Cernak, Erik

NHL Game Night: 2-14-19 Stars at Lightning

Shock, awe, and kittens as Lightning deal Dallas a St. Valentine's Day massacre.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 32 shots he faced to tie Ben Bishop's franchise record for career shutouts.

First Period
7:19 TB Stamkos (31), (Palat, Kucherov)(PP)
12:39 TB Sergachev (3), (Kucherov, Point)
12:53 TB Johnson (20), (Stamkos, Palat)
14:40 TB Kucherov (26), (Killorn)

Second Period
8:23 TB Killorn (12), (Stralman, McDonagh)
16:28 TB Stamkos (32), (Kucherov, Point)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos, and Vasilevskiy were the game's three stars.

I think we could've said this definitively after the Calgary game, but tonight's victory clearly puts the post-All Star Break funk in the rear view mirror. People have asked me why I don't write about the 12-in-10 rule for the last twenty or so games. The Lightning now sit at 90 points through 58 games, meaning they need just six points in their final 24 games to likely make the postseason. You know, I think they might just slide in this season.

With graduations out of the way and Erik Cernak still nursing a minor injury, I think this might've been the first game this season with no players classified as prospects in the lineup. When Cernak returns, he needs seven more appearances to likely complete this season's class of Bolt Prospects' Alumni.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-12-19 Flames at Lightning

Lightning crush Flames in measuring stick contest.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 22 shots for the win. He only faced twelve scoring chances all night, so it was a light work night for Vasiy where he got plenty of goal support.

First Period
11:54 TB Point (33), (Miller, Kucherov)(PP)
16:06 TB Paquette (9), (Martel, Callahan)
17:19 TB Kucherov (25), (Stralman, Point)
18:06 CGY Giordano (12), (Lindholm, Gaudreau)(PP)

Second Period
9:13 CGY Monahan (28), (Lindholm)
10:10 TB Cirelli (11), (Kucherov, Gourde)
16:11 TB Gourde (15), (Coburn, Stamkos)

Third Period
5:01 TB Stamkos (30), (Kucherov, Point)(PP)
14:11 CGY Monahan (29), (Lindholm, Gaudreau)(PP)

Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point, and Steven Stamkos were the game's three stars.

Jon Cooper said going into tonight's game he was viewing this as a measuring stick game for his club's overall defensive game going against one of the Western Conference's top teams and one whose speed gave the Lightning some trouble the last time the two teams played. Verdict: Lightning. Even without Ondrej Palat or Erik Cernak in the lineup, the Lightning held the Flames to just twelve scoring chances in the game, eight shots on goal in the first thirty minutes of play, and twenty-two shots in total. It was a tour-de-force that allowed the Lightning to cruise to a solid and definitive victory.

Danick Martel had a helper and was +1 with 2 hits in 10:21. He stays ready. He doesn't play very much, but when his name is called he's impactful.

Adam Erne had 1 shot and 2 hits in 10:24. Had a handful of scoring chances in the Second Period that might've allowed the Lightning to nail the coffin shut on the Flames even earlier than they ultimately did. Tonight marks Erne's graduation from prospect status on the website. That likely just leaves Cernak to round out the 2018-2019 Bolt Prospects Alumni class.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-10-19 Lightning at Panthers

Lightning pull away late in mostly empty building in Sunrise.

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Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 27 shots to record his franchise record 10th straight victory. Louis. Domingue. Right place. Right time.

First Period
4:02 TB Kucherov (23), (Hedman, Stralman)

Second Period
12:08 TB Stamkos (29), (Stralman, Miller)
13:11 FLA Vatrano (19), (Huberdeau, Matheson)
17:51 TB Callahan (6), (Joseph)
18:50 FLA Malgin (6), (Brouwer, Sheahan)

Third Period
4:25 TB Point (32), (Miller, Kucherov)(PP)
19:12 TB Kucherov (24), (Stamkos, Point)(PP)

Nikita Kucherov and Ryan Callahan were the game's first and second stars.

Lightning had good push in the First Period, really was off in the Second Period, and then took the game by the throat in the Third Period, eventually breaking it all the way open on the power play. Sunrise claims 13,566 were in attendance to see it. Disguised as open red seats.

Erik Cernak was -1 with 2 shots, 4 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 21:32.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-9-19 Penguins at Lightning

Despite some anxious moments, Lightning win measuring stick game.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 32 shots for the victory. The stat line isn't exemplary, but several of Andrei's saves tonight were.

First Period
13:36 PIT Wilson (1), (Blueger, Cullen)
15:02 TB Gourde (14), (Point, Hedman)
15:59 TB Cernak (2), (Paquette, Coburn)

Second Period
7:42 TB Cirelli (10), (Killorn, McDonagh)(SH)
8:31 PIT McCann (10), (Rust)
15:04 PIT Rust (15), (Guentzel)

Third Period
4:54 TB Johnson (19), (Palat, Stamkos)
14:03 TB Miller (9), (Killorn, Cirelli)
15:22 PIT Pearson (9), (Crosby)

Tyler Johnson, J.T. Miller, and Erik Cernak were the game's three stars.

This was a physical game that the Lightning clearly had earmarked as a measuring stick heading through the second half toward the playoffs. It was far from a clean game for the Lightning from the standpoint of managing the puck and limiting scoring chances, but ultimately they got to win. And, the way they got it was by a lot of guys who haven't scored much in a while getting healthy: Gourde, Cirelli, Johnson, and Miller. That's how you end the offensive drought.

Adam Erne was +1 with 15 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 3 hits in 9:32. You saw the role they envision for him come playoff time, and his next game will mark his graduation from prospect status on the site.

Cernak had a goal and was +3 with 3 shots, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 21:31. I like the defenseman rotation. I don't like Cernak being in it, though. He needs to be a regular first choice by the coaching staff. They're a far better team when he's in.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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