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NHL Game Night: 11-25-19 Sabres at Lightning

Survive. Outlast. Advance.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 30 shots for the victory. It was a very similar formula for the Lightning where he, again, weathered an early storm and got the goal support once the team got its legs underneath them.

First Period
0:13 TB Kucherov (8), (Palat)
3:40 BUF Reinhart (9), (Olofsson, Eichel)

Second Period
1:48 BUF Vesey (1), (unassisted)
7:20 TB Sergachev (2), (Palat, Shattenkirk)(PP)
9:26 TB Gourde (6), (McDonagh, Maroon)

Third Period
8:17 TB Paquette (3), (Cirelli, McDonagh)(SH)
9:06 TB Palat (8), (Joseph)(SH)

Ondrej Palat, Ryan McDonagh, and Cedric Paquette were the game's three stars.

It isn't pretty, start to finish, but the Lightning are developing a recipe for success without Stamkos in the lineup. It's fascinating to see the team execute a version of last year's playbook, but do it utilizing some lower line pieces like Cirelli, etc.

Carter Verhaeghe was -1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 10:22.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Bolts Exchange Spencer for Stevens in Minor League Deal

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired defenseman Devante Stephens from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for defenseman Matthew Spencer, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Stephens, 22, has appeared in three games with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL, posting one assist and 13 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound defenseman skated in 69 games with the Cyclones last season, recording eight goals and 25 points to go along with 59 penalty minutes. Stephens also appeared in one game with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League in 2018-19, registering two penalty minutes. He’s played in seven career AHL games, all with Rochester, notching nine penalty minutes.

The Surrey, British Columbia native was drafted by Buffalo in the fifth round, 122nd overall, at the 2015 NHL Draft.

NCAA Game Night: November 23, 2019

Saturday night NCAA highlights features Alex Green 1G and 6-game point streak in #2 Cornell win over Princeton; Cole Koepke 1 A and 6-game point streak in #9 UMD win over Colorado College; Max Crozier 1A, +4 in #12 Providence win over UConn. DEN breaks 5-game winless streak with blowout of WMU, but Chrona and Guttman benched in David Carle's shake-up. Taylor and Oldham sit backup in New Hampshire and Clarkson wins, Walker/Zuhlsdorf pointless in Minnesota tie, and Perbix pointless in St. Cloud loss.

All the details below...

Psst. Alex Green is quietly having himself a season. (Crozier too...)

NHL Game Night: 11-23-19 Ducks at Lightning

Twelve in ten. They did it again.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 38 shots for the victory. He played his best game in a little while helping to keep Anaheim at arm's length early in the contest when they had a wide possession advantage. Classic old school Vasiy, allowing his Lightning to find their legs and turn a game they looked poorly in early into a garbage time laugher of a win.

First Period
16:08 TB Point (6), (Rutta, Conacher)
18:00 ANH Grant (6), (unassisted)(SH)

Second Period
5:28 TB Kucherov (7), (Cirelli, Killorn)
7:57 ANH Rakell (8), (Getzlaf, Fowler)
12:39 TB Point (7), (Hedman, Vasilevskit)(PP)
14:25 TB Maroon (5), (Paquette, Sergachev)

Third Period
6:20 TB Cirelli (5), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)
17:27 TB Palat (7), (Shattenkirk, Gourde)(PP)

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

With the franchise cornerstone center out injured, the Lightning got a command performance from a couple of young centerman. No surprise that bona fde all-star Brayden Point stepped up, but given an expanded role Anthony Cirelli showed the quality he brings to the rink. It's silly good depth to have three centers who are legit NHL scoring line players, and Cirelli's got the grit and smarts to drop down a line (and the character to handle it for the good of the club).

So, the Lightning had to win the past two games to stay on comfortable playoff pace, and lo and behold they did. Sitting on 24 points through 20 games they're dead on the 12 in every 10 pace they need to be to punch their postseason ticket. Does it look artistic to this point? No. The injuries have really stifled the Lightning's ability to fully establish a little heavier version of their old volume shooting possession style. But, sitting here in November, that's not a big concern. Staying on pace is.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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