NHL Game Night: 1-29-20 Lightning at Kings

Lightning shake off sleepy start to double up Kings.

TB-4
LA-2

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 34 shots for the victory. Made one or two key situational saves once the game got to a two goal deficit to keep the team in it.

First Period
6:44 LA Toffoli (13), (Kempe, Kopitar)(PP)

Second Period
1:18 LA Iafallo (11), (Brown, Martinez)
5:48 TB Johnson (12), (Palat, Cirelli)
11:58 TB Stamkos (21), (Kucherov, Point)

Third Period
4:13 TB Cernak (4), (Kucherov, Stamkos)
19:59 TB Stamkos (22), (Point, Killorn)(EN)

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

Obviously that's not the way you draw it up, and the first 25 minutes of this game looked like another study in the old chestnut that "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard." Fortunately, the Lightning pulled themselves together after nearly falling down 3-0 and soon secured the final game of this, fifth 10-game segment of the season. They now have five insurance points in the bank for playoff pacing with three segments to play.

Carter Verhaeghe had 2 hits and 1 blocked shot in 10:41. Verhaeghe is now four games from graduating from prospect status on the website.

Mitchell Stephens had 2 shots and 2 hits in 11:11. He was also 67% on 12 draws. For comparison's sake, Stephens is still 19 games from graduation from prospect status, which seems do-able in 32 remaining regular season games, but it's clear this is the thinnest class of Bolt Prospects Alumni in 2019-2020 perhaps ever.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.