Verhaeghe, Carter

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.

NHL Game Night: 1-12-20 Lightning at Devils

Lightning Dominguenated to end winning streak at ten.

TB-1
NJ-3

Curtis McElhinney allowed 2 goals on 19 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
0:37 TB Johnson (11), (Hedman)
3:10 NJ Greene (1), (Wood, Hughes)
9:54 NJ Zajac (6), (Gusev, Severson)

Third Period
19:59 NJ Wood (7), (Simmonds, Greene)(EN)

It might've been a bit due to fatigue, but I thought although the Lightning played reasonably well in this game they played New Jersey's game by keeping to the outside against a collapsing team structure. So, while they got shots, they weren't really getting enough quality scoring chances and they made the game easier for Louis Domingue than it would've been if the team had played more of a muscular, meat and potatoes style. Hopefully they learn from it in video session. Sometimes when you're playing a ton of games in a compressed schedule you take the path of least resistance rather than going to the dirty areas in search of some greasy goals, and tonight was a night the Lightning needed to manufacture a couple of greasy goals.

Carter Verhaeghe was -1 with 1 shot in 6:55.

Mitchell Stephens was -1 with 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 12:36. He was also 27% on 11 draws.

Alexander Volkov had 2 hits in 6:26.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 1-11-20 Lightning at Flyers

Back to back unleashing of kittens.

TB-1
PHI-0

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 23 shots he faced for his second straight shutout. He's getting nicely ensconced in the zone. This was one of those games where he made it look easy, but it surely wasn't.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
7:27 TB Maroon (6), (unassisted)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Vasilevskiy and Patrick Maroon were the game's first and third stars.

Ten straight wins now for the Lightning, and what you love to see is the synergy between lock down defense, good possession, and a goaltender fully rounding into form. It's a potent looking formula right now as the team just tied the franchise record with ten straight victories. And because of that, they're winning games multiple ways, tonight looking dominant even though they were in a tight 1-0 bout on the scoreboard.

Carter Verhaeghe had 1 hit and 2 blocked shots in 11:17.

Mitchell Stephens was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and 1 hit in 13:46. He was also 63% on 8 draws. To my eyes, he's been the prize of this year's crop of prospects breaking into the NHL for the Lightning.

Alexander Volkov had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 11:01.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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

Lightning win streak continues unabated.

ARI-0
TB-4

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.

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