Erne, Adam

NHL Game Night: 2-22-18 Lightning at Senators

We can neither confirm nor deny the Lightning abducted Erik Karlsson after the game.

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Louis Domingue allowed 3 goals on 36 shots for the victory. Should've been 2 on 36, but a charity decision by Toronto reversed a goaltender interference call that originally waved off the first goal allowed in the Third Period.

First Period
9:31 TB Johnson (17), (Kunitz, Gourde)
14:54 OTT Dzingel (16), (Stone, Brassard)
16:26 TB Hedman (9), (Kucherov, Namestnikov)

Second Period
3:37 TB Namestnikov (20), (Kucherov, Stamkos)
19:59 TB Point (24), (Gourde, Killorn)

Third Period
8:11 OTT Borowiecke (Ryan, Ceci)
17:44 OTT Brassard (18), (Stone, Karlsson)(PP)

Vladislav Namestnikov and Yanni Gourde were the game's first and second stars.

Kind of a common game for the pre-deadline dog days of this season for the Lightning: built a 3 goal lead through 40 minutes and then sleepwalk through a lackluster garbage time before eventually snagging the two points. The Lightning keep doing just what they need to do in very workmanlike fashion. Very few of these games look like Picassos, but I'm not expecting any more masterpieces until maybe midway through March when the roster will be different and the team is tuning up for the postseason.

Slater Koekkoek was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 7:49.

Adam Erne is -1 with 2 shots and 3 hits in 7:44.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-20-18 Lightning at Capitals

Lightning jump on Caps early to seal successful segment six.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 37 shots for the victory. The Lightning got him the lead through 20 minutes, and then he had to be occasionally brilliant the rest of the way to get it over the finish line as the team was outshot 29-11 the rest of the way.

First Period
2:30 TB Point (22), (Callahan, Gourde)(PP)
16:00 TB Kunitz (10), (Sustr, Callahan)
17:52 TB Point (23), (Stralman)

Second Period
9:32 WSH Eller (12), (Orlov, Connolly)(PP)

Third Period
11:02 WSH Ovechkin (36), (Niskanen)
12:58 TB Kucherov (32), (Coburn)

Brayden Point and Ryan Callahan were the game's first and second stars.

It was almost a perfect road game really, in the respect that the Lightning jumped all over the Caps from the opening puck drop and staked themselves to the quick 3-0 lead. Ideally they would've held that 3 goal advantage through 40 minutes to make it easy on themselves, but they couldn't quite make that work as the final two frames were essentially a score effects-fest with the Caps chasing the game pretty hard. You depend on your best players to get the put away goal in that scenario, and Kucherov did just that with his no-move move against Holtby on the breakaway to seal the W.

The win delivers Tampa Bay it's 12th point in the 10th and final game of segment six of the season. Success. The Lightning has two more 10-game segments left in the season and 11 insurance points still in the bank. That means we can peg an unofficial magic number of about 13 points left to grab as a minimum to make the postseason with 22 games left to go on the schedule. That's commanding position, to be sure.

Adam Erne had 2 hits in 9:37.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL game Night: 2-17-18 Devils at Lightning

Goaltending betrays Lightning and buoys Devils.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 28 shots for the loss. His first goal against was a bad angle softie that ended up being the margin of defeat (as softies often are) and you'd have liked him to get one or two of the other goals he allowed in unscreened situations essentially eyeball to eyeball with the shooter.

First Period
2:59 NJ Lovejoy (2), (unassisted)
12:41 TB Kunitz (9), (Callahan)

Second Period
2:47 TB Point (21), (Gourde, Sergachev)(PP)
3:13 NJ Hischier (12), (Hall, Vatanen)
6:27 NJ Zacha (5), (Vatanen, Lovejoy)(SH)

Third Period
1:24 NJ Wood (16), (Noesen)
5:15 TB Stamkos (24), (Hedman, Kucherov)(PP)

Nikita Kucherov was the game's second star.

On balance, the Lightning deserved better. They outshot New Jersey 51-28 and it took Eddie Lack standing on his head at times to keep the Devils in the game. Unfortunately, you contrast that with a subpar night at the other end for Vasilevskiy, and that's how you end up with this result.

