Kings’ losing streak against Lightning continues in 6-4 loss

Kings left wing Alex Iafallo slides into Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy as he tries to score..
Kings left wing Alex Iafallo slides into Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, right, as he tries to score while right wing Mathieu Joseph defends during the second period Tuesday at Arena.
(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

Victor Hedman had two goals and an assist, Nikita Kucherov extended his scoring tear since returning from injury and the Tampa Bay Lightning topped the Kings 6-4 on Tuesday night at Arena for their fourth straight win.

Blake Lizotte, Alex Iafallo, Arthur Kaliyev and Phillip Danault scored for the Kings, who have dropped two straight after a four-game winning streak. Cal Petersen made 19 saves.

Hedman was one of only four Tampa Bay defensemen who dressed after three were scratched due to injuries. He scored his first goal since Dec. 16 at 13:17 of the first period when he retrieved an errant pass in the Kings zone and beat Petersen glove side on a breakaway to extend his point streak to four games.


Hedman then scored the go-ahead goal at 10:43 of the third when he took Kucherov’s pass and scored on a snap shot. It was the ninth multigoal game of Hedman’s career, and one of three third-period goals by the Lightning that put the game away.

Kucherov had a power-play goal in the second period along with an assist. The right wing, who missed 32 games with a lower-body injury that required surgery, has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in six games since returning to the lineup.

Mathieu Joseph and Steven Stamkos also had a goal and an assist apiece for the Lightning, who have a 10-game winning streak over the Kings. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare also scored and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 32 shots.