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NHL Game Night: 1-10-19 Hurricanes at Lightning

Tampa Bay breaks through stout Carolina D for comeback win.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 27 shots for the win. Made a handful of big stops to keep the Lightning within shooting distance before the team eventually broke through in the Third Period.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
4:34 CAR Williams (11), (Hamilton, VanReimsdyk)

Third Period
11:56 TB Palat (5), (Stamkos, Point)(PP)
16:45 TB Point (27), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)
19:34 TB Point (28), (Stamkos, Killorn)(EN)

Brayden Point and Vasilevskiy were the game's first and second stars.

Tampa Bay took about half the game to fully adjust to Carolina's speed and structure, including a pancake flat First Period, and looked in real danger of being shutout in this contest. But, what makes this year's Lightning different is most teams can't go 60 minutes with them before the Lightning's depth eventually cracks them. Carolina took some penalties in the Third Period as the Lightning ratcheted up the pressure and they ultimately paid the price.

Mathieu Joseph had 1 shot in 9:24. Made a gorgeous pass to Brayden Point to spring him for an apparent breakaway goal that was disallowed for an offside with Tyler Johnson jumping off the ice. It's a shame, because Joseph had a really strong shift and looked like he'd gotten the payoff.

Adam Erne had 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and 2 hits in 9:06.

Erik Cernak was +1 with 2 shots, 5 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 19:14. Drew one of the key penalties in the Third Period keeping a puck at the blueline and slashing toward the slot.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-9-19 Crunch at Devils

Crunch incredibly drop a game where they only allowed 10 SOG.

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Eddie Pasquale allowed 3 goals on 9 shots for the loss. In the whole game. That's a stat line I'm certain I'll never see again the rest of my life.

First Period
15:29 BNG Gignac (7), (Speers)

Second Period
10:10 BNG Baddock (2), (Bastian, Sissons)

Third Period
10:41 BNG Sharangovich (7), (Kapla, Ramage)
18:00 BNG Lappin (11), (Gignac)(EN)

There are no words. Syracuse outshot a team 35-10 and somehow got blown out 4-0.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 1-9-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Drummondville Voltigeurs 2 @ Rimouski Oceanic 4

D Radim Salda, RIM: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 20 GP, 4-12-16, +4, 22 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ): 62 GP, 10-31-41, -37, 78 PIM

Salda returned to the Oceanic lineup after appearing for the Czech Republic at the World Junior Championships. The Lightning’s 2018 seventh round pick had an assist in Rimouski’s 4-2 win over the Volts Wednesday.

Ontario Hockey League

Kitchener Rangers 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 4

C/W Alexey Lipanov, KIT: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 3/8 FO
Season Totals: 34 GP, 7-10-17, -24, 10 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

Owen Sound won its first game since trading star player Nick Suzuki to Guelph earlier this week. On the Kitchener side, Alexey Lipanov’s minus-3 rating was the worst on the team Wednesday. He fell to minus-24 on the season, which is minus-3 more than anyone else on the team and eighth-worst in the league.

NHL Game Night: 1-8-19 Blue Jackets at Lightning

Vasilevskiy unleashes the kittens in bounce back performance.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 31 shots he faced for the shutout victory. He had a small handful of really great chances, particularly a couple of Grade A ones by Panarin in the Second Period, and he was equal to the task each time.

First Period
15:55 TB Joseph (11), (Sergachev)
16:39 TB Point (25), (Kucherov, Johnson)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
6:05 TB Kucherov (21), (Johnson, Point)
8:53 TB Point (26), (Sergachev)

Brayden Point, Vasilevskiy, and Mikhail Sergachev were the game's three stars.

It wasn't a perfect game, but under the circumstances on the first game back from a road trip that ended poorly in San Jose, the Lightning can be ecstatic about the outcome. I thought they had a very strong First Period, built the 2-0 lead, booted a chance to put the game away in a poor Second Period, but then finally had a workmanlike Third Period to seal the deal.

The really good news: Sergachev is finally starting to round into form after looking a little off the first few months of the campaign.

Mathieu Joseph had a goal and was +1 with 1 shot in 12:27. I'll say it again: This guy is going to mess around and score 20 goals on just 11-12 minutes of ice time a night. He's actually tied for second in rookie goal scoring at the moment.

Danick Martel was +1 with 3 shots and 1 hit in 12:35.

Adam Erne had 1 shot and 4 hits in 10:17.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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