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AHL Game Day: 2-5-20 Crunch at Sound Tigers

Crunch rise back to .500.

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BRI-2

Scott Wedgewood allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the win, including turning away a penalty shot opportunity.

First Period
17:51 BRI Bardreau (2), (Ho-Sang, Bourque)

Second Period
1:32 SYR Abbandonato (3), (Katchouk, D. Stephens)
16:25 BRI Ho-Sang (2), (Koivula, Aho)

Third Period
7:57 SYR Martel (15), (Katchouk, Masin)
13:27 SYR Volkov (6), (Barre-Boulet, Abbandonato)

Alexander Volkov and Peter Abbandonato were the game's first and third stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-4-20 Golden Knights at Lightning

Lightning survive anemic possession performance.

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TB-4

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 29 shots for the victory.

First Period
10:57 TB Point (19), (Kucherov, Cernak)
15:42 LV Carrier (6), (McNabb, Eakin)
17:57 TB Johnson (13), (Cirelli, Palat)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
3:47 LV Stastny (16), (Marchessault, McNabb)
10:36 TB Stamkos (24), (Point, Kucherov)
19:15 TB Killorn (21), (Palat)(EN)

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

Quality win against a quality opponent, but 18 SOG a game isn't a recipe for sustainable success. The Lightning can get by here and there with their high skill level and when Vasilevskiy's in form, but there's room for improvement on tonight's performance overall.

Carter Verhaeghe was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 10:05.

Mitchell Stephens was -1 with 4 shots and 1 hit in 12:40 and he was 50% on 16 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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

Lightning win goaltending duel to complete California sweep.

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SJ-0

Curtis McElhinney stopped all 30 shots he faced for the SO win, outdoing a very sharp Aaron Dell at the other end of the rink.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
4:04 TB Stamkos (23), (Shattenkirk, Sergachev)

Third Period
17:57 TB Kucherov (24), (Stamkos, Point)
19:43 TB Palat (14), (Cirelli)(EN)

McElhinney and Steven Stamkos were the game's first and third stars.

This was another game where, in the past, the Lightning may have gotten themselves in trouble getting frustrated and overpressing and getting loose defensively. Maybe that happened a wee bit in the Second Period after the Lightning failed to get payoff for a very dominant First Period, but in general they remained patient and did the work.

Carter Verhaeghe had 1 hit in 10:16. Verhaeghe is now getting down to the nitty gritty, just two games away from graduation from prospect status on the site.

Mitchell Stephens had 1 blocked shot in 10:55 and was 75% on 8 draws. He's almost 57% on his draws through his first 24 NHL games, hence why he's sticking in the league at the moment.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-1-20 Bruins at Crunch

Crunch fall below .500 in brutal thumping.

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SYR-2

Scott Wedgewood allowed 5 goals on 29 shots for the loss. So much for Wedgewood being the season's savior.

First Period
8:04 PRO Studnicka (16), (Latosi, Gaunce)

Second Period
6:10 SYR Raddysh (12), (Gaunce, Valleau)
10:56 PRO Steen (6), (Vaakanainen, Fitzgerald)
13:42 SYE Raddysh (13), (Martel, Katchouk)
19:37 PRO Fredric (7), (Lantosi, Zech)(PP)

Third Period
15:57 PRO Kampfer (1), (Steen, Studnicka)(PP)
17:27 PRO Studnicka (17), (Carey)(EN)
19:20 PRO Koppanen (8), (Studnicka, Steen)

Taylor Raddysh was the game's second star.

The Crunch have now dropped into a tie for the basement in the North Division. Oof.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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