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Old 11-23-2019, 11:05 PM
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Default NHL Game Night: 11-23-19 Ducks at Lightning






Twelve in ten. They did it again.

ANH-2
TB-6


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 38 shots for the victory. He played his best game in a little while helping to keep Anaheim at arm's length early in the contest when they had a wide possession advantage. Classic old school Vasiy, allowing his Lightning to find their legs and turn a game they looked poorly in early into a garbage time laugher of a win.

First Period
16:08 TB Point (6), (Rutta, Conacher)
18:00 ANH Grant (6), (unassisted)(SH)

Second Period
5:28 TB Kucherov (7), (Cirelli, Killorn)
7:57 ANH Rakell (8), (Getzlaf, Fowler)
12:39 TB Point (7), (Hedman, Vasilevskit)(PP)
14:25 TB Maroon (5), (Paquette, Sergachev)

Third Period
6:20 TB Cirelli (5), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)
17:27 TB Palat (7), (Shattenkirk, Gourde)(PP)

Vasilevskiy, Brayden Point, and Anthony Cirelli were the game's three stars.

With the franchise cornerstone center out injured, the Lightning got a command performance from a couple of young centerman. No surprise that bona fde all-star Brayden Point stepped up, but given an expanded role Anthony Cirelli showed the quality he brings to the rink. It's silly good depth to have three centers who are legit NHL scoring line players, and Cirelli's got the grit and smarts to drop down a line (and the character to handle it for the good of the club).

So, the Lightning had to win the past two games to stay on comfortable playoff pace, and lo and behold they did. Sitting on 24 points through 20 games they're dead on the 12 in every 10 pace they need to be to punch their postseason ticket. Does it look artistic to this point? No. The injuries have really stifled the Lightning's ability to fully establish a little heavier version of their old volume shooting possession style. But, sitting here in November, that's not a big concern. Staying on pace is.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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