Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point are on absolute tears right now

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It all began a little more than two weeks ago for Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both were coming off a couple of pointless outings when they hit the ice against the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

Down 2-0 late in the first period against Sidney Crosby’s squad, Point scored on the man advantage with three ticks of the clock remaining in the frame. Then, he netted two more power-play markers within the first 88 seconds of the second period for a natural hat trick in a total of 91 seconds, one of the quickest in NHL history.

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Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov have had plenty to hug about this season. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)
Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov have had plenty to hug about this season. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

Kucherov assisted on all three of those tallies to kick off debatably the hottest point streaks we’ve seen so far this season. In his last ten games, the guy that wears No. 86 for the Lightning has five goals and 19 assists for 24 points. That includes his twine-tickler and three helpers in a 5-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night.

Within that stretch, he’s had eight multi-point contests and five games of three or more points.

Point, now in his third NHL season, has had the benefit of playing with Kucherov, one of the game’s best passers, during this stretch. That, mixed with Point’s speed and ability to find open space on the ice, has resulted in him collecting points in nine of his last ten games. He’s racked up 11 goals and seven assists during that stretch.

With yet another tally to go with two assists against the Devils, his shooting percentage has been a mind-boggling 34.4% during Kucherov’s streak (11 goals on 32 shots). Of those 11 goals, nine have been assisted by the 25-year-old Russian.

Their natural chemistry was apparent on Monday night. With the game scoreless in the opening frame, Point broke through the neutral zone with speed and backed off the Devils defenders before dishing the puck to Kucherov.


The former second round pick in the 2011 draft ripped it between the pipes to give the Lightning the early 1-0 edge and ensure his point streak stayed alive in the process.

On a power play later in the first period, Kucherov showed off his patience on the half boards. Then, right when the perfect moment arose, he sent the puck to his favourite target in the slot. Point only needed a second to cradle the biscuit before firing it past Keith Kinkaid.


Kucherov started this season a little slow by his standards, considering he finished the 2017-18 campaign with 100 points. He now sits third in the league with 42 points in 28 games, only three behind Mikko Rantanen, who leaves the NHL with 45.

Point, meanwhile, is tied for second in the goal scoring department with 20, one behind league-leader Patrik Laine. On top of that, his 37 points put him fifth.

Most importantly though, their team has won three straight, gone 8-2-0 in their last ten and currently sits first in the league with a record of 20-7-1 for 41 points.

To say that Kucherov and Point have been a big part of their success would be a major understatement.

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