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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.

NHL Game Night: 10-26-18 Lightning at Golden Knights

Lightning treat the team from the Silver State like silver medalists on Nevada Day.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 31 shots for the win. He was only beaten on a play where he was completely screened and a clean faceoff loss that led to an unchallenged shooter from the high slot. Otherwise, impeccable.

First Period
3:05 TB Johnson (4), (unassisted)
5:31 VGK Theodore (1), (Carpenter)
16:36 TB Point (6), (Stamkos, Kucherov)

Second Period
4:47 TB Miller (3), (Killorn, Sergachev)(PP)

Third Period
1:47 VGK Karlsson (3), (Tuch)(PP)

Tyler Johnson was the game's first star.

I suspect this game was one the Lightning were very interested in putting their best foot forward in after being swept by Vegas last season and blowing the lead last time they were out west to play this team. The Lightning manufactured a solid road win with a mix of a couple of greasy goals and a great play off the rush by the Stamkos line. One shot in the Third Period is concerning and you hate to go that far into the shell protecting a lead in the final frame, but at the end of the night they had the W in hand.

The Lightning now sit on 15 points through 9 games, meaning they've already banked 3 insurance points moving forward. 7 straight games with at least a point is a great look for the team, and they've seemed to get progressively better as the road trip has worn on.

Mathieu Joseph had 2 shots and 3 hits in 11:58.

Anthony Cirelli had 3 blocked shots and was 40% on 10 draws in 13:57.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 10-24-18 Lightning at Avalanche

Kittens in Colorado.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 22 shots he faced for the victory. He had to play really well in the First Period and then saw his workload curtailed the final 40 minutes as the defense stepped up.

First Period
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Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
6:24 TB Kucherov (3), (Stamkos)(PP)

Nikita Kucherov and Vasilevskiy were the game's first and third stars.

Tampa Bay weathered Colorado's best punch in the First Period, with an assist from the video coaches spotting an offside that led to a reversal of a potential goal. They got outshot 11-4 in the opening frame, but rebounded to outshoot Colorado 20-11 the rest of the way. That's impressive given Colorado's offensive firepower and how they've become somewhat of a stylish team for pundits looking at the Western Conference.

The victory moved Tampa Bay to 13 points collected in their first 8 games, clinching a successful opening 10-game segment of the campaign with at least one insurance point to spare and a couple of more games to pick up additional insurance points. What you gain now counts as much as what you gain in March, and the games in March tend to be a lot more difficult to win. So, early season success is always a good recipe for punching your postseason ticket.

Mathiru Joseph had 1 shot in 10:44. Nearly had his first NHL goal drawing iron in the opening frame.

Anthony Cirelli had 1 hit in 12:15 and was oddly 0-for-4 on faceoffs.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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