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AHL Game Night: 1-11-20 Americans at Crunch

Four goal Third Period helps Comeback Crunch stave off slipping down to the .500 mark.

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SYR-5

Spencer Martin allowed 4 goals on 24 shots for the victory. Julien BriseBois needs to please, for the love of God, do something about the goaltending situation in Syracuse. Please. Martin's got an .888 save percentage now, for crying out loud.

First Period
5:55 RCH Randell (5), (unassisted)
10:43 RCH Gilmour (4), (Smith)

Second Period
9:25 SYR Colton (7), (Raddysh)
10:32 RCH Murray (5), (Mittlestadt, Smith)

Third Period
2:47 SYR Raddysh (8), (Colton, Joseph)
4:14 RCH Dea (12), (unassisted)(SH)
8:36 SYR Katchouk (8), (Thomas, Raddysh)
11:45 SYR Sielhoff (2), (Conacher)
17:32 SYR Walcott (4), (Smith, Conacher)

Taylor Raddysh, Ross Colton, and Boris Katchouk were the game's three stars. Nice result for the Lightning's prospect forwards and their development.

Syracuse ended up outshooting Rochester by about a 3:2 margin, but I'll say it again: this is a very frustrating game when your team has to work that much harder just to get a goal because goaltending is not what it should be. Syracuse has the worst GAA in the Eastern Conference right now having surrendered 129 goals in just 37 games. Having the third most goals in the East will remain irrelevant until Syracuse can keep fishing it out of the back of their own nets.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 1-11-20 Lightning at Flyers

Back to back unleashing of kittens.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 23 shots he faced for his second straight shutout. He's getting nicely ensconced in the zone. This was one of those games where he made it look easy, but it surely wasn't.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
7:27 TB Maroon (6), (unassisted)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Vasilevskiy and Patrick Maroon were the game's first and third stars.

Ten straight wins now for the Lightning, and what you love to see is the synergy between lock down defense, good possession, and a goaltender fully rounding into form. It's a potent looking formula right now as the team just tied the franchise record with ten straight victories. And because of that, they're winning games multiple ways, tonight looking dominant even though they were in a tight 1-0 bout on the scoreboard.

Carter Verhaeghe had 1 hit and 2 blocked shots in 11:17.

Mitchell Stephens was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and 1 hit in 13:46. He was also 63% on 8 draws. To my eyes, he's been the prize of this year's crop of prospects breaking into the NHL for the Lightning.

Alexander Volkov had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 11:01.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL game Night: 1-10-20 Rocket at Crunch

Crunch goaltending continues to be hot garbage.

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Spencer Martin allowed 3 goals on 7 shots before getting the gate. Mike Condon then allowed 3 goals on 20 shots the rest of the way for the old back door loss.

First Period
4:27 SYR Conacher (13), (Martel, Sieloff)
6:45 LAV Barber (7), (unassisted)
19:04 SYR Raddysh (7), (Colton, Sielhoff)

Second Period
0:37 LAV Folin (1), (Veilleux, Barber)
2:18 LAV Alain (8), (Ouellet)
2:34 LAV Lynch (4), (Jevpalovs, Folin)
6:42 SYR Colton (6), (Foote)(PP)
17:50 LAV Hudon (17), (Ouellet, Evans)(PP)

Third Period
9:26 SYR Walcott (3), (Thomas, Yan)
13:56 LAV Hudon (18), (Evans)
17:00 LAV Alzner (1), (Cox)(EN)
19:50 SYR Gaunce (4), (Joseph, Conacher)(PP)

Ross Colton was the game's third star.

Hockey's a painfully frustrating sport when the other team doesn't have to work as hard as you do to score goals. No organization knows that better than the Lightning's given how much it struggled at the goaltending position the first two decades of its existence. Of the five goaltenders who have appeared in net for the Crunch this season, not a one had a .900 or better save percentage. In this day and age, you can't win games with that. Can't do it.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 1-9-20 Coyotes at Lightning

Lightning win streak continues unabated.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 25 shots he faced for the shutout victory. If there's one thing you can point to that would make this streak the Lightning are on durable for the second half of the year, it's the very real possibility that Vasilevskiy starts playing like the recent Vezina winner that he is. He's had a few one goal games recently, but to break through and get a clean sheet is another big milestone.

First Period
15:06 TB Killorn (18), (Maroon, Paquette)
18:24 TB Sergachev (7), (Paquette, Maroon)

Second Period
6:15 TB Kucherov (16), (Point, Stamkos)
8:52 TB Kucherov (17), (Stamkos, Rutta)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Vasilevskiy, Nikita Kucherov, and Mikhail Sergachev were the game's three stars.

Alex Killorn continues to push us closer to the brink of #EndOfDays, just two goals shy of the 20 goal plateau for the first time in his career.

Having passed Toronto in the standings into second in the Atlantic Division, the Lightning are now seven points back of Boston with a couple of games in hand. It's not un-doable for the team to catch the Bruins in the second half, and that was an unthinkable possibility just 10 games or so ago.

Carter Verheaghe had a shot in 11:46.

Mitchell Stephens had a shot and two hits in 13:04. He was also 57% on 14 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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