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NEWARK Womens Samuel Girard Jersey , N.J. (AP) — Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point like playing on the same line, and it’s a combination that’s working out well for the Tampa Bay Lightnint, too.Kucherov had a goal and three assists for his first four-point game, Point added a goal and two assists, and the Lightning beat the struggling New Jersey Devils 5-1 Monday night.“He’s a speedy player who is fun to play with,” Kucherov said of Point.Point returned the compliment.“He’s so easy to play with,” he said. “He gets the puck to me in easy places. Kuch just works some good passes and I just shoot.”Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist, and Tyler Johnson and Yanni Gourde also scored to help the Lightning become the first team in the league to reach 20 wins this season. Ryan McDonagh had two assists and Louis Domingue stopped 26 shots as Tampa Bay got its third straight win and sixth in seven games.Egor Yakovlev scored his first career goal for the Devils, who have lost six straight and eight of nine. Keith Kinkaid started and gave up four goals on 20 shots before he was pulled after two periods. Cory Schneider had five saves in the third.“You have to give them credit,” Devils coach John Hynes said. “They are a heck of a hockey team. They just outworked us. Sometimes, it becomes a slippery slope. We didn’t play well enough to win the game.”New Jersey, which lost in regulation at home for only the second time this season, seemed to have the better of the early play, outshooting the Lightning 7-1 over the first 10 minutes, but it didn’t take long for league’s top offensive team get going.First, Kucherov extended his points streak to 10 games — one shy of his career high — with a goal with a little more than six minutes left in the first period on a 40-foot shot that seemed to handcuff Kinkaid.Asked if he’s having a torrid streak, Kucherov replied: “Maybe that’s something you should say something about. I just play hockey.”Point continued his mastery over the Devils with a power-play goal with less than a minute remaining in the period. It was Point’s 20th goal of the season and his sixth goal in nine career games against New Jersey.“I think at that point, momentum was in our favor,” said veteran Steve Stamkos Semyon Varlamov Jersey , who added to the cause with a goal and an assist. “I think that goal took a lot out of them.”The Lightning made it 3-0 when McDonagh’s wrist shot was deflected in front by Johnson for his 11th at 8:20 of the second.The Devils crept back into the game with 8:14 left when rookie defenseman Yakovlev got his first goal.But the high-flying Lightning wasted little time to push the lead back to three when Gourde scored his 10th just 1:13 later off a pretty feed from Stamkos.Stamkos scored a power-play goal in the first 20 seconds of the third on the first shot that Schneider faced. It was Stamkos’ ninth of the season.Tampa Bay completed a three-game sweep in the season series with the Devils, outscoring them 18-6.“Maybe the pucks are bouncing well for one team,” said Point, who now has five goals and eight assists in his last five regular season games against New Jersey. “They were competing. They were finishing their checks. We just played well. I just think we’re getting more familiar with each other. That’s helping us get the job done.”NOTES: The Lightning lead the NHL in goals scored (107) and goals per game at 3.9. … Kucherov had his 84th multipoint game since the start of the 2015-16 season. Only Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby has more during that span with 87. It was the 100th multipoint game of Kucherov’s career. … Kucherov’s scoring streak is just one shy of a career high.UP NEXTLightining: At Detroit on Tuesday night.Devils: At Los Angeles on Thursday night. We're now through the first month of the 2018-19 NHL season, but it still seems a tad bit early to determine which teams are for real and which ones are bound to be letdowns this season.A handful of teams are coming off impressive showings and saw major jumps in this week's power rankings. Our top-10 shifted quite a bit this week, and we have a new No. 31.Read all about it below.31. Los Angeles Kings (3-8-1) Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY SportsThere's no denying who the worst team is in the NHL right now. The Kings are too old and slow to keep up. Goalie Jonathan Quick has been sidelined yet again with knee surgery, he captain Anze Kopitar has just five points in 11 games. There are little signs of them turning it around, too.advertising30. Detroit Red Wings (4-7-2)The Red Wings have won three consecutive games, but it's safe to say their fans aren't used to simply celebrating "not being last in the NHL." The young players haven't scored enough, and unless that changes, they'll be in the lottery watch all season long.29. Florida Panthers (3-5-3)The Panthers split the Global Series set in Winnipeg, but they're still the second-worst team in the NHL. They had a strong second half last year and just missed the playoffs. Might be a good idea to turn it around a bit sooner this time.28. Anaheim Ducks (5-6-3)The Ducks' championship window is all but closed now. That's now seven straight losses for Anaheim, and the ageing core simply doesn't have much gas left. With other teams in the Pacific Division coming up, it could be a long year in Anaheim with no postseason.advertising27. St. Louis Blues (4-4-3)The offseason reinforcements haven't done much to change the Blues' fortunes. You do wonder if Mike Yeo is on the hot seat, and if the Blues will think about a rebuild. They've allowed a whopping 42 goals in just 11 games.26. Vegas Golden Knights (5-7-1)This is going down as one of the most disappointing encores ever. From Stanley Cup Final in year one to a bottom-five team in the NHL? The Golden Knights better turn it around quickly, before they fall way out of the playoff race. It's officially time to panic, folks.advertising25. New York Rangers (5-7-1) Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY SportsAfter losing their first three games, the rebuilding Rangers started to play better all-around hockey. They picked up shootout wins over the Sharks and Ducks, taking two of three on the California road trip.24. New Jersey Devils (5-4-1)Following an impressive 4-0-0 start to the season Sergei