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NHL Game Night: 10-15-19 Lightning at Canadiens

Anemic Lightning piece together a victory in Montreal.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 34 shots for the victory. Outshined Carey Price at the other end.

First Period
15:46 MTL Petry (2), (Domi)(PP)
19:53 TB Coburn (1), (Stamkos, Kucherov)

Second Period
1:04 TB Stamkos (4), (Hedman, Kucherov)(PP)
2:01 TB Johnson (2), (Palat, Gourde)

Third Period
NO SCORING

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

I just can't get stoked about yet another game where the Lightning got outshot by a 3:2 margin. This used to be a volume shooting possession team that had a pretty rabid forecheck. Now they play like an opportunistic counterattacking rush team that leans on the power play. It's not a recipe for long term success. It's just not.

The Lightning have four games to collect five more points to get out of this mediocre opening ten game segment of the year in tact.

Carter Verhaeghe had 1 shot in 9:00.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Day: 10-12-19 Lightning at Senators

Hard work still beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

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Curtis McElhinney allowed 3 goals on 33 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
13:44 OTT White (1), (Tkachuk, Ryan)
14:21 TB Palat (3), (Johnson)
19:33 OTT Pageau (1), (Namestnikov)

Third Period
8:56 TB Witkowski (1), (Maroon, Sergachev)
16:57 OTT Namestnikov (1), (Brown, Chabot)
19:38 OTT Namestnikov (2), (Pageau, Zaitsev)

Nice job getting outshot by a 3:2 margin by sad sack Ottawa. I’m old enough to remember the days when Tampa Bay used to be a volume shooting possession team.

Carter Verhaeghe was +1 in 9:25 of ice time.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 10-10-19 Lightning at Maple Leafs

Brayden Point returns as Lightning smoke Leafs.

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Andrei Vasilveskiy allowed 3 goals on 28 shots for the victory. The mark of some of the good ones is that they have a rough First Period and then completely shut it down the rest of the way. That happened with Vasiy tonight.

First Period
2:28 TB Point (1), (Stamkos, Kucherov)
4:19 TOR Johnsson (1), (Matthews, Marner)(PP)
7:46 TOR Tavares (1), (Holl, Kapanen)
11:24 TB Kucherov (2), (Hedman, Cirelli)(PP)
12:45 TB Shattenkirk (3), (Johnson)
17:56 TOR Matthews (6), (Muzzin, Nylander)
19:17 TB Stamkos (3), (Cirelli, Point)(PP)

Second Period
10:46 TB Point (2), (Kucherov, Stamkos)

Third Period
3:56 TB Palat (2), (Cirelli, Sergachev)
6:57 TB Kucherov (3), (Stamkos)

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

This is why you don't panic about a bad game without one of your two best players in the lineup. Now it's Toronto's turn to act like the sky is falling. In the meantime, Tampa Bay now has six games to collect seven more points in this opening ten game segment of the campaign.

Carter Verhaeghe was -1 with 1 shot in 11:21. He was also 30% on ten draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 10-5-19 Lightning at Panthers

Panthers declare themselves Stanley Cup champions on October 5th after posting their first win against Lightning in over a year.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 28 shots for the loss. He's got to stop that fourth goal early in the Third Period. I get that it's a tipped puck, but with Smith getting the goal to keep the team alive before the end of the Second Period, you need that situational stop early in the Third to give yourself a real shot at the comeback.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
9:39 FLA Hoffman (2), (Huberdeau, Yandle)(PP)
11:05 FLA Hoffman (3), (Huberdeau, Barkov)(PP)
12:32 FLA Aciari (1), (Sceviour, Hunt)
16:23 TB Smith (1), (Witkowski, Maroon)

Third Period
0:17 FLA Hoffman (4), (Ekblad, Connolly)
6:40 TB Stamkos (1), (Hedman, Shattenkirk)
15:41 TB Joseph (1), (Gourde, Verheaghe)

Bobrovsky stood on his head at times, which was probably the difference in the matchup. Fortunately, as the game was played at Sunrise, no one was there to see the Lightning's shame in dropping this one to the trash fire their neighbors to the southeast pretend is a hockey franchise.

Carter Verhaeghe had his first NHL point, a helper, and was +1 with 3 shots in 9:18.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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