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NHL Game Night: 11-3-18 Lightning at Canadiens

Lightning toy with Montreal like a cat toys with a mouse.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed just 1 goal on 35 shots for the victory. Really played solid at several moments of the game, most notably the first half of the First Period and the Second Period, when the team in front of him looked a little disinterested.

First Period
0:58 MTL Domi (7), (unassisted)
13:42 TB Stamkos (3), (Kucherov)
16:24 TB Miller (4), (Stralman)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
0:52 TB Stamkos (4), (Kucherov, Stralman)
15:57 TB Gourde (5), (Point, Stralman)

Vasilevskiy, Steven Stamkos, and Anton Stralman were the game's three stars.

Tonight was a pretty stark illustration of the talent gap between these two teams. Montreal played really hard tonight for sixty minutes and still got smoked by a Lightning club that, frankly, took half the game off. The First Period was a case study in what good teams can do to frustrate the efforts of upstart underdogs. The Lightning came out really flat and quickly were down 1-0 and getting dominated until Nicolas Deslauriers took an ill-advised boarding call. Stamkos scored just after the end of the expiration of that PP, as good teams do when you give them opportunities, and all of Montreal's hard work went squandered. Vasilevskiy played well in a lax Second Period to preserve the 2-1 lead the Lightning carried out of the opening frame, and then the Lightning decided to finish off the Habs and did so pretty clinically in the Third Period. #Habsband play Taps.

Mathieu Joseph had 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and 2 hits in 12:42.

Slater Koekkoek was +1 with 2 shots, 1 hit, and 5 blocked shots in 14:34. Had another pretty good game tonight.

Anthony Cirelli had 3 hits and 2 blocked shots in 14:22. He was also 60% on 15 draws.

Adam Erne had 1 shot and 3 hits in 11:23.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-1-18 Predators at Lightning

Details matter a lot against really good teams.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 23 shots for the loss. I didn't think any of the three goals were his fault. Ultimately he lost a duel with the reigning Vezina winner.

First Period
6:02 NSH Turris (3), (Ekholm, Jarnkrok)
19:53 NSH Josi (3), (Johansen, Ellis)

Second Period
14:21 TB Koekkoek (1), (Killorn, Cirelli)

Third Period
16:42 NSH Jarnkrok (3), (Johansen)
17:36 NSH Salomaki (2), (Hartman, Turris)(EN)

Mathieu Joseph was the game's second star.

The better team was in the blue jerseys tonight. Even with Hedman out of the lineup the Lightning outshot/outpossessed Nashville by a 43-24 margin. But, tonight was another reminder that details matter against good teams and when they've got a goaltender playing well they only need you to make a handful of mistakes to steal a win. In that respect, although I don't think the intensity was quite to a playoff level, this was kind of like a low scoring, high stakes playoff game. Late in the First Period, all it took was for Steven Stamkos to switch off mentally for a second in defensive zone coverage and, boom, there's the GWG. So, I'd say the coaching staff got a handful of things to really harp on in video session, but the overall effort was good and the team shouldn't get too down on themselves.

Joseph was -1 with 4 shots and 3 hits in 13:39. He set up the only Lightning goal with some tenacious forechecking and had a couple of good chances on his own. His line was one of the two lines that was really playing extra well tonight.

Slater Koekkoek had a goal and 3 shots in 17:21. He's rounding into form nicely now that the rust has fallen off.

Anthony Cirelli had a helper, 2 hits, 1 blocked shot, and was 90% on 10 draws in 13:50. As noted, his line played really well tonight.

Adam Erne had 1 shot, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 11:59.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 10-30-18 Devils at Lightning

In the most desperate of moments, the Lightning deploy their secret weapon.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the victory. May all your days be blessed with goal support.

