Martel, Danick

Lightning Make Martel Extension Official

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Danick Martel to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Martel, 5-foot-8, 176 pounds, played in nine games with the Lightning last season, recording two assists. He also skated in four games for Tampa Bay’s top affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, and recorded one assist. Martel was claimed off waivers by the Bolts from the Philadelphia Flyers on September 22, 2018.

The Drummondville, Quebec native has played in 13 career NHL games between the Lightning and the Flyers, recording two assists. He has also appeared in 203 career AHL games with the Crunch and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, notching 68 goals and 121 points with a plus-19 rating. Martel has also skated in 18 career Calder Cup Playoff games, all with the Phantoms, and registered five goals with nine points.

Martel, 24, was originally undrafted and was signed by Philadelphia as a free agent on March 10, 2015.

NHL Game Day: 4-6-19 Lightning at Bruins

Lightning post record-tying win in regular season finale.

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Eddie Pasquale allowed 3 goals on 33 shots for the win in the record-tier.

First Period
14:38 BOS Krejci (20), (McAvoy, Pastrnak)
19:40 BOS Heinen (11), (Kampfer)

Second Period
4:41 TB Cernak (5), (Miller, Gourde)(PP)
12:52 TB Stamkos (45), (unassisted)(SH)
16:59 TB Cirelli (19), (Miller, Coburn)

Third Period
0:53 TB Kucherov (41), (McDonagh)
14:03 BOS Grzelcyk (3), (Pastrnak, Krejci)
14:16 TB Coburn (4), (Cirelli, Girardi)
18:34 TB Johnson (29), (Palat, Kucherov)(EN)

Eddie Pasquale was the game's first star. Typical Boston arrogance to award two of three stars to the B's in a 6-3 loss.

I would say this game had all the intensity of a preseason game, but preseason games do have bubble guys fighting for roster spots and a higher incidence rate of fighting. Still, for the Lightning to respond to a little early adversity and pull out the win always feels good, and to tie the record of 62 regular season wins could be quite the resume bullet point. I say "could" because if the Lightning follow through and claim the Stanley Cup this season, they'll have a strong argument to be included in the discussion for greatest single-season team of all time and certainly greatest single-season team of the salary cap era. All that said, it's meaningless without accomplishing the task at hand that begins in the playoffs come Wednesday, and there's A LOT of work yet to be done.

Danick Martel was -1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 13:20.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-19-19 Lightning at Flyers

Short-staffed Lightning pound Flyers.

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Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 30 shots. Made some highlight reel saves in the Second Period to ensure the Lightning got to cruise into garbage time early.

First Period
2:22 TB Sergachev (4), (Stamkos, Palat)
5:13 TB Killorn (13), (Cirelli, Erne)
10:23 TB Miller (10), (unassisted)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
1:03 PHI Lindblom (11), (Couturier, Raffl)
7:42 TB Gourde (17), (Miller, McDonagh)(PP)
10:51 PHI Konecny (18), (Couturier, Sanheim)
19:23 TB McDonagh (6), (unassisted)(EN)

J.T. Miller and Erik Cernak were the game's first and third stars.

The Lightning had two all-stars out of the lineup and still ran the Flyers out of their own barn within the first 11 minutes of the game. It was a sloppy effort at time from Tampa Bay once they got that three goal cushion, but Domingue did what he needed to in order to deliver the team to the final frame with the all-important margin still in tact.

Danick Martel had 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and 1 blocked shot in 10:27.

Cernak was +1 with 1 shot, 4 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 19:12.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-12-19 Flames at Lightning

Lightning crush Flames in measuring stick contest.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 22 shots for the win. He only faced twelve scoring chances all night, so it was a light work night for Vasiy where he got plenty of goal support.

First Period
11:54 TB Point (33), (Miller, Kucherov)(PP)
16:06 TB Paquette (9), (Martel, Callahan)
17:19 TB Kucherov (25), (Stralman, Point)
18:06 CGY Giordano (12), (Lindholm, Gaudreau)(PP)

Second Period
9:13 CGY Monahan (28), (Lindholm)
10:10 TB Cirelli (11), (Kucherov, Gourde)
16:11 TB Gourde (15), (Coburn, Stamkos)

Third Period
5:01 TB Stamkos (30), (Kucherov, Point)(PP)
14:11 CGY Monahan (29), (Lindholm, Gaudreau)(PP)

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

Jon Cooper said going into tonight's game he was viewing this as a measuring stick game for his club's overall defensive game going against one of the Western Conference's top teams and one whose speed gave the Lightning some trouble the last time the two teams played. Verdict: Lightning. Even without Ondrej Palat or Erik Cernak in the lineup, the Lightning held the Flames to just twelve scoring chances in the game, eight shots on goal in the first thirty minutes of play, and twenty-two shots in total. It was a tour-de-force that allowed the Lightning to cruise to a solid and definitive victory.

Danick Martel had a helper and was +1 with 2 hits in 10:21. He stays ready. He doesn't play very much, but when his name is called he's impactful.

Adam Erne had 1 shot and 2 hits in 10:24. Had a handful of scoring chances in the Second Period that might've allowed the Lightning to nail the coffin shut on the Flames even earlier than they ultimately did. Tonight marks Erne's graduation from prospect status on the website. That likely just leaves Cernak to round out the 2018-2019 Bolt Prospects Alumni class.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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