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NHL Game Night: 2-22-20 Lightning at Coyotes

Lightning continue melting in the desert.

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ARI-7

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 7 goals on 41 shots for the loss. Woof.

First Period
3:53 TB Cirelli (15), (Killorn, Gaunce)
17:36 ARI Garland (21), (Lyubushkin, Ekman-Larsson)
18:46 ARI Keller (14), (Goligoski, Stepan)

Second Period
5:51 ARI Soderberg (15), (Garland, Goligoski)
8:45 TB Palat (15), (Gaunce, Gourde)
10:11 TB Point (22), (Stamkos, Kucherov)
11:04 ARI Richardson (5), (Hall)

Third Period
11:51 ARI Keller (15), (Crouse)
14:28 ARI Garland (22), (Schmaltz, Hall)(PP)
18:46 ARI Stepan (10), (Garland, Keller)

For the second straight game, the Lightning came completely unglued in the second half of a game in the desert. Some of this is a bit of a market correction, probably, and some of this is the team relaxing a bit despite their lip service about their defensive standards.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-22-20 Phantoms at Crunch

Another quality start by Martin fuels Syracuse win.

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SYR-2

Spencer Martin allowed just 1 goal on 24 shots for the win. That's five quality appearances for Martin in a row, as he's settled into a more manageable workload since Wedgewood returned from injury.

First Period
10:50 SYR Barre-Boulet (23), (Joseph, Colton)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
10:33 SYR Masin (2), (Colton, Witkowski)
19:02 LV Twarynski (5), (Bigras, Ghostisbehere)

Alex Barre-Boulet, Martin, and Dominik Masin were the game's three stars.

Don't look now, but Ross Colton has 1-8-9 in his last eight games.

Syracuse has opened up a two point lead on Bingo for fourth in the North Division and they are just three points back of Utica for third, although the Comets hold two games in hand. Most teams in the division hold games in hand on Syracuse in this tight race, so it's incumbent on them to continue streaking if they want to stay in playoff shape.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-21-20 Monsters at Crunch

Crunch get back on track behind five point outburst from ABB.

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SYR-6

Scott Wedgewood allowed 3 goals on 24 shots for the win.

First Period
14:07 SYR Joseph (6), (Barre-Boulet, Colton)

Second Period
3:02 CLE Hannikainen (5), (Fix-Wolansky, Somerby)
6:10 SYR Barre-Boulet (21), (Joseph, Greco)(PP)
8:32 SYR Abbandonato (5), (Walcott, Barre-Boulet)
14:33 SYR Abbandonato (6), (Volkov, Barre-Boulet)

Third Period
4:11 CLE Troock (2), (MacInnis, Hannikainen)
6:18 SYR Katchouk (12), (Volkov, Raddysh)(PP)
10:31 CLE Hannikainen (6), (MacInnis, Simpson)
19:12 SYR Barre-Boulet (22), (Masin)(EN)

Peter Abbandonato, Alex Barre-Boulet, and Mathieu Joseph were the game's three stars.

ABB's five point night pushes him up, for the moment, to 5th in the league in scoring, 10 points back of Iowa's Gerry Mayhew for the league lead.

Syracuse is now tied with Binghamton for 4th in the North Division at 58 points.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-20-20 Lightning at Golden Knights

All good things...

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VGK-5

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 5 goals on 33 shots for the loss. After having one of the all-time win streaks in NHL history he just had a mediocre performance tonight failing to make some situational saves to give his team a better chance.

First Period
7:02 TB Shattenkirk (8), (Killorn, Palat)
18:05 VGK Martinez (2), (Eakin, Roy)

Second Period
6:45 VGK Stastny (17), (Smith, Schmidt)
15:38 TB Stamkos (28), (Hedman, Cirelli)(PP)
16:39 VGK Stone (21), (Pacioretty, Martinez)

Third Period
0:10 VGK Reaves (7), (unassisted)
0:47 VGK Pacioretty (28), (Stone, Theodore)(PP)
18:00 TB Stamkos (29), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)

It was a lamentable final half of this game, quite frankly, where the Lightning shot themselves in the foot with turnovers and penalty trouble and lost control of a game they were playing well in. Credit to Fleury for holding Vegas into this one in the First Period, and then once they got the Martinez goal late in the First Period they started to grow into it and nullified the Lightning's even strength play. And then the penalty trouble comes in and a really bad shift by Braydon Coburn to start the Third Period and... woof. If there was a silver lining it's the Lightning power play getting of the schnide with a pair of Stamkos markers. It wasn't going to stay in the gutter forever, so hopefully the long term affect of this game is that it was a speed bump for the team's even strength play (especially sans Point), but a jump start for what was ailing the PP.

Mitchell Stephens was -1 in 13:38 and 31% on 16 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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