First Period
1:01 NJ Wood (1), (Vatanen, Mueller)
5:04 NJ Zajac (3), (Wood)
7:30 TB Coburn (1), (Point, Gourde)
13:30 TB Coburn (2), (Paquette, Erne)

Second Period
0:31 TB Point (7), (Gourde, Johnson)
6:33 TB Kucherov (4), (McDonagh, Stamkos)(PP)
8:08 TB Stamkos (2), (Kucherov, Point)(PP)
16:47 NJ Palmieri (9), (Hall, Butcher)(PP)

Third Period
3:40 TB Johnson (5), (Point, McDonagh)
5:02 TB Kucherov (5), (Miller, Stamkos)
5:51 TB McDonagh (1), (Point, Gourde)

Brayden Point, Braydon Coburn, and Nikita Kucherov were the game's three stars.

Coming off a 7-1 defeat on the road the Lightning found themselves down 2-0 after struggling with early turnover issues. In the darkest hour and the bleakest night, the Lightning did the unthinkable. They pressed the red button. They deployed the secret weapon. The doomsday device. Braydon Coburn. And when the smoke cleared, and the damage was tallied and totaled, 8-3 Lightning.

The Lightning showed remarkable poise that a less experienced and talented team might not have shown coming off a big clunker and falling into a big early hole. It says a lot about the Lightning that they were able to crawl out of the gutter and they were able to do so by playing the right way. To get to 44 shots on goal even without Victor Hedman in the lineup is wonderful. Put aside the eight goals, because a lot of nights the goaltending in this league simply won't give you the payoff like that. 44 shots shows you the Lightning got their possession game rolling, and that's a recipe for sustainable success.

Mathieu Joseph had 1 shot and 4 hits in 14:23.

Slater Koekkoek was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, 3 hits, and 4 blocked shots in 15:11.

Anthony Cirelli had 2 shots and 2 hits in 15:12 and was 57% on 14 draws.

Adam Erne had a helper and 2 shots in 12:05.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 10-27-18 Lightning at Coyotes

Road weary Lightning run out of gas in the desert.

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Louis Domingue allowed 7 goals on 30 shots for the loss. I feel sick for the guy, because I'm sure he'd have crawled over broken glass to beat his old organization. The team in front of Domingue gave up way too many odd man rushes and shorthanded chances tonight and Arizona for plenty of puck luck, too. It's a witches brew that led to seven goals against.

First Period
6:55 ARI Oeseterle (1), (Richardson, Hinostroza)
8:51 ARI Keller (5), (Demers, Galchenyuk)
12:57 ARI Stepan (1), (Perlini, Goligoski)

Second Period
8:26 ARI Hinostroza (3), (Goligoski, Raanta)
11:48 ARI Grabner (1), (Richardson)(SH)

Third Period
8:59 ARI Grabner (2), (unassisted)(SH)
9:27 TB Erne (1), (Johnson, Gourde)(PP)
12:50 ARI Panik (1), (unassisted)

The Lightning ran out of gas on this road trip that's spanned five games and several time zones in the Third Period in their last game against Las Vegas. After a decent initial push in the first five minutes tonight it was clear pretty quickly they had nothing left to give. It didn't help that the team was without Victor Hedman who is down for at least a week after getting rocked pretty hard in the Vegas game, but that's not why the team lost. It just probably exacerbated the problems in a game that you kind of feared might be a "schedule loss" coming into it. Fortunately, the Lightning did well enough on the trip that a single night of buzzard's luck won't kill them, provided they can rebound when they get back on home ice.

The team finished their first ten game segment of the season with 15 points, giving them three insurance points as they role into the second ten game segment of the year. At least twelve in ten, now do it again.

Mathieu Joseph had 4 shots and 4 hits in 13:30.

Slater Koekkoek was -2 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 15:27. I'm not going to judge a guy one way or the other who hasn't seen game action since the preseason now that we're ten games into the season.

Anthony Cirelli was -2 with 4 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 13:47. He was also 43% on 14 draws.

Adam Erne drew back in with Ondrej Palat also out hurt, and he had a goal and was -2 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 blocked shot in 15:00. With the game out of hand, the coaching staff seemed to feed Erne some extra minutes (Koekkoek too), so that may have some utility down the road. I'd like to say Erne's goal was some sort of silver lining in the black cloud, but the truth is it was a goofy bounce you almost feel bad taking credit for.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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