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Anthony Cirelli Scores First Profession Hat Trick, Lightning Beat Jets 7-1

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WINNIPEG — Anthony Cirelli scored his first profession hat trick and Nikita Kucherov added a pair of targets because the Tampa Bay Lightning routed the Winnipeg Jets 7-1 on Friday.

Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 30 saves to document his 10th straight victory, matching the longest win streak of his NHL profession. He had 10 consecutive wins from Feb. 9 to March 5, 2019.

Carter Verhaeghe and Alex Killorn additionally had targets for Tampa Bay (29-15-Four), which was coming off a Three-2 loss to Minnesota on Thursday evening. Ondrej Palat picked up three assists and Steven Stamkos and Brayden Level every contributed a pair.

Cirelli, in his third NHL season, scored twice within the first interval in opposition to goalie Connor Hellebuyck and his third objective glided by Laurent Brossoit to make it 6-1 at 7:48 of the third. Cirelli had misplaced management of the puck, however regained it and took a shot that went in off the stick of Jets defenceman Dmitry Kulikov.

Anthony Cirelli, Tampa Bay Lightning (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Jack Roslovic scored for the Jets (25-19-Four), who ended a three-game homestand going 1-2-Zero. They’re Three-Three-Zero of their previous six video games.

Hellebuyck was pulled halfway by way of the second interval after permitting 5 targets on 12 pictures. Brossoit changed him and made 12 saves.

After having a 10-game win streak finish, the Lightning are 2-2-Zero of their final 4 video games. Kucherov has 5 targets in his previous three video games.

Tampa Bay led Three-Zero after seven pictures on objective within the first interval. Winnipeg had 5 pictures.

It opened with Palat passing again to a trailing Cirelli, and he slapped the puck by Hellebuyck at 9:27 of the primary.

A shot by Jets leading-scorer Kyle Connor hit a objective submit minutes later.

Kyle Connor, Winnipeg Jets (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Kucherov and Stamkos paired up and went in alone on Hellebuyck, with Kucherov recording his 21st objective of the season at 12:21.

Palat fed Cirelli once more and he despatched a backhand by Hellebuyck at 19:07.

Kucherov scored his 22nd of the season at 7:21 of the second and Verhaeghe made it 5-Zero at 11:10, sending Hellebuyck to the bench.

Roslovic put one previous Vasilevskiy after Mathieu Perreault intercepted a Tampa Bay move close to the entrance of the web and fed him for a fast shot at 11:44.

Winnipeg was outshooting the guests 23-16 after the center interval.

After Cirelli’s third objective, Killorn made it 7-1 at 10:45.

A objective by Jets ahead Nikolaj Ehlers with Three:20 left was disallowed for goaltender interference by Nicholas Shore.

Winnipeg Jets’ Nikolaj Ehlers and the Jets bench (AP Photograph/Gene J. Puskar)

Winnipeg travels to Chicago for a sport Sunday. Tampa Bay begins its all-star break and doesn’t play once more till Jan. 27 in Dallas.

This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Jan. 17, 2020.

Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

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