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NHL Game Night: 2-20-20 Lightning at Golden Knights

All good things...

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 5 goals on 33 shots for the loss. After having one of the all-time win streaks in NHL history he just had a mediocre performance tonight failing to make some situational saves to give his team a better chance.

First Period
7:02 TB Shattenkirk (8), (Killorn, Palat)
18:05 VGK Martinez (2), (Eakin, Roy)

Second Period
6:45 VGK Stastny (17), (Smith, Schmidt)
15:38 TB Stamkos (28), (Hedman, Cirelli)(PP)
16:39 VGK Stone (21), (Pacioretty, Martinez)

Third Period
0:10 VGK Reaves (7), (unassisted)
0:47 VGK Pacioretty (28), (Stone, Theodore)(PP)
18:00 TB Stamkos (29), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)

It was a lamentable final half of this game, quite frankly, where the Lightning shot themselves in the foot with turnovers and penalty trouble and lost control of a game they were playing well in. Credit to Fleury for holding Vegas into this one in the First Period, and then once they got the Martinez goal late in the First Period they started to grow into it and nullified the Lightning's even strength play. And then the penalty trouble comes in and a really bad shift by Braydon Coburn to start the Third Period and... woof. If there was a silver lining it's the Lightning power play getting of the schnide with a pair of Stamkos markers. It wasn't going to stay in the gutter forever, so hopefully the long term affect of this game is that it was a speed bump for the team's even strength play (especially sans Point), but a jump start for what was ailing the PP.

Mitchell Stephens was -1 in 13:38 and 31% on 16 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-17-20 Lightning at Avalanche

Lightning push win streak to 11 by silencing upstart Avs in OT.

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Curtis McElhinney allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the victory. Made a handful of key situational saves. Good start from your number two. He's been steady in the role all year.

First Period
4:49 COL Burakovsky (19), (Rantanen, MacKinnon)(PP)

Second Period
4:54 TB Killorn (23), (Palat, Cirelli)
5:10 TB Gaunce (1), (unassisted)
13:43 TB Stamkos (27), (Point, Shattenkirk)
18:26 COL MacKinnon (33), (Landeskog, Johnson)

Third Period
12:43 COL Nichushkin (12), (Makar, Landeskog)

Overtime
3:03 TB Kucherov (29), (unassisted)

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

Once every couple of years my Center Ice feed reminds me of how much I can't stand the Avs' TV announcers. Thank you, Nikita Kucherov, for silencing those clowns. 'Preciate it.

Yep, Steven Stamkos scored goal 420 of his career at a mile high. Can't make this stuff up.

Tampa Bay completes segment six of the campaign at 85 points, a full 13 points ahead of minimum playoff pace. There's a decent chance they'll have the playoffs pretty well in the bag by the end of this next segment. Fortunately, there's still a lot to play for as they remain hovering just one point back of Boston in the division. So, they're still in hunter mode.

Bring on the Blake Coleman era.

Mitchell Stephens was +1 with 1 shot in 8:07. He was also 40% on 10 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Day: 2-15-20 Flyers at Lightning

Just another typical wild Flyers/Lightning weekend afternoon game.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 33 shots for the win. The score and the stat line don't fully reflect it, but he was the difference in the game.

First Period
3:17 TB Killorn (22), (Shattenkirk, Sergachev)
14:55 TB Paquette (6), (Johnson, Maroon)

Second Period
2:35 TB Verhaeghe (8), (Hedman, Gourde)
8:57 PHI Provorov (11), (Giroux, Couturier)(PP)

Third Period
12:34 TB Point (21), (Stamkos, Kucherov)
15:31 PHI VanRiemsdyk (18), (Niskanen, Sanheim)(PP)
16:15 PHI Giroux (16), (Provorov, Konecny)
19:38 TB Kucherov (28), (Stamkos, Hedman)(EN)

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

40 minutes of pretty strong hockey and then arguably the worst Third Period the Lightning have put out protecting a lead in quite some time. Thankfully, Vasilevskiy stood on his head long enough for Point to establish the three goal margin and the Flyers, as is custom, were only able to get as close as the false hope goal.

Mitchell Stephens was +1 with 4 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 1 hit in 10:40. He was also 67% on 12 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-13-20 Oilers at Lightning

Lightning starting to look like an unbreakable machine.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 30 shots for the victory. Unbeaten in his last 20 starts. The man's going to mess around and win another Vezina.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
4:39 TB Maroon (7), (Gaunce, Schenn)
9:36 EDM Jones (3), (Nugent-Hopkins, Draisaitl)
13:01 TB Gourde (8), (unassisted)(SH)

Third Period
19:04 TB Paquette (5), (Point, Killorn)(EN)

Yanni Gourde and Vasilevskiy were the game's first and second stars. Gourde finally took his mojo back from Killorn. That's my guess, at least.

Granted, Edmonton's dealing with a rash of important injuries, too. But, with five regulars out of the lineup and Cameron Gaunce having to take a regular shift at forward (for crying out loud) the Lightning still looked poised and determined within their good hockey structure and habits en route to outshooting the Oilers 37-30 and winning their ninth in a row. They once again move to within a lone point of Boston for the league's top mark and show no signs of letting up.

Cameron Gaunce had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 9:13. At forward? Ordinarily, I'd be revolted at anyone not named Fredrik Modin being allowed the honor of wearing #33 for the Lightning, but he did it justice tonight.

Mitchell Stephens was +1 and 56% on 18 draws in 16:48. Once again, accepted the greater responsibilities and ice time well.

Alexander Volkov was -1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 10:43.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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