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NHL Game Night: 1-9-20 Coyotes at Lightning

Lightning win streak continues unabated.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 25 shots he faced for the shutout victory. If there's one thing you can point to that would make this streak the Lightning are on durable for the second half of the year, it's the very real possibility that Vasilevskiy starts playing like the recent Vezina winner that he is. He's had a few one goal games recently, but to break through and get a clean sheet is another big milestone.

First Period
15:06 TB Killorn (18), (Maroon, Paquette)
18:24 TB Sergachev (7), (Paquette, Maroon)

Second Period
6:15 TB Kucherov (16), (Point, Stamkos)
8:52 TB Kucherov (17), (Stamkos, Rutta)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Vasilevskiy, Nikita Kucherov, and Mikhail Sergachev were the game's three stars.

Alex Killorn continues to push us closer to the brink of #EndOfDays, just two goals shy of the 20 goal plateau for the first time in his career.

Having passed Toronto in the standings into second in the Atlantic Division, the Lightning are now seven points back of Boston with a couple of games in hand. It's not un-doable for the team to catch the Bruins in the second half, and that was an unthinkable possibility just 10 games or so ago.

Carter Verheaghe had a shot in 11:46.

Mitchell Stephens had a shot and two hits in 13:04. He was also 57% on 14 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 1-7-20 Canucks at Lightning

Two streaks enter, one streak leaves.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 23 shots for the victory. Bathe in the purifying waters of cool, deep goal support.

First Period
18:58 VAN Pettersson (20), (Boeser)

Second Period
4:21 TB Johnson (10), (Palat, Hedman)
10:10 TB Stamkos (17), (Point)(PP)
14:05 VAN Eriksson (3), (Horvat, Pearson)
15:07 TB Killorn (17), (unassisted)
17:06 TB Verhaeghe (3), (Point, Gourde)
17:37 TB Kucherov (15), (Point)
18:02 TB Cernak (3), (Stamkos, Coburn)

Third Period
4:37 TB Point (18), (Stamkos, Cernak)
12:43 TB Verhaeghe (4), (Stephens)(SH)
18:09 TB Verheaghe (5), (Kucherov, Sergachev)(PP)

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

Tonight the Lightning sent the warning shot across the rest of the NHL's bow, and it's squeaky bun time in the rest of the sport's franchise cities. Vancouver entered this game with the same seven game winning streak that Tampa Bay sported, and they left humiliated underneath an avalanche of goals as the uber-talented Lightning issued the kind of swag-dripped beatdown that had been a hallmark of their record-setting season a year ago. It had everything, including two of my favorite plays in hockey: quick strike goals off of clean offensive zone faceoff wins. Inject it into my veins.

Verhaeghe had his first NHL hat trick and was +2 with 7 shots and 1 hit in 11:54. Kudos to Cooper for getting him out on the late PP to get the third goal.

Mitchell Stephens had a helper and was +1 with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 11:57. He was also 55% on 11 draws, and looked to have a goal until it was determined Verheaghe had actually scored earlier on the same shift.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 1-5-20 Lightning at Hurricanes

Lightning achieve full blown road warrior status.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 29 shots for the victory. That's two straight quality starts from the young star.

First Period
2:36 TB Stephens (2), (Verhaeghe, Kucherov)
4:44 TB Stamkos (16), (unassisted)

Second Period
5:19 TB Point (17), (Kucherov, Stamkos)

Third Period
11:48 CAR Svechnikov (18), (Slavin, Pesce)

Vasilevskiy and Steven Stamkos were the game's first and second stars.

If there was ever a potential "schedule loss" for the Lightning, it might've been this one, not only because of the high number of games in a compressed window but because of the possession-heavy style Carolina plays. It's an incredibly impressive thing to see that not only were the Lightning competitive in this game, but they were able to put it away in 40 minutes and enjoy some garbage time in the Third Period. That's how good teams get it done.

Carter Verheaghe had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 9:40. Now that the team has hit the halfway point of the season, Verhaeghe is the only prospect close to graduation from prospect status, needing 13 more appearances.

Mitchell Stephens had a goal and was +1 with 3 shots and 2 hits in 9:21. He was also 50% on 12 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 1-4-20 Lightning at Senators

Lightning comeback puts team at end of fourth ten game segment 2 points ahead of playoff pace.

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Curtis McElhinney allowed 3 goals on 28 shots for the victory.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
0:46 OTT Tierney (6), (Jaros)
2:40 TB Vergaeghe (2), (Hedman, Gourde)
3:45 TB Shattenkirk (7), (unassisted)
11:40 OTT Pageau (19), (Batherson, Ennis)(PP)
19:51 OTT Borowiecki (5), (Anisimov, Chabot)

Third Period
8:37 TB Point (16), (Sergachev, Kucherov)
18:39 TB Johnson (9), (Hedman, Palat)
19:53 TB Killorn (16), (unasssisted)(EN)

Tyler Johnson and Victor Hedman were the game’s first and third stars.

The Lightning pull into the 40 game mark of the season sitting on 50 points, so they’re on pace for about a 101 point campaign, which is nicely on playoff pace. It’s been a very successful 10-game segment of the year allowing the Lightning to erase a small 1 point deficit and re-instill confidence this is a solid playoff contender.

Carter Verheaghe had a goal and was +1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 8:50.

Mitchell Stephens was +1 with 1 shot in 11:49. He was also 73% on 11 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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