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Tampa – Carolina – 4: 3 OT, video, Kucherov’s assistant hat-trick, NHL match review

Unstoppable Kucherov! He tore in the majority and scored an assistant hat-trick

Elena Kuznetsova

Tampa - Carolina - 4: 3 OT

Tampa overcame the recession and won the third match in a row, this time greeting its main rival, Carolina.

Spring began for Tampa with an unsuccessful period, during which the team lost six of eight matches. But do not forget that two Stanley Cups in a row are not won just like that, and become and relics in the “lightning” is more than enough. They also know how to overcome difficulties, and today they won the third match in a row, forcing them to forget about temporary difficulties.

“Carolina” – a well-known and already principled rival for “Tampa” – they played a lot against each other last season, met in the second round of the playoffs and this year meet for the third time. The previous one ended in a skirmish between Nikita Kucherov and Sebastian Aho – then the untimely removal of the Russian did not allow to organize a final assault and win back.



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Today, Nikita, on the contrary, was one of the main creators of victory. Despite a noticeable advantage in the number of moments created, “Tampa” caught up with most of the game, but did not slow down for a second, and played most of the notes. Carolina opened the scoring in the first period, beating Andrei Vasilevsky with the first throw. Nick Paul could not get the puck out of the zone, Nino Niederreiter sent it over the goal, went to the piglet, received a return pass and immediately threw a shot into the far corner.

It was possible to compare the score at the very beginning of the second period, when the defender of “Carolina” Cole was sitting on the penalty bench. Kucherov took one of the rivals behind and gave the pass back to Killorn, who had enough time and space to make a well-aimed shot.

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“Carolina” again took the lead in a counterattack three in two in the middle of the period – Seth Jarvis put the stick under the throw of Niederreiter, but a minute later “Tampa” responded with a goal by Victor Hedman.

He still had to leave for the second break, losing by one puck – Sebastian Aho in the fight with Chernak on a piglet elegantly put the stick under the throw Deangelo. “During the break we talked about holding one of our best matches. We lost in the score, but agreed that we should not change anything, we should continue to play the same way. It was one of the most complete games in our performance in a long time. We spent little time in our area. Getting out of your zone and dictating the game in the middle and in the attack zone is a good recipe, especially against strong teams, ”said Stephen Stamkos after the game.

“Lightning” played on freshness – “Carolina”, who played the day before with “Washington”, did not have the strength, as admitted by her coach Rod Brindamor. Tampa implemented the first removal of “hurricanes” in the third period. The leaders worked again – Nikita Kucherov gave the other side to Stamkos, Stephen threw, and Point finished the puck in the goal, equalizing the score.

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Overtime began with the removal of Jordan Staal, and the formidable brigade of the majority of Tampa came out on the ice again. Kucherov did not throw himself, but gave it to Stamkos in the slot, and he fired past Raanta into the gate. The lightning captain bypassed Martin San Louis and set a new club record for goals in overtime (11).

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For the third time this season, Nikita scored at least three points per match and scored an assist hat-trick for the first time. Now that he has been put on a par with Point and Stamkos, he is simply unstoppable.

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