Brayden Point has been absolutely red hot for the Tampa Bay Lightning over the last month or so. Everything has been finding the back of the net for him and the wins have also come for the team when Point finds himself on the scoresheet.
Thursday night’s shootout win was the epitome of “when you’re hot, you’re hot” as Point had the Lightning’s lone regulation goal in somewhat of fortunate fashion, banking a wayward shot off of Igor Shesterkin’s pad. To top the night off, Point would even score in the shootout.
The hot play even continued on the final night of year as Point recorded another goal and added an assist as well in the Lightning’s 5-3 over the Arizona Coyotes.
Over his last 16 games, Point has 15 goals. During that stretch, the Lightning are 9-2 when he scores a goal. Point has never been considered among the league’s top goal scorers, but this year he is gaining additional recognition as he currently sits tied for 9th in the league with 21 goals this season. The 21 goal mark also leads all Lightning skaters.
One thing that has also been present in this most recent hot streak has been a handful of highlight reel goals. Point has been taking on entire groups of opponents and finding the back of the net in spectacular fashion seemingly with regularity.
Point is currently on pace for about 49 goals, which would surpass his previous career high of 41. Point is also on track for the second season of his career registering a point per game. Not bad for a third round draft pick.