Point, Brayden

Lightning Re-Signs Brayden Point to 3-Year Bridge Deal

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Brayden Point to a three-year contract worth an AAV of $6.75-million, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Point, 23, skated in 79 games with the Lightning during the 2018-19 season, posting 41 goals and 92 points to go along with a plus-27 rating. He set career bests for goals, assists and points last season. The Calgary, Alberta native ranked second on the Lightning for goals and was third for both assists and points. Point also ranked tied for sixth in the NHL for goals and was 12th for points. He led the league for power-play goals with 20 and was tied for sixth for power-play points with 35. Point also appeared in four Stanley Cup Playoff games, posting one goal.

“We are very pleased to re-sign Brayden today,” BriseBois said. “He is the consummate professional with an unwavering commitment to team success, growing as a player and improving every day. It is that mindset that makes him an outstanding role model, teammate and person, on and off the ice. We look forward to getting Brayden back on the ice with his Lightning teammates as soon as possible.”

The 5-foot-10, 166-pound forward has skated in 229 career NHL games, all with the Bolts over the past three seasons, recording 91 goals and 198 points. Since joining Tampa Bay, Point’s 107 goals and 21 game-winning goals are the second-most among all skaters on the team. Point represented the Lightning at the 2018 NHL All-Star Game in Tampa, his first All-Star appearance. He’s skated in 21 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, posting seven goals and 17 points to go along with 15 penalty minutes. During the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs he ranked tied for first on the Lightning for goals with seven and tied for second for points with 16.

Point was originally drafted by the Lightning in the third round, 79th overall, at the 2014 NHL Draft.

NHL Game Night: 2-10-17 Lightning at Wild

Everything but the getaway for a night of Vasilarceniy.

TB-1
MIN-2 (SO)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 38 shots before conceding to just 1 of 3 in the penalty shot session for the SO loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
14:31 MIN Niederreiter (18), (Granlund, Pominville)(PP)
17:16 TB Point (6), (Garrison, Killorn)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
TB- NONE
MIN- Koivu

Vasilevskiy was the game's second star.

Brayden Point graduated from prospect status on the website in style with a goal. He was also +1 with 1 shot and he was 20% on 5 draws in 15:43.

Jake Dotchin had 2 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 18:19.

Gabriel Dumont had 1 hit and was 44% on 9 draws in 10:09.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-7-17 Kings at Lightning

When Kucherov got his mojo back.

LA-0
TB-5

Ben Bishop turned aside all 28 shots he faced for the shutout victory. Got help from his horseshoe to usher back in a night of U. of Maine Justice.

First Period
7:46 TB Drouin (16), (unassisted)

Second Period
6:55 TB Kucherov (20), (Namestnikov, Sustr)
11:02 TB Dumont (1), (Brown, Hedman)
18:18 TB Kucherov (21), (Namestnikov, Witkowski)

Third Period
13:08 TB Coburn (2), (Drouin, Vermin)

Nikita Kucherov, Bishop, and Vladislav Namestnikov were the game's three stars. After struggling to regain his usual form for more than a month, Kucherov showed signs of getting back to his hold self in the last game against Anaheim. I'm happy to say the indications from that game were real and that Kucherov looks like he might be ready for a strong stretch run. As for the much maligned Namestnikov, he needs more nights like this because he's playing for his job in Tampa Bay at this point.

Do these back to back wins mean the Lightning suddenly have a chance to stride back into the playoff chase? Well, to comfortably make it in at 96 points, they'd need 42 of a remaining 56 points. Is a .750 winning clip realistic? There's your answer.

Brayden Point was +1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 14:49. He was also 29% on 7 draws. Point's next game will be his 41st of the season and he will graduate from prospect status on the website.

Luke Witkowski had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot and 3 hits in 8:25.

Jake Dotchin was +1 with 5 hits in 14:00.

Gabriel Dumont had his first goal in a Lightning jersey and was +1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 10:42. He was also an uncharacteristic 17% on 6 draws.

Joel Vermin had a helper and was +1 with 1 blocked shot in 10:29.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-4-17 Ducks at Lightning

Mine eyes have seen the glory of a losing streak being snapped!

ANH-2
TB-3 (SO)

Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 16 shots before conceding to 2 of 4 in the penalty shot session for the SO win. Stat line isn't great, but he made some key situational saves over the course of the game to eventually get the victory.

First Period
8:14 ANH Montour (1), (Silfverberg, Kesler)
9:48 TB Drouin (15), (Johnson, Kucherov)

Second Period
10:56 TB Killorn (16), (Kucherov)(PP)

Third Period
4:02 ANH Getzlaf (8), (Bieksa, Kesler)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
ANH- Silfverberg, Kesler
TB- Point, Kucherov, Boyle

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

Styles make the fight, and the quicker Tampa Bay Lightning drew a good matchup against a more plodding, big Anaheim team on the back end of a back-to-back situation. Tampa Bay didn't squander that advantage, playing with far more hustle than they did in the previous two contests. Clearly Jon Cooper challenged his guys to show some heart after the travesty of the past couple of outings, and it showed. More importantly, they actually got the payoff.

Brayden Point was -1 with 1 shot in 16:29. He was also 60% on 5 draws. He played well on some shifts with Drouin, which is something to watch going forward, in my opinion. And, he remains cash money all night in the Shootout.

Jake Dotchin was +1 with 2 shots, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 15:08. This was probably his best game at the NHL level thus far. Again, styles make the fight, and these Anaheim players aren't necessarily the speedsters who will give Dotchin trouble. He was assertive physically in separating guys from the puck and starting the breakout thereafter throughout the night.

Gabriel Dumont had 2 penalty minutes and 1 shot in 6:00 even. He also was 83% on 6 draws.

Joel Vermin had 2 hits in 6:45.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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