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

Lightning win goaltending duel to complete California sweep.


Curtis McElhinney stopped all 30 shots he faced for the SO win, outdoing a very sharp Aaron Dell at the other end of the rink.

First Period

Second Period
4:04 TB Stamkos (23), (Shattenkirk, Sergachev)

Third Period
17:57 TB Kucherov (24), (Stamkos, Point)
19:43 TB Palat (14), (Cirelli)(EN)

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

This was another game where, in the past, the Lightning may have gotten themselves in trouble getting frustrated and overpressing and getting loose defensively. Maybe that happened a wee bit in the Second Period after the Lightning failed to get payoff for a very dominant First Period, but in general they remained patient and did the work.

Carter Verhaeghe had 1 hit in 10:16. Verhaeghe is now getting down to the nitty gritty, just two games away from graduation from prospect status on the site.

Mitchell Stephens had 1 blocked shot in 10:55 and was 75% on 8 draws. He's almost 57% on his draws through his first 24 NHL games, hence why he's sticking in the league at the moment.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.