Bolts win again by blasting Coyotes

by Gary Shelton on January 26, 2024

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Chaffee scoresd his first goal./TIM WIRT

Friday, 4 a.m.

On a night like this, it is impossible not to follow the stars.

Nikita Kucherov scored. Brayden Point scored. Steven Stamkos scored. Together, they combined for three goals and four assists in an easy 6-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes.

Still, there is something welcome, something special about the new kids on the block.

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Kucherov had three more points./TIM WIRT

Take, for instance, the team’s  fifth goal, scored by Mitchell Chaffee, the first of his career. He was assisted by Maxwell Crozier and Emil Lilleberg who, like Chaffee, have spent most of the year playing in Syracuse.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper says the kids have brought an energy with them to the Bolts’ clubhouse.

“They’re contributing,” Cooper said. “Competing. They’re bringing elements that maybe we were missing early on. It’s been a shot of adrenalin to the team. It’s been helping us.” 

The Bolts also got goals from Darren Raddysh, 24 seconds into the game, and Luke Glendening.

Kucherov had three points, one game after a four-point game against Philadelphia Stamkos hit the 1,100 point mark.

It was the second straight six-goal game for the Bolts, who are 7-1 in their last eight games. 

In their last eight games, the Bolts have outscored opponents 35-18. The second number impresses Cooper

“It’s probably the amount of goals we’re giving up,” Cooper said. “That’s starters. We’re much more sound in our own end. 

“There is just a lot of excitement in the room. The guys are feeling great about themselves. There’s a lot of belief in the team and the way we’re playing.”

The Bolts have one more game before the all-star break — Saturday at 7 p.m. at Amalie Arena — against the New Jersey Devils.

Stamkos reached 1100 points./TIM WIRT

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