NHL Game Night: 3-11-19 Lightning at Maple Leafs

In which the Lightning teach Mitch Marner to shut his dirty trap...


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the victory.

First Period
10:07 TB Johnson (23), (McDonagh, Kucherov)
18:38 TB Cirelli (14), (Sergachev, Killorn)

Second Period
4:20 TB Johnson (24), (Point, McDonagh)
4:50 TB Palat (8), (Coburn, Rutta)
11:49 TOR Matthews (31), (Johnsson, Zaitsev)
18:16 TB Paquette (11), (Hedman, Gourde)(SH)

Third Period
5:59 TB Paquette (12), (Gourde, Rutta)
19:55 TOR Brown (6), (Marleau, Kadri)

Tyler Johnson, Cedric Paquette, and Ryan McDonagh were the game's three stars.

Mitch Marner decided to run his mouth before this game proclaiming to the Toronto media that the gap between the Lightning and the Maple Leafs wasn't that large. He supplied the bulletin board material. The Lightning supplied the ass-whoopin'. Any questions?

It's not that the Lightning won a game 6-2. It's that every other shift seemed to spend 45 seconds in Toronto's zone and that they outpossessed Toronto to the tune of a 42-28 SOG disparity. Toronto was non-threatening offensively because they never got a sniff of the puck, let alone zone time. They and their media enablers can make excuses about puck luck or it being their first game back off a road trip all they want. If they believe any of it, just know it's indicative of what a bunch of soft-as-Charmin pretenders they are. If you're gonna be disrespectful enough to tug on Superman's cape, don't make excuses when it ends badly for you.

And, if any other potential Lightning playoff matchups want to contract a case of diarrhea of the mouth like Marner did, I encourage it. This Lightning team is downright evil when it's salty and feels like it has a point to make.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.