TAMPA, Fla. — Nikita Kucherov became the second player in the NHL to reach 100 points this season, and the Tampa Bay Lightning took a two-point lead in the Atlantic Division by beating the Buffalo Sabres 7-5 Friday night.

Kucherov scored in the first period and got his 100th point assisting on Dan Girardi’s goal 1:04 into the second that gave Tampa Bay a 4-2 lead.

Edmonton’s Connor McDavid tops the league with 106 points. According to the NHL, this is the first season since 2009-10 with multiple 100-point players.

Tampa Bay can wrap up the division title and the Eastern Conference’s best record with a win in its season finale Saturday night at Carolina, or a loss by second-place Boston in either of its final two games. The Bruins are home Saturday against Ottawa and Sunday against Florida.

The Lightning played their second consecutive game without center Steven Stamkos, who is expected to be back for the playoffs.

PENGUINS 4, SENATORS 0: Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel banked in goals off Craig Anderson minutes apart in the second period, Casey DeSmith stopped 34 shots and host Pittsburgh clinched second place in the Metropolitan Division and home-ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs.


COYOTES: Arizona re-signed goaltender Antti Raanta to a three-year deal.