Of course, you could argue things would've been different had the refs given Miles Wood the gate for boarding he deserved in the Second Period in a horrific sequence where he left his feet to clean out Namestnikov and then punched Sustr and busted him open with Sustr's broken visor. Problem is: the Lightning still got a PP out of the sequence and promptly surrendered the go-ahead shorthanded goal to Pavel Zacha. They have to be better there.

Adam Erne had 2 shots and 2 hits in 8:44. He's exciting anytime he has the puck on the move in the offensive third.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-15-18 Red Wings at Lightning

Lightning find the elixir in the form of the downtrodden Wings.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 39 shots for the victory.

First Period
3:55 TB Stamkos (22), (Hedman, Kucherov)
7:05 TB Kucherov (31), (Namestnikov, Hedman)(PP)

Second Period
18:08 TB Stamkos (23), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)
19:29 DET Tatar (15), (Kronwall, Bertuzzi)(PP)

Third Period
1:35 TB Killorn (11), (Kucherov, Point)

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

That's 11 straight wins against Detroit. Do I love allowing 39 shots in this game? No. Did it matter? Not when the Lightning are playing a team that, by the transitive property, Vinik can now claim he also owns.

With two games remaining in this 10-game segment of the season, the Lightning need just 2 points to hit the magic 12 point mark for the segment. Perhaps more to the point, the unofficial magic number for clinching the playoffs has been winnowed to 15 points with the win. In other words, they could play .313 hockey the rest of the way and still probably make the postseason.

Still, Yzerman needs to get these guys a RHD and centerman who can win some draws.

Matthew Peca had 2 hits and 1 blocked shot in 8:33 and was 40% on 5 draws.

Adam Erne had 1 hit in 9:10.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-13-18 Lightning at Sabres

Time for a little soul searching.

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Louis Domingue allowed 4 goals on 32 shots for the loss.

First Period
6:25 BUF Baptiste (2), (Girgensons)
13:23 TB Gourde (22), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)

Second Period
1:16 BUF Reinhart (12), (O'Reilly, Rodrigues)(PP)
13:19 TB Namestnikov (19), (unassisted)
15:47 BUF Wilson (4), (Nelson, Antipin)

Third Period
3:41 BUF O'Reilly (18), (Okposo, Ristolainen)(PP)
11:36 TB Callahan (3), (Sergachev, Point)
19:52 BUF Reinhart (13), (O'Reilly)(EN)

Nikita Kucherov was the game's third star.

As a general rule, it's never as good or as bad as it seems... but losing to an Eichel-less Buffalo Sabres team that simply seemed to want the 2 points more than the Lightning sure does seem pretty bad. The frustrating thing is that the same mistakes keep going uncorrected. The faceoff circles remain a dumpster fire. The penalty kill remains ineffective. Etc. Etc.

Slater Koekkoek was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 blocked shot in a paltry 6:26.

Matthew Peca was -1 with 1 shot in 11:58. He was also 62% on 13 draws, which was a rare bright spot in that department in this game.

Adam Erne was -2 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 9:37. Thought he was pretty dangerous and active in this game.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-12-18 Lightning at Maple Leafs

Valiant comeback bid falls short.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 23 shots for the lost. Not a terribly convincing stat line. This was a rare night where Vasiy was outdueled by his counterpart.

First Period
11:55 TOR Nylander (13), (Matthews, Gardiner)

Second Period
3:08 TOR Nylander (14), (Matthews, Marner)
11:36 TOR Gardiner (4), (Nylander, Matthews)
15:59 TB Killorn (10), (Point, Kucherov)

Third Period
0:58 TB Kucherov (30), (Killorn)
1:18 TB Gourde (21), (Coburn, Stamkos)
4:37 TOR Van Riemsdyk (23), (Bozak)

Nikita Kucherov was the game's third star.

Toronto wins against the run of play with the Lightning outshooting the Leafs 34-23 after a spate of games where they've been upside down on the shot clock. Some of the same old bugs bit the Lightning again to make the difference, though, most notably their subpar performance in the faceoff circles.

Adam Erne was +1 with 3 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 11:40.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-10-18 Kings at Lightning

Vasilarceny on Vincent Lecavalier Night.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 47 shots for the victory. His behind-the-back save on Kopitar in the First Period will be seen on highlight reels from now until the end of time. The saves he made on the Kempe tip and Doughty's shot off the faceoff in the dying moments protecting a one goal game were every bit as impressive.

