NHL Game Night: 1-13-19 Lightning at Islanders

Slow start finally bites the Lightning.

TB-1
NYI-5

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the lost. The third goal allowed was of the softer variety, and probably ultimately cost the Lightning any real shot of coming back in this one.

First Period
1:21 NYI Nelson (16), (Eberle, Barzal)(PP)
4:27 NYI Clutterbuck (3), (Martin, Cizikas)
4:43 NYI Toews (3), (unassisted)

Second Period
11:03 NYI Cizikas (11), (Martin, Clutterbuck)
18:12 TB McDonagh (5), (Stamkos, Palat)

Third Period
NYI Bailey (10), (Lee, Leddy)(EN)

If there's been a single negative to the Lightning's run over the past month and a half it's been a penchant to have sleepy, slow starts. Tonight the Lightning were down 3-0 before five minutes were even gone and they just never recovered playing on the tail end of a back-to-back. That strikes me as an intensity/focus issue, and sometimes it takes a loss like this for the point to be driven home. Unfortunately, the loss also came at the cost of Victor Hedman leaving the game with an apparent concussion after colliding with an official. All around, just a bad night.

Mathieu Joseph was -1 with 3 shots and 1 hit in 11:48.

Adam Erne had 7 hits in 10:14. The scorekeeper in Brooklyn sure does love handing out hits.

Erik Cernak had 2 penalty minutes, 5 shots, and 2 hits in 16:39.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.