Stephens, Mitchell

NHL Game Night: 3-5-20 Canadiens at Lightning

Lightning get right against depleted, sinking Habs.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 32 shots he faced for the shutout victory. He made a couple of key situational saves early in the game and didn't face many quality chances thereafter. This was a good performance though, and one that hopefully gets him back onto a hot streak after a few cold performances in the past few weeks.

First Period
0:49 TB Hedman (10), (Kucherov, Cernak)
12:40 TB Killorn (25), (Cirelli)

Second Period
18:55 TB Kucherov (32), (Maroon, Point)

Third Period
18:56 TB Hedman (11), (Shattenkirk, Gourde)(PP)

You could see the Lightning starting to turn the corner late in the Boston game. Mind you, the number of shots and chances were too low in this one, but you're playing a Claude Julien team parking the bus. So, I'm not reading too much into that. Besides that, the Lightning played a pretty tight defensive game and very physical, too. Stylistically and results-wise, this is where they need to be.

Mitchell Stephens blocked 1 shot in 14:19. He was also 54% on 13 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 3-3-20 Bruins at Lightning

Late surge by Lightning falls short against Bruins.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 35 shots for the loss. He gave his team a chance. They needed to give him more goal support.

First Period
19:05 BOS Marchand (28), (Krug, Pastrnak)(PP)

Second Period
10:05 BOS Debrusk (19), (Coyle)(PP)
17:28 TB Stephens (3), (Johnson, Goodrow)(SH)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Vasilevskiy was the game's second star.

There was a silver lining in this game, I think. The team muddled along for 40 minutes as they're still struggling to find their footing with Stamkos out and the new guys meshing with the team. But, in the third period, I think you started to see what Julien BriseBois had in mind with his deadline deals, because that forecheck was a notch above anything we've seen this season. They just couldn't find the one more finish.

Mitchell Stephens had a goal and was +1 with 1 shot and 5 hits. He was also 80% on 5 draws. He's five games shy of graduation from prospect status on the site.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Day: 2-29-20 Flames at Lightning

Lightning snap losing streak by the skin of their teeth.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 21 shots for the win. He was not convincing today and needs to be better moving forward. Hopefully getting a W is enough to get him out of this mini-rut.

First Period
13:52 TB Johnson (14), (Sergachev, Kucherov)(PP)

Second Period
7:05 TB Palat (16), (Kucherov, Sergachev)(PP)
11:50 TB Gourde (10), (Paquette, Bogosian)(SH)
13:12 CGY Magiapane (17), (Backlund)
14:04 CGY Lindholm (28), (Gustafsson, Gaudreau)
14:57 TB Killorn (24), (Coleman, Coburn)

Third Period
17:11 CGY Monahan (22), (Lindholm, Tkachuk)(PP)

Mikhail Sergachev, Yanni Gourde, and Alex Killorn were the game's three stars.

This was another weird game, but unlike the Blackhawks fiasco the Lightning managed to get out of the rink with the two points. Like against Chicago, they were utterly dominant at even strength. Like against Chicago, they decided to try to blow their foot off late in the contest and give a deserved win away. The team just looks too fragile now and there needs to be a circling of the wagons with Stamkos ruled out until midway through the first round of the playoffs at the earliest (by my count).

Mitchell Stephens was -1 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 9:34. He was also 29% on 7 draws. Stephens now six games shy of graduation from prospect status on the website.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-27-20 Blackhawks at Lightning

Another late game collapse extends Lightning losing streak to four games.

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Curtis McElhinney allowed 4 goals on 26 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
15:31 TB Point (23), (Hedman, Kucherov)

Third Period
0:17 TB Kucherov (31), (Point, Palat)
4:36 CHI Saad (20), (unassisted)
5:02 CHI Kubalik (27), (unassisted)
9:56 CHI Koekkoek (1), (unassisted)
11:43 CHI Kubalik (28), (unassisted)(PP)
17:29 CHI Kubalik (29), (Saad)(EN)

There are no words. This was a weird one, because I don't think I've seen many games turn this ugly so fast completely against the run of play. If this weren't the cherry on top of a pre-existing three game losing streak I'd be calling what happened tonight a fluke combned with just having the take it in the shorts from a hot goalie, which happens periodically. Honestly, have you ever seen four unassisted goals against in the span of less than seven minutes? I can't recall it. But, there were some recurring themes underlying the problems tonight. Specifically, the Lightning again couldn't stay out of the box.

Mitchell Stephens was -2 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 13:28. He was also 20% on 10 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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