Stephens, Mitchell

NHL Game Night: 1-27-20 Lightning at Stars

Lightning a little rusty and a little impatient in OT loss.

TB-2
DAL-3 (OT)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 35 shots for the OT loss. He stared down way too many breakaways in this one.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
13:41 TB Stamkos (19), (Kucherov, Rutta)
17:49 DAL Gurianov (12), (Seguin, Lindell)

Third Period
9:06 DAL Benn (13), (Comeau)
18:34 TB Stamkos (20), (Hedman, Kucherov)

Overtime
2:07 DAL Benn (14), (unassisted)

Vasilevskiy was the game's third star.

The Lightning's puck management was pretty uneven as the Lightning played one of those games where they can sometimes be their worst enemy. Facing a strong performance by Ben Bishop in the opposing nets, the Lightning started to press offensively and that, coupled with turnovers, led them to start leaking a lot of breakaways and other odd man opportunities. Considering it's the first game back from All-Star Break I don't put too much stock into it, but that has been the template for upsetting the Lightning in the postseason. They've got to maintain discipline and good habits even when the chances and the goals aren't flowing.

With one game left in this 10-game segment of the campaign, the Lightning now sit on three insurance points. Five sounds better to me.

Carter Verhaeghe was -1 with 1 shot in 5:56.

Mitchell Stephens was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 8:45, but was also 17% on 6 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 1-17-20 Lightning at Jets

Lightning head to All-Star Break in style.

TB-7
WPG-1

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 31 shots for the win.

First Period
9:27 TB Cirelli (10), (Palat, Johnson)
12:21 TB Kucherov (21), (Stamkos, Point)
19:07 TB Cirelli (11), (Palat)

Second Period
7:21 TB Kucherov (22), (Point, Stamkos)
11:10 TB Verhaeghe (6), (McDonagh)
11:44 WPG Roslovic (9), (Perreault)

Third Period
7:48 TB Cirelli (12), (Palat)
10:45 TB Killorn (20), (Stephens, Sergachev)

Anthony Cirelli, Nikita Kucherov, and Vasilevskiy were the game's three stars. Cirelli with his first career NHL hat trick, which is great, but...

It was nice knowing you all, but by the time we wake up tomorrow I fully expect the locusts and the lava to be everywhere. Alex Killorn has 20 goals for the first time in his NHL career, thereby triggering #EndOfDays. The appropriate place to be in times like these is either in church or making love one last time to your partner. Choose according to your own individual situations.

Your pre All-Star Break/pre-rapture standings update has the Lightning clinching a successful 10-game segment tonight to maintain the 2 point insurance buffer they had coming into the segment with a couple more games to play in the segment. There's still work to do t clinch the playoffs over the next three segments, but a couple of wins to get to the 50 game mark would put them in very commanding shape.

Carter Verhaeghe had a goal and 1 shot and 2 hits in 11:57.

Mitchell Stephens had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 12:20. He was also a stylish 89% on 9 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 1-16-20 Lightning at Wild

Comeback push comes a little too late.

TB-2
MIN-3

Curtis McElhinney allowed 3 goals on 23 shots for the loss. Not his best game.

First Period
14:17 MIN Parise (17), (Staal, Spurgeon)(PP)

Second Period
7:42 TB Kucherov (19), (Sergachev, Palat)
12:32 MIN Eriksson-Ek (4), (Kunin)
14:43 MIN Suter (7), (Greenway)

Third Period
9:32 TB Kucherov (20), (Stamkos, Cirelli)(PP)

Nikita Kucherov was the game's third star.

Might be fair to posit that the team, contrary to some things Stamkos said before the Kings game, has mentally checked out a little looking forward to the All-Star Break. That certainly looked the case for 40 minutes tonight, at least. 20 SOG is a very un-Lightning performance recently, and shows that something was off with the team's approach tonight.

Carter Verhaeghe was -1 in 6:53.

Mitchell Stephens was -1 in 11:07. He was also 75% on 12 draws.

Alexander Volkov had 2 penalty minutes in 7:28.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 1-14-20 Kings at Lightning

Lightning finally crack Quick for a SO win.

LA-3
TB-4 (SO)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 41 shots and stopped three of four in the PS session for the win.

First Period
4:18 LA Carter (13), (Clifford, Forbort)
6:52 LA Clifford (6), (Carter)
10:06 TB Killorn (19), (Volkov, Shattenkirk)
11:25 TB Stamkos (18), (Cirelli, Johnson)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
12:00 LA Brown (9), (Prokhorkin, Walker)(PP)
18:45 TB Kucherov (18), (Cirelli)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
LA- Prokhorkin
TB- Point, Stamkos

Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos, and Anthony Cirelli were the game's three stars.

This was a game where the Lightning were within an eyelash of seeing Jonathan Quick steal two points from them and thankfully they were able to manufacture a big goal. And, really, I can't tell you how much I love that after years of nothingness the Lightning are finally starting to generate goals regularly off of faceoffs again. The last few years Lecavalier was with the team it was a real staple but it hasn't been there for this generation, but it's a fantastically cheap way to get possession, goals, and scoring chances and can pay big dividends in the playoffs.

Carter Verhaeghe was -1 in 8:08.

Mitchell Stephens had 1 shot and 1 hit and was 60% on five draws in 8:54.

Alexander Volkov had a helper, his first NHL point, 4 penalty minutes and 1 shot in 8:57.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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