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AHL Game Night: 1-31-20 Crunch at Americans

Syracuse falls back to .500 and into 7th in the North Division.

SYR-2
RCH-4

Scott Wedgewood allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the loss.

First Period
4:01 RCH Wilson (8), (Bryson)
5:23 SYR Walcott (5), (unassisted)(SH)
8:46 RCH Mittlestadt (6), (Wilson, Murray)

Second Period
0:48 RCH Wilson (9), (Bryson, Murray)(PP)
15:20 SYR Walcott (6), (Sieloff, Joseph)(PP)
15:54 RCH Smith (9), (Oglevie)

Third Period
NO SCORING

It's becoming increasingly obvious this is probably a lost season for Syracuse.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 1-31-20 Lightning at Ducks

Workmanlike road warriors keep up winning ways.

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ANH-3

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 26 shots for the victory.

First Period
4:07 TB Palat (13), (Cirelli, Johnson)
8:42 ANH Rakell (13), (Del Zotto, Getzlaf)
14:43 TB Cernak (5), (Point, Kucherov)
18:29 ANH Del Zotto (2), (unassisted)

Second Period
18:58 TB Cirelli (13), (Rutta, Maroon)

Third Period
10:56 TB Kucherov (23), (Stamkos)
19:47 ANH Terry (4), (Rakell, Getzlaf)

Anthony Cirelli and Brayden Point were the game's first and third stars.

Kind of a grindy, tight checking game where the Lightning were able to stay patient and manufacture a key greasy goal. That's good practice for the playoffs.

Carter Verheaghe was -2 with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 8:14.

Mitchell Stephens was -2 in 9:51. He was 45% on 11 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 1-29-20 Lightning at Kings

Lightning shake off sleepy start to double up Kings.

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LA-2

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 34 shots for the victory. Made one or two key situational saves once the game got to a two goal deficit to keep the team in it.

First Period
6:44 LA Toffoli (13), (Kempe, Kopitar)(PP)

Second Period
1:18 LA Iafallo (11), (Brown, Martinez)
5:48 TB Johnson (12), (Palat, Cirelli)
11:58 TB Stamkos (21), (Kucherov, Point)

Third Period
4:13 TB Cernak (4), (Kucherov, Stamkos)
19:59 TB Stamkos (22), (Point, Killorn)(EN)

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

Obviously that's not the way you draw it up, and the first 25 minutes of this game looked like another study in the old chestnut that "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard." Fortunately, the Lightning pulled themselves together after nearly falling down 3-0 and soon secured the final game of this, fifth 10-game segment of the season. They now have five insurance points in the bank for playoff pacing with three segments to play.

Carter Verhaeghe had 2 hits and 1 blocked shot in 10:41. Verhaeghe is now four games from graduating from prospect status on the website.

Mitchell Stephens had 2 shots and 2 hits in 11:11. He was also 67% on 12 draws. For comparison's sake, Stephens is still 19 games from graduation from prospect status, which seems do-able in 32 remaining regular season games, but it's clear this is the thinnest class of Bolt Prospects Alumni in 2019-2020 perhaps ever.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 1-27-20 Lightning at Stars

Lightning a little rusty and a little impatient in OT loss.

TB-2
DAL-3 (OT)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 35 shots for the OT loss. He stared down way too many breakaways in this one.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
13:41 TB Stamkos (19), (Kucherov, Rutta)
17:49 DAL Gurianov (12), (Seguin, Lindell)

Third Period
9:06 DAL Benn (13), (Comeau)
18:34 TB Stamkos (20), (Hedman, Kucherov)

Overtime
2:07 DAL Benn (14), (unassisted)

Vasilevskiy was the game's third star.

The Lightning's puck management was pretty uneven as the Lightning played one of those games where they can sometimes be their worst enemy. Facing a strong performance by Ben Bishop in the opposing nets, the Lightning started to press offensively and that, coupled with turnovers, led them to start leaking a lot of breakaways and other odd man opportunities. Considering it's the first game back from All-Star Break I don't put too much stock into it, but that has been the template for upsetting the Lightning in the postseason. They've got to maintain discipline and good habits even when the chances and the goals aren't flowing.

With one game left in this 10-game segment of the campaign, the Lightning now sit on three insurance points. Five sounds better to me.

Carter Verhaeghe was -1 with 1 shot in 5:56.

Mitchell Stephens was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 8:45, but was also 17% on 6 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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