Talk Lightning hockey with fans and staff at the BP Message Boards and follow us on Twitter!

NHL Game Night: 1-5-20 Lightning at Hurricanes

Lightning achieve full blown road warrior status.

TB-3
CAR-1

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 29 shots for the victory. That's two straight quality starts from the young star.

First Period
2:36 TB Stephens (2), (Verhaeghe, Kucherov)
4:44 TB Stamkos (16), (unassisted)

Second Period
5:19 TB Point (17), (Kucherov, Stamkos)

Third Period
11:48 CAR Svechnikov (18), (Slavin, Pesce)

Vasilevskiy and Steven Stamkos were the game's first and second stars.

If there was ever a potential "schedule loss" for the Lightning, it might've been this one, not only because of the high number of games in a compressed window but because of the possession-heavy style Carolina plays. It's an incredibly impressive thing to see that not only were the Lightning competitive in this game, but they were able to put it away in 40 minutes and enjoy some garbage time in the Third Period. That's how good teams get it done.

Carter Verheaghe had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 9:40. Now that the team has hit the halfway point of the season, Verhaeghe is the only prospect close to graduation from prospect status, needing 13 more appearances.

Mitchell Stephens had a goal and was +1 with 3 shots and 2 hits in 9:21. He was also 50% on 12 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 1-4-20 Lightning at Senators

Lightning comeback puts team at end of fourth ten game segment 2 points ahead of playoff pace.

TB-5
OTT-3

Curtis McElhinney allowed 3 goals on 28 shots for the victory.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
0:46 OTT Tierney (6), (Jaros)
2:40 TB Vergaeghe (2), (Hedman, Gourde)
3:45 TB Shattenkirk (7), (unassisted)
11:40 OTT Pageau (19), (Batherson, Ennis)(PP)
19:51 OTT Borowiecki (5), (Anisimov, Chabot)

Third Period
8:37 TB Point (16), (Sergachev, Kucherov)
18:39 TB Johnson (9), (Hedman, Palat)
19:53 TB Killorn (16), (unasssisted)(EN)

Tyler Johnson and Victor Hedman were the game’s first and third stars.

The Lightning pull into the 40 game mark of the season sitting on 50 points, so they’re on pace for about a 101 point campaign, which is nicely on playoff pace. It’s been a very successful 10-game segment of the year allowing the Lightning to erase a small 1 point deficit and re-instill confidence this is a solid playoff contender.

Carter Verheaghe had a goal and was +1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 8:50.

Mitchell Stephens was +1 with 1 shot in 11:49. He was also 73% on 11 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-4-20 Crunch at Rocket

Crunch fail to parlay drubbing of Toronto into a streak.

SYR-2
LAV-3

Zach Fucale allowed 3 goals on 15 shots fresh off the Spengler Cup. Sadly, not the result that seems to put him in the discussion for fixing some of Syracuse’s iffy goaltending issues.

First Period
15:52 LAV Ouellet (8), (McCarron)(PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
0:48 LAV Veilleux (4), (Leskinen, McCarron)
5:04 LAC Cuddemi (2), (Lynch)
10:16 SYR Barre-Boulet (14), (Foote, Mattel)(PP)
15:22 SYR Katchouk (7), (Joseph, Foote)

Mathieu Joseph was the game’s third star.

In fairness to the Crunch skaters, they did outshoot Laval by a ridiculous 35-15 margin. So it’s not like they played really poorly. It’s just the story of 2019-2020 thus far: whether it’s goaltending or defense or inability to finish chances, the team just can’t seem to string together enough complete efforts to win enough games to really rise up the standings.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-3-20 Marlies at Crunch

Syracuse buries Marlies under an avalanche of goals.

TOR-2
SYR-8

Spencer Martin allowed 2 goals on 22 shots for the win. Sweet sweet goal support.

First Period
0:46 SYR Smith (12), (Conacher, Thomas)
14:15 SYR Thomas (2), (Somppi, Martel)
17:47 SYR Raddysh (6), (Barre-Boulet, Foote)(PP)

Second Period
3:14 SYR Colton (5), (Barre-Boulet, Volkov)(PP)
5:39 TOR Petan (4), (Liljegren, Agostino)(PP)
6:42 SYR Conacher (12), (Martel)(SH)
8:46 SYR Smith (13), (Foote, Joseph)
11:14 TOR Read (4), (Harpur, Baptiste)

Third Period
7:21 SYR Barre-Boulet (13), (Raddysh, Somppi)
12:22 SYR Somppi (4), (Walcott, Huntington)

Gemel Smith, Otto Somppi, and Ben Thomas were the game’s three stars.

Syracuse finally put together the kind of dominant performance their talent level suggests on paper they’re capable of. I’m not even talking about the eight goals, either. The team outpossessed Toronto, a perennially strong AHL club, by a remarkable 56-22 advantage. The eight goals may not happen every night, but this kind of well rounded pressure attack from Syracuse absolutely can, and with a little luck you get a night like this one where everyone starts finding the scoresheet and everyone gets to feed.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Syndicate content