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Mikhail Sergachev scores Tampa Bay’s first power-play goal in nine games

The defenseman broke the scoreless streak in the second period to tie up the score 1-1 against the Penguins.
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev (98) shoots and scores the first goal of the game beating Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray (30) during first period action at Amalie Arena on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020 in Tampa. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev (98) shoots and scores the first goal of the game beating Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray (30) during first period action at Amalie Arena on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020 in Tampa. [DIRK SHADD | Tampa Bay Times]
Published Feb. 12

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania — The Lightning finally did it. They scored a power-play goal. The team had gone nine games without scoring on the advantage, a drought for anyone but especially one of the league’s most vaunted units.

Mikhail Sergachev broke the streak early in the second period of Tuesday’s game against Pittsburgh. He fired off a shot from the center point that made its way through traffic and past goaltender Matt Murray.

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Pat Maroon started the cycle along the half-wall, sending the puck to Kucherov at the point. Kucherov passed to Sergachev and they traded the puck for a moment, while Kucherov sunk lower in the zone and Sergachev slid to the middle of the ice at the blue line.

Finally, Sergachev settled the puck and put the shot on net.

The Lightning were 3-for-44, going back to Jan. 2 before Sergachev’s goal. That seven percent success rate is worst in the league over that stretch. Only Montreal was also under 10 percent going into the game.

Before this stretch in 2020, the Lightning had the second-best power play in the league, with a success rate of 29.7 percent. That earlier success boosts the team’s current standing to fifth overall in the NHL, despite the recent struggles.

Contact Diana C. Nearhos at dnearhos@tampabay.com. Follow @dianacnearhos.

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