Lightning trio joins exclusive club with Nikita Kucherov's 40th goal

Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos and Brayden Point have been fantastic all year long, and with Kucherov’s goal on Thursday, the trio has joined an incredibly exclusive club.

When Kucherov scored an empty netter in Tampa Bay’s 3-1 win over the Maple Leafs, the Hart Trophy candidate joined Stamkos and Point in the 40-goal club.

With the goal, the trio became the first group of teammates to all accomplish the feat since Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr and Petr Nedved did it with the Penguins during the 1995-96 season, according to Sportsnet.

Kucherov (40 goals, 86 assists), Stamkos (44 goals, 53 assists) and Point (41 goals, 51 assists) have been absolutely vital to Tampa Bay’s success this season.

With the victory over Toronto on Thursday, the Lightning have now won 61 games during the regular season which is one short of the all-time record set by the Red Wings during the 1995-96 season.

Tampa Bay has the No. 1 seed locked up in the Eastern Conference, along with the Presidents’ Trophy, and could face off with either the Blue Jackets or Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs.

The Lightning lost in seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals to eventual Stanley Cup champion the Capitals last season.