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NHL Game Night: 2-17-20 Lightning at Avalanche

Lightning push win streak to 11 by silencing upstart Avs in OT.

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COL-3 (OT)

Curtis McElhinney allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the victory. Made a handful of key situational saves. Good start from your number two. He's been steady in the role all year.

First Period
4:49 COL Burakovsky (19), (Rantanen, MacKinnon)(PP)

Second Period
4:54 TB Killorn (23), (Palat, Cirelli)
5:10 TB Gaunce (1), (unassisted)
13:43 TB Stamkos (27), (Point, Shattenkirk)
18:26 COL MacKinnon (33), (Landeskog, Johnson)

Third Period
12:43 COL Nichushkin (12), (Makar, Landeskog)

Overtime
3:03 TB Kucherov (29), (unassisted)

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

Once every couple of years my Center Ice feed reminds me of how much I can't stand the Avs' TV announcers. Thank you, Nikita Kucherov, for silencing those clowns. 'Preciate it.

Yep, Steven Stamkos scored goal 420 of his career at a mile high. Can't make this stuff up.

Tampa Bay completes segment six of the campaign at 85 points, a full 13 points ahead of minimum playoff pace. There's a decent chance they'll have the playoffs pretty well in the bag by the end of this next segment. Fortunately, there's still a lot to play for as they remain hovering just one point back of Boston in the division. So, they're still in hunter mode.

Bring on the Blake Coleman era.

Mitchell Stephens was +1 with 1 shot in 8:07. He was also 40% on 10 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 2-17-20 Crunch at Senators

Crunch streak halted in matinee massacre.

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BEL-5

Scott Wedgewood allowed 5 goals on 26 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
0:33 SYR Colton (10), (Barre-Boulet, Foote)(PP)
7:48 BEL Norris (27), (Szwarz, Balcers)(PP)
15:10 BEL Balcers (14), (Brannstrom, Norris)
15:46 BEL LaBate (8), (Klimchuk, Murray)

Third Period
1:03 BEL Norris (28), (Formenton, Jaros)
3:21 SYR Barre-Boulet (20), (Colton, Joseph)
3:38 BEL Formenton (23), (Szwarz, Carcone)

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-15-20 Americans at Crunch

Crunch comeback falls short in shootout.

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SYR-3 (SO)

Spencer Martin allowed 3 goals on 38 shots before allowing 2 of 3 shooters to convert in the PS session for the SO loss. Syracuse was outshot 38-18 in this contest, so it's clear that Martin's performance held his team in the game, which may be a sign this diminished workload is more in line with what he can handle at this point in his development.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
2:44 SYR Somppi (5), (Walcott)
4:42 RCH Murray (8), (Oglevie, Hickey)
12:52 RCH MacWilliam (2), (Mittlestadt)

Third Period
0:38 SYR Katchouk (11), (Martel, D. Stephens)
1:13 SYR Volkov (7), (Thomas, Colton)
5:28 RCH Smith(10), (Bryson, Asplund)(PP)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
RCH- Oglevie, Mittlestadt
SYR- NONE

Martin and Alexander Volkov were the game's first and second stars.

I'd love to see a stat of how many points the Crunch have lost from a leading position in the Third Period this season. It's got to be an astronomically large number, at this point, although in this case you can't gripe too much when they came into the final regulation fram trailing.

With a six game streak (4-0-0-2) Syracuse has moved into fifth position in the North Division 3 points clear of Laval and 1 point back of Toronto. However, the Marlies still hold three games in hand, so Syracuse HAS to keep streaking to give themselves a chance.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Day: 2-15-20 Flyers at Lightning

Just another typical wild Flyers/Lightning weekend afternoon game.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 33 shots for the win. The score and the stat line don't fully reflect it, but he was the difference in the game.

First Period
3:17 TB Killorn (22), (Shattenkirk, Sergachev)
14:55 TB Paquette (6), (Johnson, Maroon)

Second Period
2:35 TB Verhaeghe (8), (Hedman, Gourde)
8:57 PHI Provorov (11), (Giroux, Couturier)(PP)

Third Period
12:34 TB Point (21), (Stamkos, Kucherov)
15:31 PHI VanRiemsdyk (18), (Niskanen, Sanheim)(PP)
16:15 PHI Giroux (16), (Provorov, Konecny)
19:38 TB Kucherov (28), (Stamkos, Hedman)(EN)

Vasilevskiy, Steven Stamkos, and Brayden Point were the game's three stars.

40 minutes of pretty strong hockey and then arguably the worst Third Period the Lightning have put out protecting a lead in quite some time. Thankfully, Vasilevskiy stood on his head long enough for Point to establish the three goal margin and the Flyers, as is custom, were only able to get as close as the false hope goal.

Mitchell Stephens was +1 with 4 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 1 hit in 10:40. He was also 67% on 12 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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