NHL Game Night: 2-11-20 Lightning at Penguins

Gourde eradicates the monkey on his back to deliver OT win against all odds.

TB-2
PIT-1 (OT)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 36 shots for the victory. Got about three more from his friend Red Iron tonight as well.

First Period
11:31 PIT Malkin (18), (Crosby, Letang)(PP)

Second Period
3:59 TB Sergachev (9), (Kucherov, Maroon)(PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
2:45 TB Gourde (7), (Point, Hedman)

Vasilevskiy and Yanni Gourde were the game's first and third stars. For Gourde, it was his first goal since late November. Floodgates, hopefully.

Color me impressed. The Lightning came into this night without the services of Steven Stamkos. By about midway through the contest they had also lost Anthony Cirelli and Nikita Kucherov to injuries. On the road. Playing against one of the four best teams in the Eastern Conference. And, they did not blink. They did not allow Pittsburgh to tilt the ice against them. They played a strong, structured game and eventually took the initiative after weathering the storm early in OT to get the win.

Mitchell Stephens had 4 shots in 17:35 tonight and was 27% on 15 draws. With injuries and fatigue on the back half of a back-to-back, Stephens had to play against the big boys tonight and, with the exception of the faceoff circles, he held his own. That bottom line had to take the test, and they passed it.

With the win, the Lightning move to within a point of Boston for both the Atlantic Division lead and the most points in the NHL. I'm not sure I want that President's Trophy again, but it's sitting there for the taking with the Lightning also boasting the league's best goal differential and tied with Boston for the lead in regulation wins.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.