Cirelli, Anthony

NHL Game Night: 12-10-18 Rangers at Lightning

Lightning wear out weary Rangers.

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TB-6

Louis Domingue allowed 3 goals on 26 shots for the win. Slip into some goal support and get comfortable.

First Period
12:19 NYR Hayes (6), (Strome, Namestnikov)
14:09 TB Stamkos (13), (Hedman, Miller)(PP)
15:07 NYR Hayes (7), (Vesey)

Second Period
6:19 TB Stamkos (14), (Hedman, Point)(PP)
12:42 TB McDonagh (3), (Point, Kucherov)

Third Period
10:17 TB Cirelli (7), (Cernak)
10:41 TB Stamkos (15), (Palat, Coburn)
17:34 NYR Fast (3), (Chytil)
19:21 TB Cirelli (8), (Killorn, Miller)(EN)

Steven Stamkos and Ryan McDonagh were the game's first and third stars. Stamkos with the hat trick and his 700th NHL point, as well as setting the Lightning record for hat tricks with nine of them.

I give the young Rangers some credit for hanging around as long as they did in this game. As mismatched as they are on paper, to lose a d-man and have to play short in the back was just a death sentence against this deep Lightning team. They were running on fumes in the Third Period when Cirelli finally unlocked the flood gates, and that was all she wrote.

Mathieu Joseph had 1 shot and 2 hits in 10:45.

Anthony Cirelli had 2 goals and was +2 with 5 shots and 1 hit in 16:16. He was also 50% on 10 draws. Great individual play to force the turnover and then deke Lundqvist on the key goal in the game. He's suddenly got eight goals on the campaign and he might start flirting with a 20 goal pace, too.

Erik Cernak had a helper and was +1 with 5 penalty minutes, 4 shots, and 2 hits in 15:42. His IT went lower tonight due to the fight he won against Beleskey, and he seemed really assertive offensively tonight. He's really showing surprising ability on that end of the rink given he's never really been a big point producer in junior or the AHL. It helps when you play with McDonagh, which is a heck of a security blanket for a young player. Guy Boucher might've called that "psychological safety."

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 12-8-18 Avalanche at Lightning

No mercy.

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TB-7

Louis Domingue allowed 1 very soft goal on 30 shots for the victory. It didn't matter. This team in playing like a juggernaut.

First Period
3:05 TB Stamkos (11), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)
13:15 TB Stamkos (12), (unassisted)
14:14 COL MacKinnon (20), (Landeskog, Rantanen)
16:26 TB Johnson (12), (Point, Girardi(

Second Period
2:00 TB Killorn (6), (Gourde, Stamkos)
7:59 TB Palat (1), (Stamkos, Sergachev)
10:01 TB Cirelli (6), (Coburn)

Third Period
3:29 TB Palat (2), (Johnson, Miller)(PP)

Steven Stamkos, Ondrej Palat, and Tyler Johnson were the game's three stars. My goodness, just when you thought the Lightning couldn't get any more potent, Ondrej Palat jumps up and scores his first couple of goals of the campaign. Imagine if Palat starts playing vintage Palat 200-foot hockey and contributing regularly.

This year feels different. I don't want to say too much more because I don't want to jinx it. Just... this year feels different.

Mathieu Joseph had 3 shots in 15:57. If he starts routinely getting ~15 minutes a night it'll be interesting to see if his production scales up accordingly.

Anthony Cirelli had a goal and was +1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 12:46. He was also 57% on 7 draws.

Erik Cernak had 2 shots and 6 hits in 19:36.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 12-6-18 Bruins at Lightning

Lightning close out third 10-game segment of the season with a Third Period flourish.

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TB-3

Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 35 shots for the win. I think having a little rest by getting the night off against Detroit did him a lot of good. He just looked sharper and more comfortable tonight. Rested and ready.

First Period
2:04 BOS Pastrnak (20), (Cave)
14:59 TB Point (21), (Kucherov, Johnson)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
2:40 TB Joseph (9), (Killorn, Girardi)
4:03 TB Cirelli (5), (unassisted)(SH)
18:15 BOS Krejci (3), (Pastrnak, Backes)

Mathieu Joseph and Domingue were the game's first and second stars.

It was a 50/50 game for 40 minutes, and then the Lightning just flipped the switch and absolutely seemed to take over in the Third Period. The shot totals don't reflect it because of late score effects, but Tampa Bay seemed to just blow the doors off Boston when money time came.

With 30 games in the books the Lightning now have 45 points, meaning they're a stylish 9 points ahead of minimum pace to make the playoffs. That's good stuff as they reset going into the fourth 10-game segment with the task of once again trying to get at least 12 points over this next stretch. 12 in 10, do it again.

Joseph had a goal and was +1 with 2 shots, 4 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 13:00. Tonight was a big IT game for him and he still only got 13 minutes, which is remarkable when you consider he's flirting with a 20 goal pace on 11-12 minutes of ice time a night. Beautiful finish in tight to slip it through Rask in close quarters tonight.

Anthony Cirelli had a SH goal and was +2 with 1 shot and 1 hit and he was 70% on 10 draws. He absolutely abused Rask on the deke for his shorthander.

Erik Cernak had 1 shot and 4 hits in 20:00 flat.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 12-4-18 Lightning at Red Wings

Yet another franchise that can't get out of their way against the Lightning no matter what the odds are gets demoralized by Tampa Bay.

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DET-5 (SO)

Eddie Pasquale allowed 5 goals on 24 shots before stopping 2 of 3 in the Shootout for the win in his first NHL start. I'm on the record as saying I'd have given Connor Ingram this start because he's the legit NHL prospect. I don't think Pasquale did much to make me a liar the way he leaked some soft goals and big rebounds all game, but in the end he stepped it up in the SO and got the victory.

First Period
16:54 DET Nyquist (5), (Larkin)
17:15 DET Nielsen (2), (Athanasiou)

Second Period
5:10 TB Joseph (7), (Callahan)
11:37 TB Joseph (8), (Gourde)
13:33 DET Nielsen (3), (Witkowski)
14:27 TB Stamkos (10), (Callahan)
16:26 DET Nielsen (4), (Athanasiou)

Third Period
4:06 DET Nyquist (6), (Larkin, Abdelkader)
9:50 TB Miller (6), (Sergachev)
14:58 TB Paquette (7), (Joseph)(SH)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
TB- Hedman, Kucherov
DET- Nyquist

Mathieu Joseph was the game's second star. Well deserved.

Tampa Bay's on the downside of a back-to-back playing their organization's fourth string goaltender, in essence, and Detroit had a pair of two goal leads in this game. Easiest thing in the world would've been for the Lightning to just get back on the bus. But, the depth and the want-to still overcame all the obstacles and picked up another two points.

Joseph with a cream of the crop stat line: 2 goals, 1 assist, +4, 2 shots, and 1 hit in 12:15. His most impactful NHL game thus far. Made an outstanding individual play on his first goal on a one handed chip over the netminder that had shades of that classic Vincent Lecavalier goal against the Thrashers back in the day. Got a tap in from a foot out after Gourde forced a turnover behind the cage and Joseph had an open net to shoot into. And then he set up the big SH tying goal by Paquette by sucking two defenders to him with his speed and hustle so the puck could squirt to the wide open chance for Dump Truck. Tour de force. He's flirting with a 20 goal pace and he's only playing 11-12 minutes a game.

Anthony Cirelli was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 14:57 and he was 50% on 10 draws.

Erik Cernak had 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in a personal high 21:55 of ice time. Played well soaking up the extra responsibility tonight.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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