Boikov Jersey , the Devils have lost five of their last six games. We'll soon find out what this team is made of, and if they can turn a corner quickly.23. Buffalo Sabres (6-5-2)After a surprising strong start, the Sabres offense has disappeared, and they've lost three straight. On the bright side, this team looks like it might avoid being a bottom-five team in the NHL.advertising22. Arizona Coyotes (6-5-0)Four straight wins for the rebuilding Coyotes. For now, call it a mirage. We need to see more before they can be taken seriously.21. Philadelphia Flyers (6-7-0)The Flyers snapped a three-game losing skid and have won their first two games on the dreaded California road trip. Unless the goaltending gets better, however, they won't be vying for a playoff spot.20. Ottawa Senators (5-5-2)Well, they're not even close to being as horrible as the hockey world expected. The Sens are getting fine production out of fresh faces Chris Tierney (11 points), Mikkel Boedker (seven points), and young defenceman Thomas Chabot (15 points).advertising19. Washington Capitals (5-4-2) Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY SportsThey won't be happy after allowing three goals in the last three minutes to fall 6-4 against the Canadiens on Thursday. The Capitals can ask most recent Cup winners what a Stanley Cup hangover feels like, though. They'll turn it around eventually.18. Vancouver Canucks (8-6-0)Elias Pettersson will run away with the Calder Trophy if he can avoid any more injuries. The Canucks are barely squeezing out victories despite a boatload of injuries to their defencemen. How much longer can they keep it up, though?17. Carolina Hurricanes (6-5-1)The new-look 'Canes are starting to fall back to earth after a promising start. They have lost five of their last seven games now. It'll be interesting to see how rookie head coach Rod Brind'Amour tries to get his team out of this slump.advertising16. Dallas Stars (7-5-0)The Stars are coming off impressive road victories over the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs. Tyler Seguin is off to another strong start with 14 points in 12 games.15. Chicago Blackhawks (6-5-3)The Blackhawks have looked tired and sloppy on the western Canadian road trip, but they're still off to a solid start. Certainly, their fans will take this after missing the playoffs for the first time in a decade last year.14. San Jose Sharks (6-4-3)advertising Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY SportsThe Sharks aren't playing up to the level we expected. Prized pickup Erik Karlsson has seven assists but zero goals. So far, the Sharks look like a mediocre team. There's plenty of time to turn that around, though.13. Columbus Blue Jackets (7-5-0)The Jackets have won three out of their last four games, taking down the San Jose Sharks on the road following an ugly home loss to the Red Wings. Artemi Panarin is setting himself up fora fancy payday with 15 points in 12 games.12. New York Islanders (7-4-1)The Islanders swept a home-and-home against the Metropolitan rival Pittsburgh Penguins. Barry Trotz is at it again, making a mediocre team look like a contender - similar to what he did in Nashville.advertising11. Toronto Maple Leafs (8-5-0)Auston Matthews is out several weeks with a shoulder injury Youth Jake McCabe Jersey , meaning it's time for the other forwards to pick up the slack. Toronto has lost four of their last six games, looking completely lackluster in those contests.10. Edmonton Oilers (7-4-1)Following a sloppy 0-2 start to the season, Connor McDavid and the Oilers have聽gone on a聽hot streak. To the surprise of nobody, McDavid has 19 points and is in good position to win his third straight scoring title.9. Colorado Avalanche (7-4-2)Forget about that terrible unraveling in the third period against the Calgary Flames on Thursday. Colorado looks like a complete team, and they'll challenge the Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators for the Pacific Division.advertising8. Boston Bruins (7-3-2)Boston has scored 37 goals this season. The Bergeron-Pastrnak-Marchand line has 22 of them. Good on the Bruins' top line for carrying them, but the goaltending and other forwards must step up if Boston is to sustain this strong start.7. Minnesota Wild (7-3-2) Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY SportsAfter losing four of their first five games, the Wild caught fire and won five straight games. Just when people were ready to bury this team, Minnesota finds new ways to win games. They won't be going away any time soon.6. Calgary Flames (8-5-1)Calgary trailed Colorado 4-1 at home through 40 minutes on Thursday night. And they scored five goals to win 6-5. That goes to show the character of this team. Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk each have 17 points. Sean Monahan has 16, and two others have 14.advertising5. Pittsburgh Penguins (6-2-3)After a sluggish start, the Penguins got hot and won four consecutive games - including a sweep of the western Canadian road trip. Evgeni Malkin is red hot with 20 points in just 11 games. So yeah, this championship window is far from closed.4. Montreal Canadiens (7-3-2)You know you're a great team when your No. 1 defenceman hasn't played a game yet, and when your superstar goalie hasn't even found his form, and you still find a way to win. Offseason trade pickups Max Domi (12 points), and Tomas Tatar (11 points), are carrying an offense that looks 10 times better than it did at any point last season.3. Winnipeg Jets (8-5-1)The Jets traveled overseas to Finland to play Florida in a pair of games for the NHL Global Series. Patrik Laine regained his native form in his home land, scoring four goals in the two contests.2. Tampa Bay Lightning (8-3-1)No shame in losing to the Nashville Predators at home on Thursday. The Lightning remain the top team in the Eastern Conference until proven otherwise. Brayden Point leads the team with 14 points.1. Nashville Predators (10-3-0) Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsThe Predators had a statement 4-1 road victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, asserting themselves as the league's best team right now. Ryan Johansen and Filip Forsberg have combined for 29 points this season, while backup goalie Juuse Saros looks excellent with a 6-2-0 record and .917 save percentage.
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