Vampire-like Lightning again refuse to die.
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 30 shots for the victory. After a couple of rough nights, the young man returned to solid form.
8:03 DET Zetterberg (16), (Nyquist, Nielsen)
5:53 TB Palat (15), (Coburn, Kucherov)
3:28 TB Kucherov (38), (Point)
Nikita Kucherov were the game's first and third stars.
Fighting fatigue and a pretty strong goaltending performance by Mrazek, the Lightning again declined an invitation to fold their cards and fought back to earn another critical 2 points. They pulled within 1 point of the Isles for the second Wild Card spot with the win with the Isles holding a game in hand. Hope still lives in a Lightning jersey, despite injuries and selling off at the deadline, it still lives.
Eight games to go: is it Stammer time? When will we see Tyler Johnson again? And, are any of these hole cards enough to push the Lightning, improbably, over the top and into the postseason?
Luke Witkowski had 1 shot and 1 hit in 10:05.
Gregg McKegg had 5 penalty minutes and 1 hit in a very slim 3:28. Got his butt unceremoniously kicked by Mantha.
Jake Dotchin was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and 3 hits in 19:58.
Gabriel Dumont had 2 shots and 3 hits in 7:15. He was also 17% on 6 draws.
Yanni Gourde had 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit and was 50% on 12 draws in 16:51.
Adam Erne had 7 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 3 hits in 8:15. He probably lost his fight with Athanasiou on points, but honestly if he had connected just once on what he was throwing he might've killed Athanasiou. I wouldn't want Erne or Dotchin mad at me.
Joel Vermin had 2 penalty minutes in 9:28.
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