OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Yanni Gourde had two goals and an assist and the Tampa Bay Lightning became just the third team in NHL history to win 60 games in a season with a 5-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Monday night.
Mikhail Sergachev, Brayden Point and Steven Stamkos also scored for the Lightning (60-15-4), while Nikita Kucherov had two assists. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 22 saves.
The other teams to win at least 60 regular-season games in a season are the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens (60-8-12) and the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings (62-13-7).
Brady Tkachuk and Max Veronneau scored for the Senators. Craig Anderson, playing in his 400th game with the Senators, stopped 21 shots.
Trailing 3-1, the Senators made it a one-goal game as Veronneau scored his second career goal in tight on Vasilevskiy, but less than a minute later the Lightning regained their two-goal lead with Gourde scoring his second of the game on a breakaway.
Stamkos made it 5-2 with less than three minutes remaining.
The Lightning jumped out to a 3-1 second-period lead after a slow start to the game.
Sergachev made it 2-1 midway through the period with a shot from just inside the blueline with Anderson screened, while Point made it 3-1 with his 41st of the season. Gourde made a behind-the-back pass to Point, who was left all alone out front.
The Lightning opened the scoring at the 12-minute mark as Kucherov saw Gourde at the side of the net and he tapped it into the open net.
Ottawa tied the game late in the period as Tkachuk beat Vasilevskiy through the legs. With his 21st of the season, Tkachuk set a franchise record for goals by a teenager.
NOTES: Ottawa’s Mark Borowiecki missed his second straight game and Mikkel Boedker was a healthy scratch for the second straight game. Tampa was without Victor Hedman, who’s dealing with an upper-body injury. Tampa recalled goalie Eddie Pasquale from AHL Syracuse. Louis Domingue is dealing with a lower-body injury.
Lightning: at Montreal on Tuesday night.
Senators: at New York Rangers on Wednesday night.
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