Erne, Adam

NHL Game Night: 11-29-18 Sabres at Lightning

Dump Truck avenges McDonagh.

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Louis Domingue... was not good, but he made a handful of critical saves in the Third Period to limp over the finish line and get the W. Allowing 4 goals on 22 shots is not a stat line you typically can get away with, needless to say. Those second and fourth goals allowed were just not acceptable. The second goal allowed that climbed up and over him was just laughably bad.

First Period
2:59 TB Girardi (2), (Killorn, Hedman)
8:49 BUF Girgensons (2), (Ristolainen, Elie)
9:45 BUF Reinhart (4), (Eichel, Bogosian)
10:28 TB Killorn (4), (Miller)
15:55 TB Kucherov (10), (Point, Cernak)

Second Period
5:39 BUF Reinhart (5), (Eichel, Nelson)

Third Period
2:29 BUF Thompson (4), (Mittelstadt)
4:12 TB Stamkos (8), (Hedman, Kucherov)(PP)
14:19 TB Paquette (5), (Sergachev, Palat)

Cedric Paquette and Nikita Kucherov were the game's first and second stars, respectively. Fitting for Dump Truck to get the GWG and rub some salt in the wound of a Sabres game that stepped over the line taking Ryan McDonagh out of the game and stepping over the line physically on more than one occasion. Paquette gives as good as he gets, and then scalded the winning snapper on the rush to put away the upstarts from upstate New York.

Complete possession dominance by the Lightning led to a wide disparity in shots and scoring chances, but goaltending can be a great equalizer when you get it... or don't get it. I'll be interested to see if Connor Ingram gets his first NHL game Saturday to give Domingue a little rest.

Describe armageddon in eight words: "The official artisanal cheese of the Buffalo Sabres." What?

Mathieu Joseph was -2 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 2 hits in 11:30.

Anthony Cirelli was +2 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 11:33.

Erik Cernak was -1 with a helper, 3 shots, and 1 blocked shot in 16:59.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-27-18 Ducks at Lightning

Ducks play a pretty perfect road game to upset Lightning.

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Louis Domingue allowed 3 goals on 22 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
12:04 ANA Manson (2), (Henrique, Ritchie)
18:34 TB Point (18), (Kucherov, McDonagh)

Third Period
4:51 ANA Ritchie (2), (Aberg, Kase)(PP)
5:39 ANA Rowney (2), (Pettersson, Aberg)

Brayden Point was the game's third star.

Anaheim was able to pull off a difficult formula tonight playing a pretty perfect road game. They played a very determined, structured defensive game to clog up the neutral zone. So, they made it difficult for the Lightning to gain the zone and they kept the Lightning out to the perimeter as much as possible. They got great goaltending by Miller and they got some puck luck on the game-winning goal. It's not often an opposing team can pull this off the way the Ducks did tonight, but they managed to make it stand up. It happens. One of 82.

Mathieu Joseph had 1 shot in 9:25.

Anthony Cirelli had 1 shot and 1 hit in 12:42 and was 38% on 8 draws.

Adam Erne was -1 with 4 hits in 10:59.

Erik Cernak was +1 with 2 shots, 5 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 18:10.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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
NO SCORING

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.

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