flames on Tuesday, then matched that performance two nights later in a 6-0 win over the Stars. It was the second time this season he had posted four or more points in consecutive games. No player in franchise history has done it even once.

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Kucherov capped the week with a goal and an assist in a 3-0 win over the Canadiens on Saturday.

Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko, who had four goals and six assists in four games, was the No. 2 star. The Penguins’ Sidney Crosby — two goals and eight assists in four games — was No. 3.