Point’s hat trick leads to Bolts’ win

by Gary Shelton on November 5, 2023

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Point had a hat trick./TIM WIRT

Saturday, 4 a.m.

Do you think Brayden Point’s head was getting cold?

Finally, Point got the second hat trick of his career in the Lightning’s 6-4 victory over Ottawa Saturday night. Point scored on a slap shot, a jam-it-in goal in front of the net and a deflection of a shot by Steven Stamkos.

Point, who had scored only two goals in the Bolts’ first nine games, is no stranger to the net. He scored 51 times

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last year, and he’s scored 223 goals over his career. But for whatever reason, hat tricks seemed to elude Point. Consider this: In his career, Point has had 23 games where he scored two goals. But his only other hat trick came in November of 2018, 340 games ago.

The Bolts kept threatening to walk away with Saturday’s game, but Ottawa kept creeping back.

The Bolts also got goals from Victor Hedman, Mikey Eyssimont and Nikita Kucherov. Kucherov had four assists, giving him a five-point night.

Goalie Janas Johansson saved 24 of 28 shots. It was his fifth win of the season.

The Bolts play at Toronto on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

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