Tampa Bay Lightning needed something to happen . . . Nikita Kucherov happened

PHILADELPHIA - With the spot in the standings the Tampa Bay Lightning find themselves in ahead of the All-Star break, any sort of a slide could be fatal to their playoff chances.

Tampa Bay pulled themselves into the playoff picture on the heels of 10 wins in the past 15 games, and seven of the past nine, which included a season-long, five-game winning streak that was snapped on Sunday in Detroit, a loss that featured some harsh comments from head coach Jon Cooper.

As they headed to Philadelphia on Tuesday to close out a three-game road trip, they were facing the second-place team in the...


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