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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, January 09, 2019 1:00 am

NHL

Tampa's scoring frenzy continues

Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. – Andrei Vasilevskiy made 31 saves, Brayden Point had two goals and an assist, and the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-0 on Tuesday.

NHL points leader Nikita Kucherov had a goal and an assist for the Lightning, and Mathieu Joseph also scored.

Tampa Bay (33-8-2, 68 points) is two points off the pace of the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens, who set the NHL record for points in a season with 132.

Sergei Bobrovsky was pulled in the third after allowing four goals on 19 shots for the Blue Jackets.

Vasilevskiy turned aside 17 shots en route to his second shutout this season and 14th overall.

Kucherov, on his 21st goal and 71st point, and Point had third-period goals that put the Lightning ahead 4-0.

Kucherov became the 10th player to reach 50 assists within his team's first 43 games. It's the first time it has occurred since Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr and Ron Francis in 1995-96.

CANADIENS 3, RED WINGS 2: In Detroit, Brendan Gallagher and Joel Armia scored 66 seconds apart early in the second period, and Montreal edged Detroit. Andreas Athanasiou scored twice for the Red Wings, but Jeff Petry added a goal 19 seconds into the third for Montreal.