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Vasilevskiy stops 54, Lightning top Caps

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WASHINGTON (AP) Andrei Vasilevskiy piled up the saves, and the Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals traded blows in a thrilling potential playoff preview.

Vasilevskiy made a franchise-record 54 saves, Nikita Kucherov scored twice and the NHL-leading Lightning won their sixth consecutive game, beating the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals 5-4 in overtime Wednesday. The frenetic pace, high energy and hatred between the teams that met in last year's Eastern Conference final made a rematch this spring all the more of a tantalizing possibility.

"I'm sure both of us would be very happy to see each other again if it's the Eastern Conference final," Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos said. "There's a long way to get to that point. We'll hopefully see them."

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Points
Rank Player Pts G A
1 N. Kucherov, TB1193782
2 C. McDavid, Edm1053669
3 P. Kane, Chi1014160
4 S. Crosby, Pit933360
5 J. Gaudreau, Cgy923557
6 L. Draisaitl, Edm914348
7 N. MacKinnon, Col913754
8 B. Wheeler, Wpg882068
9 B. Point, TB873849
10t B. Marchand, Bos873156
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Goals Against Average
Rank Player GAA
1 J. Binnington, StL1.78
2 B. Bishop, Dal2.05
3 T. Greiss, NYI2.21
4 R. Lehner, NYI2.27
5 J. Halak, Bos2.29
6 A. Vasilevskiy, TB2.29
7 J. Campbell, LA2.36
8 T. Rask, Bos2.39
9 M. Fleury, VGK2.46
10 P. Rinne, Nsh2.46
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