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NHL Game Night: 10-5-19 Lightning at Panthers

Panthers declare themselves Stanley Cup champions on October 5th after posting their first win against Lightning in over a year.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 28 shots for the loss. He's got to stop that fourth goal early in the Third Period. I get that it's a tipped puck, but with Smith getting the goal to keep the team alive before the end of the Second Period, you need that situational stop early in the Third to give yourself a real shot at the comeback.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
9:39 FLA Hoffman (2), (Huberdeau, Yandle)(PP)
11:05 FLA Hoffman (3), (Huberdeau, Barkov)(PP)
12:32 FLA Aciari (1), (Sceviour, Hunt)
16:23 TB Smith (1), (Witkowski, Maroon)

Third Period
0:17 FLA Hoffman (4), (Ekblad, Connolly)
6:40 TB Stamkos (1), (Hedman, Shattenkirk)
15:41 TB Joseph (1), (Gourde, Verheaghe)

Bobrovsky stood on his head at times, which was probably the difference in the matchup. Fortunately, as the game was played at Sunrise, no one was there to see the Lightning's shame in dropping this one to the trash fire their neighbors to the southeast pretend is a hockey franchise.

Carter Verhaeghe had his first NHL point, a helper, and was +1 with 3 shots in 9:18.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 10-4-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Eagles 7 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 10/16 FO, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 6 GP, 0-4-4, -3, 0 PIM
18-19 Totals: 68 GP, 35-48-83, +41, 27 PIM

The Eagles improved to 5-1 with a commanding 7-2 win over the Drakkar Friday. Undrafted prospect Ryan Francis (1-4) and Minnesota pick Shawn Boudrias (3-2) both had five points for Cape Breton.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 2 @ Prince George Cougars 1

W Nolan Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 5 GP, 1-6-7, +2, 13 PIM
19-20 Totals: 66 GP, 36-27-63, -1, 62 PIM

Pavel Novak (2020) scored twice for the Rockets to lead Kelowna to a 2-1 road win in Prince George. Coming off a 4-point game, Nolan Foote did not register a point in the win.

United States Hockey League

Waterloo Blackhawks 3 @ Green Bay Gamblers 1

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

Webster had an assist, but Green Bay fell at home to the visiting Blackhawks, 3-1.

AHL Game Night: 10-4-19 Crunch at Americans

Crunch drop lackluster opener in OT.

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Louis Domingue allowed 3 goals on 33 shots for the OT loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
0:38 RCH Thompson (1), (Asplund)
8:30 SYR Conacher (1), (Masin, Mueller)(PP)

Third Period
1:04 RCH Oglevie (1), (Wilson, Redmond)
11:24 SYR Martel (1), (Domingue)(PP)

Overtime
4:17 RCH Thompson (2), (Asplund, Redmond)

Cory Conacher was the game's third star.

Prospect forward Boris Katchouk was also denied on a penalty shot in the contest. The Crunch put forth an uneven effort, overall, that they'll look to improve upon in their next outing.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 10-3-19 Panthers at Lightning

Not a Picasso, but Lightning comfortably take the season opener.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy was very well locked in allowing 2 goals on 37 shots for the victory. Arguably the difference maker tonight.

First Period
6:39 TB Kucherov (1), (Sergachev, Joseph)

Second Period
2:35 FLA Hoffman (1), (Trocheck, Connolly)
10:28 TB Shattenkirk (1), (Sergachev, Killorn)

Third Period
8:49 FLA Trocheck (1), (Ekblad)(SH)
9:34 TB Palat (1), (Killorn, Sergachev)(PP)
13:51 TB Maroon (1), (Hedman, Kucherov)
19:14 TB Cernak (1), (Cirelli)(EN)

Ondrej Palat, Vasilevskiy, and Mikhail Sergachev were the game's three stars.

Too many shots against, too many odd man rushes surrendered, and that neutral zone turnover on the shorthander allowed was awful, but in the end equation the Lightning seemed to have control of this opener. There's plenty of things to harp on if you're the coaching staff, but it's nice to know that even without Brayden Point the offense still looks like a juggernaut and that the new additions are already contributing. I really liked the veterans Julien BriseBois (AKA Young Breezy) brought in this year, because unlike the Girardi's and Kunitz's of the world, Shattenkirk and Maroon do have some tread left on the tires. That showed up nicely tonight.

After last year, I'm not putting too much stock in the regular season beyond simply making sure the team makes the postseason comfortably. Nine more games to get ten more points in this open segment of the season.

Carter Verhaeghe was +1 with 1 shot in 10:55 in his NHL debut.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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