Joseph, Mathieu

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.

NHL Game Night: 11-21-18 Panthers at Lightning

Sarah McLachlan very upset with Stamkos for repeatedly abusing Cats tonight.

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Louis Domingue allowed 3 goals on 43 shots for the victory. The first goal he allowed was of the Charmin soft variety, but he really started to settle down and get in a groove as the game progressed. He didn't face a ton of A-quality chances, but he did face a steady volume of shots that I thought he got more and more comfortable handling as the night wore on. Sweet, sweet goal support never hurts either.

First Period
0:59 TB Joseph (5), (unassisted)
2:19 FLA Brouwer (5), (Haley, Sceviour)
9:22 TB Kucherov (9), (Hedman, Miller)(PP)

Second Period
2:37 TB Gourde (9), (Stamkos, Miller)
4:45 TB Erne (3), (Kucherov, McDonagh)
18:25 FLA Barkov (7), (Huberdeau, Yandle)(PP)

Third Period
1:30 TB Stamkos (7), (Kucherov, McDonagh)
3:21 TB McDonagh (2), (Stamkos, Miller)
14:25 TB Girardi (1), (Hedman, Stamkos)
16:25 FLA Hoffman (10), (Yandle, Huberdeau)(PP)

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

Fair to say that was Stamkos' best game of the season, and it's not even close. On a night honoring Martin St. Louis' HOF induction, his former linemate Stamkos put on a show that reminded us all what a fine wine vintage Stamkos is. Jon Cooper broke up the Stamkos/Kucherov duo at even strength and both proceeded to have better than typical games with Stamkos exploding for four points in an absolute tour de force. That smell you smell is the rest of the NHL needing to change their undergarments after realizing that the Lightning were leading the East with a considerably subpar Stamkos and Kucherov. If they start playing to past standards and get some guys back off IR, they go from really good to great in a hurry.

Mathieu Joseph had a goal and was +1 with 5 shots in 11:14. Could've easily had three or four goals in this game as the Panthers D looked like glorified turnstiles trying to deal with Joseph's speed around the corner.

Anthony Cirelli was +1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 14:02. He was also 67% on 12 draws.

Adam Erne had a goal, 4 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 2 hits in 11:51. Those penalties were, well, let's just say the refs were trying to give the Panthers trophies for trying tonight.

Erik Cernak was +3 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 17:03.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-19-18 Lightning at Predators

Ferocious comeback bid falls just short.

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Louis Domingue allowed 3 goals on 34 shots for the loss. I thought he was a little deep in his net on the second Nashville goal off the rush, and when two really good teams meet, the margin can be that razor thin sometimes.

First Period
5:10 TB Hedman (4), (Point, Cernak)
15:19 NSH Turris (5), (Jarnkrok, Ekholm)(PP)

Second Period
6:43 NSH Forsberg (13), (Ekholm, Johansen)
10:16 NSH Johansen (4), (Smith, Josi)

Third Period
3:25 TB Kucherov (8), (Point, McDonagh)

At the end of the night, the Lightning just didn't have enough possession for the first 40 minutes of this game to break down Rinne. Against a very good goaltender, you need a volume of shots and chances and the Lightning did not have that in the first two frames. It's even more important when you're having to ride your backup with Vasilevskiy out: a good offense really will be the best defense for the Lightning right now.

Mathieu Joseph had 1 shot and 1 hit in 12:53.

Slater Koekkoek was +1 with 1 blocked shot in 9:37. Blink and you'd miss him.

Anthony Cirelli had 2 shots, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 15:45. But, he was also 22% on 9 draws tonight.

Adam Erne had 3 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 9:28. I get that he's not completely flawless with his decision making in the Lightning's half of the net, but his offensive game looks like it's really coming to a boil now. He gets second unit power play time, and that's nice, but I think he's even more effective at even strength and I wonder when he'll get a spot opportunity on a higher line. I think he's ready for it.

Erik Cernak had his first NHL point on a helper, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 10:22.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-15-18 Lightning at Penguins

Lightning power play annihilates Penguins.

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Louis Domingue allowed 3 goals on 31 shots for the victory. Never looked entirely comfortable in his first start as the #1 with Vasiy out with the fractured foot, but he battled and got the W. Hopefully he settles down for this next stretch.

First Period
10:33 PIT Hornqvist (6), (Kessel, Letang)(PP)
13:49 PIT Kessel (9), (Malkin, Hornqvist)(PP)
19:57 TB Point (10), (Johnson, Kucherov)(PP)

Second Period
0:41 TB Point (11), (Stamkos, Kucherov)(PP)
1:28 TB Point (12), (Miller, Kucherov)(PP)
4:29 PIT Hornqvist (7), (Malkin)
7:56 TB Gourde (8), (Sergachev, Killorn)

Third Period
NO SCORING

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

This game had the makings of a blood bath until the Penguins surrendered a 5-on-3 late in the First Period that Brayden Point cashed to instigate the start of four straight successful power play efforts for the team and a hat trick for Brayden. And once the Lightning got a little momentum, they played with a lot of confidence against a very talented Penguins team.

With the win, the Lightning have grabbed 12 points in this second 10-game segment of the season, so it's another successful stretch with one game remaining in the segment to try to add some more insurance points to the ledger.

Mathieu Joseph had 2 penalty minutes and 2 hits in 12:38. He got boarded pretty hard in the game and looked a little shaky thereafter.

Anthony Cirelli had 2 shots, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 16:21. He was also 73% on 11 draws.

Adam Erne had 2 shots and 4 hits in 11:07. This was one of Erne's better games in the NHL, in my opinion. Played hard with a lot of swagger and creativity.

Erik Cernak was -1 with 6 hits and 3 blocked shots in 15:38. Got hung out to dry by Domingue moving the puck behind the net on the minus. Otherwise, a very robust game positionally and physically for Cernak.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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