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Kucherov fastest to 100 since Lemieux, Lightning beat Sabres

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Nikita Kucherov is keeping exceptional company in the NHL record book - the kind of crowd that could fill out a wing at the Hall of Fame.

Kucherov became the fastest player to 100 points in a season since Mario Lemieux, and he and Steven Stamkos scored in the shootout to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning over the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Thursday night.

Kucherov finished a 2-on-1 with Tyler Johnson for his 30th goal in the second period, getting to the 100-point mark in 62 games - one more than it took Lemieux in 1996-97. It's just the sixth time since 1993-94 a player has scored 100-or-more points in 62-or-fewer games, joining Lemieux in 1995-96 and 96-97, Jaromir Jagr in 1995-96, Ron Francis in 1995-96 and Wayne Gretzky in 1993-94.

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Leaders
Points: N. Kucherov99
Plus/Minus: R. McDonagh28
Shots on Goal: S. Stamkos182
PIM: C. Paquette60
Win: A. Vasilevskiy26
Shutouts: A. Vasilevskiy6
Offense (Rank)
Goals: 238 (1)
Shots: 1966 (8)
PP%: 30.2% (1)
Penalty Minutes: 543 (11)
Assists: 413 (1)
SH Goals: 6 (12)
Standings
Atlantic Division
  W L OTL Pts
Tampa Bay 47 11 4 98
Boston 36 17 8 80
Toronto 36 20 4 76
Montreal 33 21 7 73
Buffalo 28 24 8 64
Florida 26 25 8 60
Detroit 23 29 9 55
Ottawa 22 33 5 49
Full Standings
 
Defense (Rank)
Goals Against: 161 (28)
Shots Against: 1956 (8)
PK%: 85.1% (2)
Penalty Minutes: 577 (5)
Shutouts: 6 (5)
Sv%: 0.918 (2)
Injuries
Date Player Status
No Recent Injuries
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
2/20 M. Joseph Called up from minors from Syracuse-AHL
2/20 J. Rutta Sent to minors Syracuse-AHL
2/19 J. Rutta Called up from minors from Syracuse-AHL
2/19 M. Joseph Sent to minors Syracuse-AHL
2/13 M. Joseph Called up from minors from Syracuse-AHL
2/13 J. Rutta Sent to minors Syracuse-AHL
2/12 J. Rutta Called up from minors from Syracuse-AHL
2/12 M. Joseph Sent to minors Syracuse-AHL
1/11 J. Rutta Traded w/2019 7th rd-pick for Koekkoek
12/29 S. Koekkoek Sent to minors Syracuse-AHL for conditioning stint
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