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DETROIT – Nikita Kucherov scored 3:28 into overtime to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning over the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 on Friday night.
Situated on the edge of the crease, Kucherov redirected a hard pass from Brayden Point into the net.
The Lightning are one point behind the Boston Bruins and New York Islanders for the final Eastern Conference wild card.
Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg opened the scoring 8:03 into the second period. Taking a backhand pass from Gustav Nyquist, Zetterberg flipped a knuckling wrist shot toward the goal and over the stick-side shoulder of goalie Andrei Vasilievskiy, who struggled to find the puck through the screen of teammate Point.