Martel, Danick

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.

NHL Game Night: 1-8-19 Blue Jackets at Lightning

Vasilevskiy unleashes the kittens in bounce back performance.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 31 shots he faced for the shutout victory. He had a small handful of really great chances, particularly a couple of Grade A ones by Panarin in the Second Period, and he was equal to the task each time.

First Period
15:55 TB Joseph (11), (Sergachev)
16:39 TB Point (25), (Kucherov, Johnson)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
6:05 TB Kucherov (21), (Johnson, Point)
8:53 TB Point (26), (Sergachev)

Brayden Point, Vasilevskiy, and Mikhail Sergachev were the game's three stars.

It wasn't a perfect game, but under the circumstances on the first game back from a road trip that ended poorly in San Jose, the Lightning can be ecstatic about the outcome. I thought they had a very strong First Period, built the 2-0 lead, booted a chance to put the game away in a poor Second Period, but then finally had a workmanlike Third Period to seal the deal.

The really good news: Sergachev is finally starting to round into form after looking a little off the first few months of the campaign.

Mathieu Joseph had a goal and was +1 with 1 shot in 12:27. I'll say it again: This guy is going to mess around and score 20 goals on just 11-12 minutes of ice time a night. He's actually tied for second in rookie goal scoring at the moment.

Danick Martel was +1 with 3 shots and 1 hit in 12:35.

Adam Erne had 1 shot and 4 hits in 10:17.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 12-22-18 Lightning at Oilers

Lightning complete Western Canada swing with impressive display of stamina.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 28 shots for the victory. Had a real highlight reel stop on McDavid in the First Period, but honestly wasn't called upon to make a ton of big saves despite all of Edmonton's firepower.

First Period
10:15 EDM Nugent-Hopkins (12), (McDavid, Puljujarvi)
17:09 TB Stamkos (19), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)

Second Period
2:50 EDM Chiasson (16), (Nurse, McDavid)(PP)
13:00 TB Kucherov (16), (unassisted)
14:32 TB Miller (7), (Cernak, Killorn)

Third Period
4:17 TB Johnson (15), (Point, Kucherov)
6:17 EDM Draisaitl (17), (McDavid, Nugent-Hopkins)
15:03 TB Stamkos (20), (Kucherov, Stralman)
18:35 TB Johnson (16), (Kucherov, Point)(EN)

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

Wow. What an impressive display by the Lightning tonight under the circumstances. They're at the end of an arduous four game road swing through Western Canada with Christmas beckoning. They had every incentive to call this a schedule loss. But, instead, they outshoot Edmonton 45-28 on the game and then blow them off the rink in the Third Period with the contest still in doubt.

I legit did not expect this team to get 7 of a possible 8 points on this road swing either. Between the travel and playing a different style of teams out west, I expected just a little cooling off. Nope. Still red hot. 37 games into the season they're sitting on 58 points. That would be a decent number after 47 games. This is a ridiculous pace through 37. I'm not ready to anoint the Lightning as anything, and over in the Metro Washington and Pittsburgh appear to be taking the season more seriously now that we're deep into December. There's challenges ahead for this Lightning team. But... this year feels different.

Danick Martel had 3 shots and 1 hit in 9:11.

Anthony Cirelli was +1 with 2 shots in 15:45. He was also 57% on 7 draws.

Erik Cernak had a helper and was +2 with 1 shot, 6 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 19:27. I thought he was excellent tonight.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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