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NHL Game Night: 11-4-18 Lightning at Senators

No one makes Brayden Point bleed his own blood.

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Louis Domingue allowed 3 goals on 25 shots for the win. After getting shelled in Arizona and then quickly falling behind a couple of goals in this one, Domingue had to show some mental toughness under adversity. He, for the most part, sucked it up and pulled through.

First Period
4:55 OTT Ryan (4), (Stone, Chabot)(PP)
14:49 OTT Lajoie (5), (Dzingel, Boedker)(PP)

Second Period
0:38 TB Paquette (2), (McDonagh, Erne)

Third Period
3:04 TB Joseph (1), (Cirelli, Stralman)
15:16 OTT Ceci (2), (Tierney, Stone)
19:33 TB Point (8), (Johnson, McDonagh)(PP)

Overtime
0:14 TB Gourde (6), (Point, McDonagh)

Brayden Point was the game's first star after being bloodied taking one to the face, scoring the tying goal, and then less than a minute of running time later setting up the OT winner with some bravery taking it to the net. He and McDonagh both played really good games, and McDonagh is pulling off the near impossible task of filling Victor Hedman's shoes and doing it in style while the big man is out.

This game, in some ways, a bit like the contest last night in Montreal. The team came out and didn't have their A game and fell behind the eight ball as the penalty kill has started to see a bit of a market correction in recent play. They then asserted their dominance and slowly set about the task of trying to get some goals past Craig Anderson. Unfortunately, after tying the game and as the game got chippy, a moment of indiscipline led to a quick Ottawa goal and it looked like the Lightning's comeback bid would fall short. That's where McDonagh and Point's heroics kicked in. All in all, the Lightning outshot Ottawa 45-25, and those possession numbers are the ones that really get me most excited about the way the team's been playing lately.

Mathieu Joseph had his first NHL goal and was +1 with 1 shot, 3 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 12:20. Now that he's got one, we'll see if it's floodgates for the young speedster.

Slater Koekkoek was -1 with 2 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 13:54.

Anthony Cirelli was +1 with a helper, 4 shots, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 13:23. He was also 73% on 11 draws.

Adam Erne had a helper and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 blocked shot in 13:16. In general, you saw young guys stepping up at the tail end of a road back-to-back and providing some spark and secondary scoring when the team really needed it.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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.

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