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NHL Game Night: 1-19-19 Sharks at Lightning

Lightning crush Sharks in All-Star Break getaway game.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 39 shots for the victory.

First Period
3:32 TB Joseph (12), (Cirelli, Miller)
17:51 TB Killorn (11), (unassisted)
19:39 SJ Kane (18), (Meier, Thornton)(PP)

Second Period
7:29 TB Gourde (12), (Stamkos, Palat)
12:01 TB Hedman (7), (Kucherov)(PP)

Third Period
5:08 TB Stamkos (25), (Kucherov, McDonagh)
14:15 TB Stamkos (26), (Hedman, Point)(PP)
19:23 SJ Sorensen (10), (Heed, Lebanc)

Steven Stamkos, Mathieu Joseph, and Victor Hedman were the game's three stars.

Tampa Bay improves to a mind-boggling 11-1-0 in games after a defeat. How do you check into the All-Star Break with a 16 point lead on the next closest Eastern Conference rival? That's exactly how.

Joseph had a goal, 4 shots, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 13:02. Tonight was Joseph's 41st appearance of the season, meaning he is graduated from prospect status on the site. How fitting he performed well enough to be a star of the game on his graduation night.

Adam Erne had 1 hit and 2 blocked shots in 10:16.

Erik Cernak was +1 with 3 shots, 7 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 19:32.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 1-15-19 Lightning at Stars

No losing streak shall abide where Vasiy and the kittens reside.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 35 shots he faced for the victory.

First Period
7:55 TB Palat (7), (Stamkos, Gourde)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
9:15 TB Sergachev (2), (Cirelli)

Vasilevskiy, Mikhail Sergachev, and Steven Stamkos were the game's three stars.

This was far from a vintage Lightning performance from a possession standpoint, only managing 8 shots on goal in the final 40 minutes of the contest. Didn't matter. For the second time this season Vasilevskiy followed up a loss with a shutout that annihilated any chance of a losing streak.

Mathieu Joseph had 2 penalty minutes and 6 hits in 9:21.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 1-13-19 Lightning at Islanders

Slow start finally bites the Lightning.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the lost. The third goal allowed was of the softer variety, and probably ultimately cost the Lightning any real shot of coming back in this one.

First Period
1:21 NYI Nelson (16), (Eberle, Barzal)(PP)
4:27 NYI Clutterbuck (3), (Martin, Cizikas)
4:43 NYI Toews (3), (unassisted)

Second Period
11:03 NYI Cizikas (11), (Martin, Clutterbuck)
18:12 TB McDonagh (5), (Stamkos, Palat)

Third Period
NYI Bailey (10), (Lee, Leddy)(EN)

If there's been a single negative to the Lightning's run over the past month and a half it's been a penchant to have sleepy, slow starts. Tonight the Lightning were down 3-0 before five minutes were even gone and they just never recovered playing on the tail end of a back-to-back. That strikes me as an intensity/focus issue, and sometimes it takes a loss like this for the point to be driven home. Unfortunately, the loss also came at the cost of Victor Hedman leaving the game with an apparent concussion after colliding with an official. All around, just a bad night.

Mathieu Joseph was -1 with 3 shots and 1 hit in 11:48.

Adam Erne had 7 hits in 10:14. The scorekeeper in Brooklyn sure does love handing out hits.

Erik Cernak had 2 penalty minutes, 5 shots, and 2 hits in 16:39.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 1-10-19 Hurricanes at Lightning

Tampa Bay breaks through stout Carolina D for comeback win.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 27 shots for the win. Made a handful of big stops to keep the Lightning within shooting distance before the team eventually broke through in the Third Period.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
4:34 CAR Williams (11), (Hamilton, VanReimsdyk)

Third Period
11:56 TB Palat (5), (Stamkos, Point)(PP)
16:45 TB Point (27), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)
19:34 TB Point (28), (Stamkos, Killorn)(EN)

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

Tampa Bay took about half the game to fully adjust to Carolina's speed and structure, including a pancake flat First Period, and looked in real danger of being shutout in this contest. But, what makes this year's Lightning different is most teams can't go 60 minutes with them before the Lightning's depth eventually cracks them. Carolina took some penalties in the Third Period as the Lightning ratcheted up the pressure and they ultimately paid the price.

Mathieu Joseph had 1 shot in 9:24. Made a gorgeous pass to Brayden Point to spring him for an apparent breakaway goal that was disallowed for an offside with Tyler Johnson jumping off the ice. It's a shame, because Joseph had a really strong shift and looked like he'd gotten the payoff.

Adam Erne had 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and 2 hits in 9:06.

Erik Cernak was +1 with 2 shots, 5 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 19:14. Drew one of the key penalties in the Third Period keeping a puck at the blueline and slashing toward the slot.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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