NHL Game Night: 1-2-20 Lightning at Canadiens

Lightning officially back on track.

TB-2
MTL-1

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 39 shots for the victory. A command performance from the man who can be the single biggest difference-maker for this team and its potential second half improvement.

First Period
0:42 TB Cirelli (10), (Cernak)
5:48 MTL Petry (6), (Cousins, Domi)
8:28 TB Kucherov (14), (Point)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NO SCORING

Vasilevskiy was the game’s first star.

I’m not in love with the Lightning getting outpossessed significantly by Montreal in half the periods they’ve played against them recently. I am in love with the team finding ways to make that not matter and get wins. And, I’m very in love with clinching a successful 10-game segment of the season, erasing the minor deficit the team had at the end of the last one, and having an opportunity for some insurance points in Ottawa up next.

Next upon the docket: reeling in Toronto in the standings.

Carter Verhaeghe played 8:19.

Mitchell Stephens had a hit and was 22% on 9 draws in 7:24. The road has been unkind to his faceoff numbers thus far.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.