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NHL Game Night: 2-10-20 Lightning at Blue Jackets

Lightning return to the scene of the crime and earn an important psychological victory.

TB-2
CBJ-1 (OT)

Curtis McElhinney allowed 1 goal on 32 shots for the victory.

First Period
2:29 TB Kucherov (26), (Sergachev, Point)

Second Period
3:44 CBJ Bjorkstrand (18), (Dubois, Bemstrom)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
0:31 TB Kucherov (27), (Hedman, Point)

Nikita Kucherov and McElhinney were the game's first and second stars.

I'm not going to sit here and tell you that's the same Columbus team that the Lightning played in the playoffs last season and that this game was some sort of important rite of vengeance or redemption. It's apples to oranges. What I will tell you is that for the Lightning to go into Columbus and prove that they can beat a John Tortorella coach team playing a tight, grindy, hand-working John Tortorella style of hockey (and on a winning streak) absolutely does matter. That should be a little bit of validation for the style the Lightning have been continuing to master this regular season, and shows that they're capable of matching another team's willpower and work rate. And, that IS important.

Mitchell Stephens was -1 in 11:26. He was also 56% on nine draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-8-20 Crunch at Comets

One more point dropped late by porous Crunch.

SYR-4
UTI-5 (SO)

Scott Wedgewood allowed 4 goals on 29 shots before allowing two of three to convert in the penalty shot session for the SO loss.

First Period
1:30 SYR Raddysh (14), (Katchouk, Walcott)
4:13 UTI Camper (7), (Boucher, Baertschi)
5:30 SYR Joseph (5), (Colton)
13:20 UTI Gadjovich (11), (Juolevi, Sautner)(PP)
18:12 SYR Abbandonato (4), (Volkov, Smith)

Second Period
3:39 UTI Jasek (14), (Leblanc)(SH)

Third Period
4:47 SYR Raddysh (15), (Martel, Katchouk)
8:59 UTI Boucher (26), (Stevens)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
SYR- Barre-Boulet
UTI- Perron, Boucher

Taylor Raddysh was the game's second star. Boris Katchouk had two helpers to put him at 25 points for the campaign, which bests the 23 points he put up as a rookie last year.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-8-20 Islanders at Lightning

Lightning strangle the life out of Islanders attack.

NYI-1
TB-3

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 18 shots for the victory. I've seen him sharper. Then again, I've also seen him face more shots in a period than he did in this entire game.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
0:14 TB Point (20), (Kucherov)

Third Period
6:25 TB Verhaeghe (7), (Gourde, Stephens)
12:12 NYI Brassard (10), (Bailey, Beauvillier)(PP)
18:58 TB Stamkos (26), (Point, Kucherov)(EN)

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

Stifling performance by the Lightning defensively in all three zones. The Isles aren't exactly a supercharged offensive club to begin with, but the Lightning were just generally strong in their puck management and pursuit all game long, leaving the Isles with few chances and what few shot attempts they got were often blocked before they ever reached Vasiy. Crazy to think the Lightning can do this with their #7 and #8 d-men being pressed into service with Rutta and McDonagh out hurt.

Mitchell Stephens had a helper and was +1 with 3 hits and 1 blocked shot in 12:15. He was also 50% on 10 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-7-20 Crunch at Americans

Crunch solve Rochester riddle.

SYR-5
ROC-2

Spencer Martin allowed 2 goals on 24 shots for the victory.

First Period
16:46 ROC Mittelstadt (7), (Malone, Bryson)(PP)

Second Period
7:23 SYR Smith (18), (Barre-Boulet, Foote)(PP)
14:58 SYR Joseph (4), (Foote, Barre-Boulet)

Third Period
6:07 SYR Barre-Boulet (19), (Colton)
11:40 SYR Martel (16), (Katchouk, Roe)
12:37 ROC Dea (14), (Mittelstadt, Bryson)(PP)
15:39 SYR Smith (19), (unassisted)(EN)

Alex Barre-Boulet and Gemel Smith were the game's first and second stars.

After so many run and gun games and playing from behind so often, building a three goal lead midway through the Third Period tonight must've felt like a cool drink of water in the middle of the desert for Syracuse.

Syracuse actually rose to fifth in the North Division with the win, although sixth place Toronto holds three games in hand.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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