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Lightning takes 3-1 lead over Detroit behind Nikita Kucherov’s goals

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How do you say “resiliency” in Russian?

How do you say “breakout star?”

Perhaps it is time that the Tampa Bay Lighting learned. After all, considering the way that Nikita Kucherov took over Game Four of their NHL Stanley Cup series, all of Tampa Bay may be soon be speaking the language.

Kucherov scored two goals and had an assist to lead the Bolts to a 3-2 lead over the Detroit Red Wings Saturday night. That gives Kucherov five goals in the series, and it gives him 10 multi-goal games, the most in the league.

Jonathan Drouin, suspended not long ago, had three assists on the team’s three power-play goals.

“That was an outstanding result,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. “It was the confidence we had. At some point, special teams are going to have an effect on a series. Let’s tip our hat to the penalty kill.”

The Lightning took a 2-0 lead on Kucherov’s two goals. In the second period, Luke Glendening scored when he batted a rebound out of the air and into the net. The Red Wings tied the game at 2 when Gustav Nyquist knocked in a puck it eight seconds to go in the second period.

Despite letting the lead go away, the Bolts came back to score in the third period. Kucherov passed to Drouin who crossed the puck directly to Palat.

Ben Bishop had 26 saves for the game, including 10 in the final period. The Lightning penalty kill has now limited the Wings to one goal in 21 tries.

The Lightning attempt to close out the series Thursday night at Amalie Arena.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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