First Period
1:05 TB Stamkos (21), (Gourde, Johnson)
5:02 LA Brodzinski (4), (Andreoff, Shore)
9:45 TB Killorn (9), (Stamkos, Coburn)

Second Period
3:12 TB Paquette (2), (Callahan)
14:43 TB Kucherov (29), (Hedman)(PP)

Third Period
3:17 LA Clifford (3), (Kopitar, Forbort)
13:05 LA Folin (3), (Andreoff, Shore)

Vasilevskiy and Steven Stamkos were the game's first and second stars.

The Lightning once again, somewhat maddeningly, did what you want to do by staking a three goal lead through 40 minutes and then decided to take the entire final frame off. LA ended up outshooting the Lightning 20-4 in the final period and, by the grace of the puck luck you invite by getting completely dominated on possession, pulled this to within one goal. Only Vasilevskiy pulled this out of the fire, but the bad habits were all over the ice. Time to wake up.

Adam Erne had 1 shot, 2 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 9:09. Made a turnover high in the offensive zone in the Third Period while the Lightning were protecting the lead that the coaching staff won't like. He's got to make the safe play there and spin that puck deep rather than trying to wheel to the high slot with it.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-8-18 Canucks at Lightning

Lightning return home and smoke the Canucks yet again.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 29 shots for the victory.

First Period
14:36 TB Kucherov (28), (Killorn, Hedman)

Second Period
1:38 TB Gourde (20), (Johnson, Sergachev)(PP)
13:40 TB Erne (1), (Sustr, Namestnikov)
17:14 TB Stamkos (20), (Johnson, Gourde)

Third Period
6:28 VAN Boeser (26), (Edler, H. Sedin)(PP)
10:55 VAN Baertschi (12), (Horvat, Edler)
16:21 TB Hedman (8), (Stamkos, Kucherov)(PP)

Yanni Gourde, Nikita Kucherov, and Adam Erne were the game's three stars.

The old saying from the boxing world is "Styles make the fight." Sometimes, though, styles create a mismatch and a horribly lopsided fight and that's been the case between Tampa Bay and Vancouver over the past week. The Lightning have disposed of the Canucks pretty effortlessly building 3-0 leads and 4-0 leads, respectively, in the opening 40 minutes of the two games before embarking into the glory of garbage time. Simply put, I don't think Vancouver's team speed, overall, is good enough to handle what the Lightning bring to the table.

Matthew Peca was -1 with 1 shot in 12:02. He also put up an ugly 17% on 12 draws in the circles tonight. He definitely suffered from having Gourde taken off his line.

Erne had a goal and was +1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 11:11. Showed good hands finishing off the goal on the one-timer. It's a good start to his callup and he needs to play well and flash early and often with so many other worthy candidates sitting in Syracuse also waiting for their shot.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-20-18 Crunch at Comets

Crunch start streaking in the wrong direction.

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Connor Ingram allowed 4 goals on 24 shots for the loss.

First Period
16:58 UTI Boucher (19), (Goldobin, Demko)

Second Period
2:50 UTI Archibald (6), (Darcy, Goldobin)(PP)
5:42 SYR Tammela (2), (Bournival, McBain)(PP)
15:07 UTI Boucher (20), (Darcy, Holm)
17:32 UTI Darcy (2), (Sautner, Goldobin)

Third Period
0:29 SYR Bournival (13), (Cirelli, Walcott)

Adam Erne remains day-to-day, but then again, aren't we all?

At least Jonne Tammela (The Cobra!) potted his second AHL goal.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-19-18 Marlies at Crunch

Erne-less Crunch drop key game against division-leading Marlies.

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Connor Ingram allowed 3 goals on 24 shots for the loss.

First Period
2:25 TOR Moore (6), (Mueller, Rychel)(PP)

Second Period
4:30 TOR Smith (18), (Kapanen, Liljegren)(PP)
10:08 SYR Stephens (14), (Cirelli, Yan)(PP)
15:54 TOR Greening (9), (Marchment, Moore)

Third Period
16:41 TOR Johnsson (16), (Moore)(PP)(EN)

Mitchell Stephens was the game's second star after scoring his team-leading 14th goal of his rookie pro campaign.

Syracuse got Anthony Cirelli and Dennis Yan back in the lineup, but with Adam Erne still nicked up the Syracuse attack continued to sputter tonight against the division leaders from Toronto.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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