All good things must come to an end but this season is far from over.
Nikita Kucherov capped off one of his best performances of the season as he finished with two goals and three assists when the Tampa Bay Lightning ended the Florida Panthers’ team-record 13-game winning streak with an 8-4 victory at FLA Live Arena on Sunday.
The Panthers, who set their record with a 3-2 victory in overtime against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday, lost for the first time since March 27.
Despite the loss, Panthers coach Andrew Brunette loved the effort of his team and will know what to fix moving forward.
“Tonight we were pushing again and you can only go to the well so many times and tonight it ran out. There’s some things that we’ve got to shore up absolutely, but I love the way our group competes even [on] a night where you can take it off. We did not take the night off.”
Nicholas Paul scored two second-period goals, Steven Stamkos added two goals and two assists, and Victor Hedman had four assists of his own for the Lightning (49-22-8), who extended their winning streak to 3 games. Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 37 saves.
Sam Reinhart scored two goals for the Panthers as their record currently sits atop the Eastern Conference at 57-16-6. Spencer Knight made 12 saves but was pulled in the second period after Paul’s second goal made it 5-3. Sergei Bobrovsky replaced Knight and made 12 saves of his own.
The Panthers will face the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden tomorrow at 7pm. Be sure to listen to all the action right here on FoxSports640!