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NHL Gme Night: 2-20-20 Lightning at Golden Knights

All good things...

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 5 goals on 33 shots for the loss. After having one of the all-time win streaks in NHL history he just had a mediocre performance tonight failing to make some situational saves to give his team a better chance.

First Period
7:02 TB Shattenkirk (8), (Killorn, Palat)
18:05 VGK Martinez (2), (Eakin, Roy)

Second Period
6:45 VGK Stastny (17), (Smith, Schmidt)
15:38 TB Stamkos (28), (Hedman, Cirelli)(PP)
16:39 VGK Stone (21), (Pacioretty, Martinez)

Third Period
0:10 VGK Reaves (7), (unassisted)
0:47 VGK Pacioretty (28), (Stone, Theodore)(PP)
18:00 TB Stamkos (29), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)

It was a lamentable final half of this game, quite frankly, where the Lightning shot themselves in the foot with turnovers and penalty trouble and lost control of a game they were playing well in. Credit to Fleury for holding Vegas into this one in the First Period, and then once they got the Martinez goal late in the First Period they started to grow into it and nullified the Lightning's even strength play. And then the penalty trouble comes in and a really bad shift by Braydon Coburn to start the Third Period and... woof. If there was a silver lining it's the Lightning power play getting of the schnide with a pair of Stamkos markers. It wasn't going to stay in the gutter forever, so hopefully the long term affect of this game is that it was a speed bump for the team's even strength play (especially sans Point), but a jump start for what was ailing the PP.

Mitchell Stephens was -1 in 13:38 and 31% on 16 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-17-20 Lightning at Avalanche

Lightning push win streak to 11 by silencing upstart Avs in OT.

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Curtis McElhinney allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the victory. Made a handful of key situational saves. Good start from your number two. He's been steady in the role all year.

First Period
4:49 COL Burakovsky (19), (Rantanen, MacKinnon)(PP)

Second Period
4:54 TB Killorn (23), (Palat, Cirelli)
5:10 TB Gaunce (1), (unassisted)
13:43 TB Stamkos (27), (Point, Shattenkirk)
18:26 COL MacKinnon (33), (Landeskog, Johnson)

Third Period
12:43 COL Nichushkin (12), (Makar, Landeskog)

Overtime
3:03 TB Kucherov (29), (unassisted)

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

Once every couple of years my Center Ice feed reminds me of how much I can't stand the Avs' TV announcers. Thank you, Nikita Kucherov, for silencing those clowns. 'Preciate it.

Yep, Steven Stamkos scored goal 420 of his career at a mile high. Can't make this stuff up.

Tampa Bay completes segment six of the campaign at 85 points, a full 13 points ahead of minimum playoff pace. There's a decent chance they'll have the playoffs pretty well in the bag by the end of this next segment. Fortunately, there's still a lot to play for as they remain hovering just one point back of Boston in the division. So, they're still in hunter mode.

Bring on the Blake Coleman era.

Mitchell Stephens was +1 with 1 shot in 8:07. He was also 40% on 10 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 2-17-20 Crunch at Senators

Crunch streak halted in matinee massacre.

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Scott Wedgewood allowed 5 goals on 26 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
0:33 SYR Colton (10), (Barre-Boulet, Foote)(PP)
7:48 BEL Norris (27), (Szwarz, Balcers)(PP)
15:10 BEL Balcers (14), (Brannstrom, Norris)
15:46 BEL LaBate (8), (Klimchuk, Murray)

Third Period
1:03 BEL Norris (28), (Formenton, Jaros)
3:21 SYR Barre-Boulet (20), (Colton, Joseph)
3:38 BEL Formenton (23), (Szwarz, Carcone)

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-15-20 Americans at Crunch

Crunch comeback falls short in shootout.

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Spencer Martin allowed 3 goals on 38 shots before allowing 2 of 3 shooters to convert in the PS session for the SO loss. Syracuse was outshot 38-18 in this contest, so it's clear that Martin's performance held his team in the game, which may be a sign this diminished workload is more in line with what he can handle at this point in his development.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
2:44 SYR Somppi (5), (Walcott)
4:42 RCH Murray (8), (Oglevie, Hickey)
12:52 RCH MacWilliam (2), (Mittlestadt)

Third Period
0:38 SYR Katchouk (11), (Martel, D. Stephens)
1:13 SYR Volkov (7), (Thomas, Colton)
5:28 RCH Smith(10), (Bryson, Asplund)(PP)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
RCH- Oglevie, Mittlestadt
SYR- NONE

Martin and Alexander Volkov were the game's first and second stars.

I'd love to see a stat of how many points the Crunch have lost from a leading position in the Third Period this season. It's got to be an astronomically large number, at this point, although in this case you can't gripe too much when they came into the final regulation fram trailing.

With a six game streak (4-0-0-2) Syracuse has moved into fifth position in the North Division 3 points clear of Laval and 1 point back of Toronto. However, the Marlies still hold three games in hand, so Syracuse HAS to keep streaking to give themselves a chance.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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