Lightning continue to spark
It seems that the only team that can stop the Tampa Bay Lightning at this point may be themselves, as the Atlantic Division leaders rolled to yet another victory on Monday.
Nikita Kucherov had two goals and three assists at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus as the Lightning eased to a 5-1 triumph.
Kucherov leads the league in points with 99, with team-mate Brayden Point fourth with 78, behind Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers.
Point scored twice for Tampa Bay on Monday, 34 seconds apart in the first minute of the third period, to give the Lightning a five-goal advantage, before Lukas Sedlak added a consolation goal for the hosts with under two minutes to play.
Tampa Bay, who remain 16 points ahead of the Boston Bruins in the Atlantic Division standings, are back on the ice on Tuesday when they play the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
The game concludes the brief two-game road swing for the Lightning, who head home to the Amalie Arena later in the week to welcome in the Buffalo Sabres.
Meanwhile, the Toronto Maple Leafs, third in the Atlantic Division and three points behind the Bruins, but with two games in hand, are in St. Louis to take on a red-hot Blues side.
St. Louis has won ten in a row to surge into a post-season place in the Central Division and have shut out their last three opponents.
The Blues are 13/10 to win the Western Conference, with the San Jose Sharks 4/6.
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