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NHL Game Night: 10-10-19 Lightning at Maple Leafs

Brayden Point returns as Lightning smoke Leafs.

TB-7
TOR-3

Andrei Vasilveskiy allowed 3 goals on 28 shots for the victory. The mark of some of the good ones is that they have a rough First Period and then completely shut it down the rest of the way. That happened with Vasiy tonight.

First Period
2:28 TB Point (1), (Stamkos, Kucherov)
4:19 TOR Johnsson (1), (Matthews, Marner)(PP)
7:46 TOR Tavares (1), (Holl, Kapanen)
11:24 TB Kucherov (2), (Hedman, Cirelli)(PP)
12:45 TB Shattenkirk (3), (Johnson)
17:56 TOR Matthews (6), (Muzzin, Nylander)
19:17 TB Stamkos (3), (Cirelli, Point)(PP)

Second Period
10:46 TB Point (2), (Kucherov, Stamkos)

Third Period
3:56 TB Palat (2), (Cirelli, Sergachev)
6:57 TB Kucherov (3), (Stamkos)

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

This is why you don't panic about a bad game without one of your two best players in the lineup. Now it's Toronto's turn to act like the sky is falling. In the meantime, Tampa Bay now has six games to collect seven more points in this opening ten game segment of the campaign.

Carter Verhaeghe was -1 with 1 shot in 11:21. He was also 30% on ten draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NCAA Game Weekend: October 5-6, 2019

*Exhibition*
Alberta Golden Bears 5 @ #1 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3 (Saturday)

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
’18-’19 Totals: 42 GP, 7-12-19, +14, 14 PIM

NHL Game Night: 10-6-19 Lightning at Hurricanes

McElhinney steals an undeserved point for the Lightning.

TB-3
CAR-4 (OT)

Curtis McElhinney allowed 4 goals on 44 shots for the loss. He was the only reason the Lightning didn't completely embarrass themselves.

First Period
1:14 CAR Pesce (1), (McGinn, Svechnikov)
2:22 TB Johnson (1), (Hedman)
9:53 TB Shattenkirk (2), (Sergachev, Gourde)(PP)
17:44 TB Stamkos (2), (unassisted)

Second Period
13:49 CAR Haula (3), (Hamilton, Teravainen)(PP)

Third Period
12:48 CAR Hamilton (1), (Teravainen, Svechnikov)(PP)

Overtime
1:53 CAR Slavin (2), (Staal)

I'm not going to overblow this because it's the third game of the season with a Lightning lineup that doesn't include Brayden Point, but it underscores the danger of camping with a bottomfeeder like Florida for half a month. Matched up against an actual good team, the Lightning found themselves suddenly swimming in deep and unfamiliar waters. To get outshot 27-2 from the Second Period on in this game is just something these players need to do some soul searching about as they travel tonight. You could make an argument that this team could easily be winless on the season this far and only their raw skill level and goaltending are holding them at a mediocre and dubious .500 record. It's not good enough so far.

Carter Verheaghe was +1 in 12:56 of ice time.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 10-5-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

W Maxim Cajkovic, Saint John: Remains sidelined with lower body injury (9/21)
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
18-19 Totals: 48 GP, 10-20-30, +17, 36 PIM

Halifax Mooseheads 4 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 3 (OT)

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 10/16 FO, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 7 GP, 0-4-4, -7, 0 PIM
18-19 Totals: 68 GP, 35-48-83, +41, 27 PIM

Fortier has started the season on a 7-game goalless streak and has taken a minus-7 in his last three games. The 7-game goalless drought matches his longest such streak last year.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 1 @ Prince George Cougars 4

W Nolan Foote, KEL: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season Totals: 6 GP, 2-6-8, E, 13 PIM
19-20 Totals: 66 GP, 36-27-63, -1, 62 PIM

Foote scored his second of the year, but thought it cut the Cougars’ lead to 2-1 it was only enough to have the Rockets avoid a shutout.

Everett Silvertips 3 @ Kamloops Blazers 2

D Quinn Schmiemann, KAM: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 12 PIM
19-20 Totals: 58 GP, 5-23-28, -7, 30 PIM

Everett scored a road win in Kamloops Saturday, topping the Blazers 3-2.

United States Hockey League

Green Bay Gamblers 1 @ Chicago Steel 3

W McKade Webster, GB: 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 4 GP, 1-3-4, -3, 6 PIM
19-20 Totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 4 PIM
*Committed to the University of Denver

Webster extended his point streak to three games as Green Bay fell to Chicago, 3-1, Saturday.

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