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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

NHL Game Night: 1-2-20 Lightning at Canadiens

Lightning officially back on track.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 39 shots for the victory. A command performance from the man who can be the single biggest difference-maker for this team and its potential second half improvement.

First Period
0:42 TB Cirelli (10), (Cernak)
5:48 MTL Petry (6), (Cousins, Domi)
8:28 TB Kucherov (14), (Point)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NO SCORING

Vasilevskiy was the game’s first star.

I’m not in love with the Lightning getting outpossessed significantly by Montreal in half the periods they’ve played against them recently. I am in love with the team finding ways to make that not matter and get wins. And, I’m very in love with clinching a successful 10-game segment of the season, erasing the minor deficit the team had at the end of the last one, and having an opportunity for some insurance points in Ottawa up next.

Next upon the docket: reeling in Toronto in the standings.

Carter Verhaeghe played 8:19.

Mitchell Stephens had a hit and was 22% on 9 draws in 7:24. The road has been unkind to his faceoff numbers thus far.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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