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Kucherov brace carries Lightning over Detroit

AP, DETROIT, Michigan

Nikita Kucherov on Monday night scored his second goal of the game with 18 minutes, 13 seconds remaining in the third period, lifting the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

Tyler Johnson also scored for the Lightning, who now have the NHL’s top record after winning their fourth game in a row.

Justin Abdelkader and Mike Green scored in the second period to help Detroit erase a 2-0 deficit, but Kucherov broke the tie early in the third with his seventh goal of the season.

Kucherov reached out with one hand on his stick and barely got a piece of a loose puck in front of the net, deflecting it under Jimmy Howard and slowly into the net.

Abdelkader’s goal came after some extensive deliberation by the officials. He was hooked from behind by Victor Hedman on a breakaway, but he was able to get a shot off. Andrei Vasilevskiy made the save, and Abdelkader went sliding into him.

Detroit’s Darren Helm was trailing the play and scored on the rebound.

After a review, officials took the goal away, ruling that Abdelkader had interfered with the goalie and Hedman was guilty of a hooking penalty.

After additional discussion, Abdelkader was given a penalty shot, which he converted.

Green’s tying goal was set up by Tomas Tatar, who started a rush with some impressive stickhandling in his own zone, and then eventually passed to Green, who followed his own shot and scored on the rebound.

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