Cirelli, Anthony

NHL Game Night: 11-25-18 Devils at Lightning

Another no-contest as Lightning make swift work of Devils.

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Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 35 shots for the victory. One of those goals should've been waved off for goaltender interference but, frankly, the league was trying to artificially inject some interest in the game. The second was a goal off the rush Domingue probably wants back.

First Period
3:19 TB Killorn (3), (Joseph)
7:21 TB Point (16), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)
9:15 TB Johnson (10), (Point, Kucherov)
9:39 NJ Noesen (2), (Seney)
11:25 TB Paquette (4), (Callahan, Girardi)

Second Period
8:30 TB Point (17), (unassisted)

Third Period
5:21 NJ Bratt (1), (unassisted)

Brayden Point, Nikita Kucherov, and Ryan McDonagh were the game's three stars. Brayden Point's going to mess around and win himself a Hart Trophy at this rate.

That's back-to-back games where the Lightning absolutely blew the competition off the ice from the word "go" and unlike the Chicago game you can't ascribe this one as much to the lack of quality in the opponent. Yes, New Jersey's essentially a one line team. But, they're far more organized and professional than the Blackhawks are right now and Tampa Bay still completely dismantled them in less than twenty minutes.

Mathieu Joseph had a helper and was +2 with 3 shots and 1 hit in 11:46. Made a great hustle play to set up the opening goal and later in the game nearly had a goal of his own with Schneider making a lucky stop off the shaft of his goal stick.

Anthony Cirelli was +1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 14:12. He was also 38% on 13 draws.

Adam Erne had 1 shot and 2 hits in 10:44.

Erik Cernak was +1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 17:00.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-23-18 Blackhawks at Lightning

Lightning dispose of the corpse of the Blackhawks. Quickly.

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Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the victory. He got the big goal support in the First Period and then stood up to the onslaught of score effects from there on out.

First Period
0:29 TB Johnson (8), (Kucherov, Cernak)
7:15 TB Johnson (9), (Point, Kucherov)
10:05 TB Point (15), (Kucherov, Cernak)
11:10 CHI Anisimov (3), (Debrincat, Schmaltz)
14:52 TB Callahan (3), (McDonagh)

Second Period
18:49 CHI Toews (11), (Keith)

Third Period
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Nikita Kucherov, Tyler Johnson, and Brayden Point were the game's three stars.

Chicago's awful. I don't think there's another team in the league that's as soft defensively as Chicago is. It felt like if the Lightning had stayed interested for 60 minutes they'd have been able to hit double-digits in goals. As it was, this game was over and done before the final horn for the First Period sounded.

Mathieu Joseph was -1 with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 11:21.

Anthony Cirelli was -1 1 shot and 1 hit in 13:23. He was also 43% on 7 draws.

Adam Erne was +1 with 2 shots in 12:26.

Erik Cernak had 2 helpers and was +3 with 2 shots, 5 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 16:45. There's not a darn thing wrong with that stat line.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-21-18 Panthers at Lightning

Sarah McLachlan very upset with Stamkos for repeatedly abusing Cats tonight.

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Louis Domingue allowed 3 goals on 43 shots for the victory. The first goal he allowed was of the Charmin soft variety, but he really started to settle down and get in a groove as the game progressed. He didn't face a ton of A-quality chances, but he did face a steady volume of shots that I thought he got more and more comfortable handling as the night wore on. Sweet, sweet goal support never hurts either.

First Period
0:59 TB Joseph (5), (unassisted)
2:19 FLA Brouwer (5), (Haley, Sceviour)
9:22 TB Kucherov (9), (Hedman, Miller)(PP)

Second Period
2:37 TB Gourde (9), (Stamkos, Miller)
4:45 TB Erne (3), (Kucherov, McDonagh)
18:25 FLA Barkov (7), (Huberdeau, Yandle)(PP)

Third Period
1:30 TB Stamkos (7), (Kucherov, McDonagh)
3:21 TB McDonagh (2), (Stamkos, Miller)
14:25 TB Girardi (1), (Hedman, Stamkos)
16:25 FLA Hoffman (10), (Yandle, Huberdeau)(PP)

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

Fair to say that was Stamkos' best game of the season, and it's not even close. On a night honoring Martin St. Louis' HOF induction, his former linemate Stamkos put on a show that reminded us all what a fine wine vintage Stamkos is. Jon Cooper broke up the Stamkos/Kucherov duo at even strength and both proceeded to have better than typical games with Stamkos exploding for four points in an absolute tour de force. That smell you smell is the rest of the NHL needing to change their undergarments after realizing that the Lightning were leading the East with a considerably subpar Stamkos and Kucherov. If they start playing to past standards and get some guys back off IR, they go from really good to great in a hurry.

Mathieu Joseph had a goal and was +1 with 5 shots in 11:14. Could've easily had three or four goals in this game as the Panthers D looked like glorified turnstiles trying to deal with Joseph's speed around the corner.

Anthony Cirelli was +1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 14:02. He was also 67% on 12 draws.

Adam Erne had a goal, 4 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 2 hits in 11:51. Those penalties were, well, let's just say the refs were trying to give the Panthers trophies for trying tonight.

Erik Cernak was +3 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 17:03.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-19-18 Lightning at Predators

Ferocious comeback bid falls just short.

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Louis Domingue allowed 3 goals on 34 shots for the loss. I thought he was a little deep in his net on the second Nashville goal off the rush, and when two really good teams meet, the margin can be that razor thin sometimes.

First Period
5:10 TB Hedman (4), (Point, Cernak)
15:19 NSH Turris (5), (Jarnkrok, Ekholm)(PP)

Second Period
6:43 NSH Forsberg (13), (Ekholm, Johansen)
10:16 NSH Johansen (4), (Smith, Josi)

Third Period
3:25 TB Kucherov (8), (Point, McDonagh)

At the end of the night, the Lightning just didn't have enough possession for the first 40 minutes of this game to break down Rinne. Against a very good goaltender, you need a volume of shots and chances and the Lightning did not have that in the first two frames. It's even more important when you're having to ride your backup with Vasilevskiy out: a good offense really will be the best defense for the Lightning right now.

Mathieu Joseph had 1 shot and 1 hit in 12:53.

Slater Koekkoek was +1 with 1 blocked shot in 9:37. Blink and you'd miss him.

Anthony Cirelli had 2 shots, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 15:45. But, he was also 22% on 9 draws tonight.

Adam Erne had 3 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 9:28. I get that he's not completely flawless with his decision making in the Lightning's half of the net, but his offensive game looks like it's really coming to a boil now. He gets second unit power play time, and that's nice, but I think he's even more effective at even strength and I wonder when he'll get a spot opportunity on a higher line. I think he's ready for it.

Erik Cernak had his first NHL point on a helper, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 10:22.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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