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Lightning’s Brayden Point always seems in right place, even with winning goals off his knee

  • Lightning’s Brayden Point always seems in right place, even with winning goals off his knee – – Lightning center Brayden Point, left, hustles to secure the puck near the Panthers’ empty net during the third period Friday.
  • TAMPA — There is a saying in hockey that the puck follows the good players, and right now the puck is following Brayden Point.
  • The 5-foot-10 Point leads the team with seven points and is tied with Kucherov with a team-high three goals — one in each game.
  • Point played for Team Canada over the summer in the IIHF World Championships, centering the line with Mitch Marner of the Maple Leafs and Travis Konecny of the Flyers.
  • “If you look at how many times in a game there are 50-50 puck battles, Braydon Point more often than not comes out with the puck, regardless of the size he’s going against.

TAMPA — There is a saying in hockey that the puck follows the good players, and right now the puck is following Brayden Point.

Lightning’s Brayden Point always seems in right place, even with winning goals off his knee

Lightning center Brayden Point, left, hustles to secure the puck near the Panthers’ empty net during the third period Friday.

TAMPA — There is a saying in hockey that the puck follows the good players, and right now the puck is following Brayden Point.

Take Monday night in overtime against the Capitals, when a blast from Nikita Kucherov found the right leg of Point just above his knee, then found the back of the net for the winner.

It was, Point said, one of the more unusual goals he has ever scored.

“I’ll take it,” he said.

And how about this? Point admits he was out of position.

“I should have been trying to screen (the goalie) a little more than I was,” he said.

So, he was a little fortunate. But Point created his luck by skating to the front of the net while Steven Stamkos sent a pass from the right side to Kucherov, who was in the faceoff circle. Point was ready to jump on a possible rebound as Kucherov let fly with a one-timer.

“He has great awareness,” Alex Killorn said of Point. “The puck follows…

Lightning’s Brayden Point always seems in right place, even with winning goals off his knee

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