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Lightning’s Victor Hedman notches 10th postseason goal

Hedman trails only two defensemen in the league’s history for most goals in the playoffs.
The Lightning's Victor Hedman celebrates after scoring a second-period goal against the Dallas Stars in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final.
The Lightning's Victor Hedman celebrates after scoring a second-period goal against the Dallas Stars in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final. [ MARKO DITKUN | Special to the Times ]
Published Sept. 24, 2020|Updated Sept. 24, 2020

Victor Hedman may not have had the regular season he needed to win the Norris Trophy this year, but he’s having a postseason that has him in the conversation for playoff MVP.

The defenseman got the Lightning’s third goal in a 5-2 win over the Stars in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final Wednesday night in Edmonton. The Lightning lead the series 2-1.

Hedman’s power-play score was his 10th goal of the postseason. He trails Paul Coffey (12 goals in 1985) and Brian Leetch (11 in 1994) for most goals by a defenseman in a postseason.

Hedman also tied Marty St. Louis for the third-most postseason power-play points (20) in franchise history.

“He’s a pretty determined player,” coach Jon Cooper said. “He’s pretty damn good. Your best players have to be your best players, and he’s clearly one of those.”

Hedman joined Dallas' Miro Heiskanen as the only defensemen in the playoffs with at least 20 points. Hedman has 20, Heiskanen 24 (six goals).

“I like to contribute offensively,” Hedman said. "But … we’re not here for personal stats. We’re here for one thing, and that’s winning the Stanley Cup.

“So, you know, when I get the puck on my stick, I make a pass or shoot for a goal. Obviously, (I’m) happy with the way things have been going, but at the end of the day, it’s about helping our team win, and even if it’s by a goal or blocked shot, it doesn’t really matter to us. So the end goal is still the same.”

Other notables

Nikita Kucherov extended his postseason total to 30 points with a goal and an assist, the most points in franchise history for a postseason. Kucherov now has 26 multi-point games in his postseason career.

Brayden Point extended his postseason total to 28 points with a one goal and an assist, which broke a tie with Brad Richards for the franchise’s second-most points in a postseason.

Kucherov’s assist on Point’s second-period goal gave him 23 in this postseason and moved him into second place for assists by a wing in a postseason, breaking a tie with Boston’s Rick Middleton from 1983 and trailing Mark Recchi’s 24 from 1991.

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Ondrej Palat’s third-period goal made him the third Lightning player with 10 goals in the postseason, joining Hedman and Point. Since 2000, only two other teams have had that many players reach that mark (2010 Blackhawks, 2008 Red Wings).

Contact Mari Faiello at mfaiello@tampabay.com. Follow @faiello_mari.