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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.

NHL Game Night: 11-13-18 Lightning at Sabres

Zzzzzzz. Ping.

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Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 19 shots for the loss. The second goal was on the soft side, and soft goals often end up being the margin like it was tonight.

First Period
17:45 BUF Skinner (13), (Reinhart, Beaulieu)

Second Period
5:43 BUF BUG Okposo (5), (Sheary, Beaulieu)
5:58 TB Cirelli (3), (Killorn, Gourde)

Third Period
NO SCORING

It was another sleepy start for the Lightning, but once they broke the seal roughly six minutes into the Second Period they pretty much dominated the rest of the game. Unfortunately, Buffalo's goaltender played well and they hit a slew of posts, including Nikita Kucherov drawing iron in the waning moments of the contest. That was a better effort, actually, that the last few games, but the slow starts are still a major problem to overcome.

Mathieu Joseph was -1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 11:19.

Anthony Cirelli had a goal and was +1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 12:04. He was also 47% on 19 draws.

Adam Erne had 2 shots and 2 hits in 10:06. Took a Callahan shot off the cheek, but played well after returning from the locker room.

Erik Cernak was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 5 hits in 17:06. Played well in his NHL debut providing relief to the Lightning with fellow righty Stralman out of the lineup. Doesn't have speed that jumps off the page, but positionally pretty good and rugged.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-10-18 Senators at Lightning

Lax habits finally catch up with the Lightning.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 6 goals on 34 shots for the loss.

First Period
4:58 OTT Duchene (6), (White)
7:21 OTT Ryan (5), (Ceci)
8:49 TB Joseph (3), (Sergachev, Coburn)

Second Period
0:39 TB Hedman (3), (Vasilevskiy)(PP)
9:15 TB Coburn (3), (Killorn, Joseph)
14:32 TB Joseph (4), (Killorn, Cirelli)

Third Period
0:50 OTT Tkachuk (4), (unassisted)
8:41 OTT White (6), (Tkachuk, Ryan)
10:30 OTT Dzingel (8), (Duchene)
19:48 OTT Stone (7), (Duchene, Ryan)(PP)

Mathieu Joseph was the game's second star.

I said it recently: while it's been fun to watch the Lightning win games recently by asserting themselves for portions of games, this isn't a sustainable recipe for long term success. Eventually the slow starts and only playing sharp hockey in spurts for portions of games isn't going to cut it. Eventually, hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard, and that's what happened against Ottawa. That's a young team that's gone through a lot of turmoil in the last year, including what happened recently, but you can't just expect them to dry up and blow away even when you get a 4-2 lead on them through 40 minutes. Those players are professionals and they have pride. The Lightning have got to match the intensity and commitment level of their opponents in those moments.

Joseph had 2 goals and 1 assist and was +2 with 2 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 1 hit in 10:29. Justifying my love for keeping Joseph on my fantasy team despite that slow statistical start.

Slater Koekkoek was -1 with 1 shot in 16:09. Koekkoek's received a reprieve with Anton Stralman getting nicked up keeping him in service, but with Hedman returning it begs the question what happens to Koekkoek once everyone's healthy. Does he go back to being a fairly regular scratch, or has he earned more appearances?

Danick Martel had 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and 3 hits in 12:06.

Anthony Cirelli had a helper and was +3 with 1 shot in 12:56.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-8-18 Islanders at Lightning

Played half a game. Doubled up a division leader.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 37 shots for the victory. Best player on the rink for either team, in my view.

First Period
3:40 NYI Bailey (4), (Nelson)

Second Period
5:58 TB Joseph (2), (Killorn, Stralman)
11:12 TB Miller (5), (Sergachev, Stamkos)

Third Period
8:43 NYI Bailey (5), (Pelech, Barzal)
18:34 TB Johnson (6), (Kucherov, Gourde)
19:50 TB Stamkos (6), (Miller, McDonagh)(EN)

Vasilevsky and Tyler Johnson were the game's first and second stars.

That wasn't a great effort overall. Like the games against Montreal and Ottawa, you had the Lightning coming out very flat and almost disinterested in the First Period. Turned on the jets in the Second Period to take the 2-1 lead before coasting a bit too much toward the intermission. Then, in the Third Period, they just had a quick, three-way play highlighted by a very skilled setup by Kucherov and they win. They're just toying with teams at this point. It's not sustainable over the long run, but there's something amusing watching it happen night in and night out right now... especially knowing Victor Hedman's return to the lineup is imminent.

Mathieu Joseph had a goal and was +1 with 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 11:38. Excellent placement on the shot off the rush and used the defender as a screen.

Slater Koekkoek had 2 penalty minutes and 1 shot in 13:54.

Anthony Cirelli was +1 with 1 shot and 1 hit and was 60% on 10 draws in 14:10. Worked himself into a breakaway opportunity that I wish he'd done more with to reward himself.

Adam Erne had 1 shot and 5 hits in 14:10. Played chippy tonight.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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