Tampa Bay Lightning continues to lose top scorers, despite regular victories.
Lightning has won five of the last six games and is trying to stay lucky by hosting the Seattle Kraken expansion on Friday night.
With forwards Braden Point and Nikita Kucherov sent off, Lightning lost two of the top three scorers two seasons ago in their first consecutive run to the Stanley Cup title.
Kucherov missed all of his last regular season after hip surgery.
Captain Stephen Stamcos scored goals and two assists in a 4-0 home victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday. That’s not the norm, but Lightning also scored points from defense Zach Bogosian and veteran Corey Perry.
Bogosian, who missed 11 games in a row after playing in the opening round, scored the first goal of the game on Tuesday-the first tally of the season-and added the second assist.
Perry’s first goal of the season extended Tampa Bay’s lead to 3-0 in the second period.
“It’s been a long time,” said Perry, an outstanding player with 50 goals and 98 points at Anaheim Ducks in 2010-11. “There were many opportunities-the pack was bouncing just an inch away.”
Perry skated on the third line on the right, Patrick Maroon on the left, and Pierre Edouard Bellmare in the center.
In the Barry Sports Sun broadcast, Stamcos said:
“We need people to step up. We obviously lack some very good players in our lineup.”
Seattle will head east for the second time this season after going 1-3-1 on the season’s opening road trip.
Clayken will have two contests in Sunshine against Tampa Bay and Florida (Saturday) and will begin trekking four games before going to Buffalo (Monday) and Detroit (Wednesday).
Seattle left an indelible memory on Wednesday night for a crowd of 17,151 noisy families.
Markus Johansson went around Carolina’s net and scored the first goal with 3:08 remaining in the third period.
The Kraken was one of the best NHL records and defeated the enemy 2-1.
Coach Dave Huxtor praised his group’s ability to recover from a one-goal deficit after Carolina Smith aggregated in the second half of the first period. Jared McCann tied one-on-one with a power play goal in the mid-term before Johansson’s first goal.
“It’s playing against a good hockey team,” Huxtor said. “We believe we are a good hockey team and it was a tough game. We went down one but it didn’t shake or rattle us.”
Jordan Eval beat Seattle with nine goals, and McCann scored eight goals in a row, scoring eight goals in the season.
“It’s the people who want to win,” McCann said. “As I said, we got everyone here to do it, and we just had to bring it to every game.”
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