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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.

AHL Game Night: 1-17-18 Crunch at Senators

Crunch winning streak snapped in goaltending duel.

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Connor Ingram re-entered the nets for the Crunch after Louis Domingue's return to Tampa Bay and stopped 23 of 25 shots for the OT loss. That snapped a personal six game winning streak for Ingram.

First Period
3:22 SYR Stephens (13), (Joseph, Bodie)(PP)

Second Period[b]
18:55 BEL O'Brien (10), (McCormick, Chlapik)

[b]Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
2:13 BEL McCormick (6), (O'Brien, Burgdoerfer)

The Crunch offense may have been a little off kilter tonight with Adam Erne, Anthony Cirelli, and Dennis Yan all nicked up with injuries and out of the lineup. The club did get Mitchell Stephens' 13th goal of the season, Stephens has quickly and quietly ascended to the top of Syracuse's goalscoring list on the back of seven goals in his last eight games. His roughly three week rampage surely makes him yet another prime recall option for the Lightning's vacant roster spot, whenever they should choose to fill it.

With the point tonight, the Crunch are within three points of Rochester for second in the North Division with a game in hand on the Americans and five points back of first place Toronto with the Marlies holding a game in hand. The team's 9-1-0 run in their last ten games has put them within whisper's distance of catching the division's lead pack, which seemed nearly impossible just a couple of months ago when the team was languishing around last place.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-10-18 Crunch at Devils

Ingram keeps it rolling.

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Connor Ingram allowed just 1 goal on 35 shots for his 5th straight victory. Ingram helped Syracuse overcome a stunning 35-16 shot deficit to get the victory and he's now raised his season save percentage above the proverbial goaltender's Mendoza Line at .901.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
0:49 SYR Bournival (11), (Condra, McBain)(PP)
6:07 SYR Erne (11), (Bournival, McNeill)
13:27 BNG Thomson (3), (Baddock, Jacobs)

Third Period
1:05 SYR McBain (5), (Stephens, Bournival)
3:43 SYR Lynch (9), (Erne)(SH)

Ingram, Michael Bournival, and Adam Erne were the game's three stars.

The Crunch have moved to within 6 points of Rochester for second place in the North Division and 7 points of Toronto for first place with a game in hand on both of those division rivals.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 1-7-18 Crunch at Bruins

Comeback Crunch sweep the weekend.

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

First Period
0:17 SYR Bournival (10), (Erne, Thomas)
12:51 PRO Beleskey (3), (Cave, Cross)
14:31 SYR Peca (8), (Joseph, Walcott)

Second Period
4:36 PRO Cehlarik (5), (Karlsson, Cross)
12:50 PRO Bjork (2), (O'Gara, Karlsson)(PP)

Third Period
3:48 SYR Stephens (10), (Verhaeghe)
7:26 SYR Erne (10), (Lynch)

Adam Erne and Matthew Peca were the game's first and third stars. Both Erne and fellow winger Mitchell Stephens potted their 10th goals of the season. Stephens has 4 goals in the past 3 games and appears to be yet another forward throwing their resume on Steve Yzerman's desk for a second half cup of coffee with Tampa Bay.

With the win, at this hour, the Crunch have clearly separated from the pack behind them and sit on an island in third place in the North Divison 6 points up on Laval and 8 points up on Utica. They sit a full 7 points behind second place Rochester and 9 back of first place Toronto, although they hold a game in hand on the Americans and two games in hand on the Marlies.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Opinion: Lightning at the Halfway Mark

Forty games into a historic 2017-2018 season, let's take a moment to pause, step out of the moment, and take stock of where the club is. Sitting halfway through the campaign expectations for the team, which missed the postseason just a year ago, are sky high for good reason. Not only is the Lightning atop the NHL standings a full 13 points ahead of the pace they need to be in order to make the postseason, but the team leads a bevy of organizational and individual statistical categories.

Let's pump the breaks on prematurely planning a Stanley Cup championship parade, though. There's still half of the regular season and the postseason left to play, and as good as the team is, it's not without blemishes. How General Manager Steve Yzerman addresses those blemishes (or doesn't) and how any potential changes alters team chemistry (or doesn't) will have a lot to say about whether the team lives up to its perceived potential. So, with all of that in mind, let's look at how the team got here, what its weaknesses are, and what might happen next.

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