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Nikita Kucherov scores twice, Lightning beat Wild 4-1

By DICK SCANLONMarch 10, 2017
Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk allows a goal to Tampa Bay Lightning's Victor Hedman as Adam Erne (73) looks on during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 9, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk allows a goal to Tampa Bay Lightning's Victor Hedman as Adam Erne (73) looks on during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 9, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nikita Kucherov scored two goals, the first on a power play less than seven minutes into the game, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 on Thursday night.

Kucherov assisted a goal by Andrej Sustr, giving him nine goals and eight assists in his last eight games.

Andrei Vasilevskiy had 32 saves for the Lightning. He’s 4-0-1 since the trade of Ben Bishop to Los Angeles, and the Lightning are 9-2-3 in their last 14 games.

Marco Scandella scored for Minnesota with 3:58 remaining, only the Wild’s second goal in regulation in their last three games. Western Conference-leading Minnesota has lost three of four for the first time since early December. The loss also broke the Wild’s streak of 10 straight wins after a loss.

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