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NHL Game Night: 10-30-19 Lightning at Devils

Well... I suppose it beats a stick in the eye.

NJ-6 (OT)

Curtis McElhinney allowed 6 goals on 42 shots for the OT win.

First Period
1:10 NJ Palmieri (4), (Simmonds, Hall)(PP)
9:28 TB Palat (4), (Shattenkirk, Point)
17:15 TB Killorn (2), (Shattenkirk, Johnson)(PP)

Second Period
6:05 NJ Bratt (2), (Zacha, Hischier)
11:48 TB Point (4), (Johnson, Sergachev)
12:17 NJ Palmieri (5), (Butcher, Hall)
13:16 NJ Bratt (3), (Greene, Hischier)

Third Period
1:13 NJ Vatanen (3), (Simmonds, Greene)
2:45 TB Cirelli (1), (Rutta, Joseph)
7:45 TB Joseph (3), (Cirelli)
16:03 TB Palat (5), (Point)
19:52 NJ Palmieri (6), (Simmonds, Butcher)

1:16 TB Johnson (4), (Palat, McDonagh)

Ondrej Palat was the game's third star. The early season resurrection he's experience along with the found money that has been Kevin Shattenkirk's play have been clear plusses in an other wise murky early campaign.

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say getting outshot 42-23 and needing seven goals to get across the finish line aren't a winning formula. That said, I recognize the team was down two of its top four defensemen and that the team really struggles to adjust whenever Hedman isn't out there. I also recognize that a loss tonight would've put the Lightning behind the eight ball for this ten game segment of the season, so they managed to do what needed to in order to at least keep their head above water through this patch of adversity. It's still a long way from what you want/need, though.

Carter Verhaeghe was -1 with 1 shot in 10:30.

Alexei Volkov was -2 with 1 hit in 12:49 in his NHL debut.

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NHL Game Night: 10-29-19 Lightning at Rangers

Lightning lapsing back into bad habits.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the loss.

First Period
15:44 TB Kucherov (4), (Point, Stamkos)

Second Period
9:37 NYR Kakko (2), (Strome, Panarin)

Third Period
12:46 NYR Chytil (1), (Buchenevich)
17:24 NYR Fox (1), (Kreider, Lindgren)
19:14 NYR Strome (3), (unassisted)(EN)

I get that the Lightning were dealing with some injury issues, but they just got outshot by the Rangers 42-30 in a 60 minute hockey game. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard, and there’s already been too many occasions in this young season where the Lightning have put a half effort in against lower tier competition and gotten burned. A rebuilding club shouldn’t be able to do what happened tonight against the Lightning if the team was really focused and bearing down. Period.

Carter Verheaghe had 1 shot in 7:45.

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AHL Game Night: 10-27-19 Marlies at Crunch

Crunch atone for another Third Period collapse.

SYR-4 (OT)

Louis Domingue allowed 3 goals on 18 shots for the OT win.

First Period
14:36 TOR Aberg (5), (Liljegren, MacMaster)

Second Period
7:47 SYR Foote (1), (Somppi)
16:28 SYR Colton (1), (Stephens, Katchouk)
18:38 SYR Raddysh (1), (Smith, Volkov)(PP)

Third Period
6:22 TOR Wilson (2), (Aberg)
12:51 TOR Gaudet (2), (Agostino, Schmaltz)

0:39 SYR Smith (3), (Schenn, Volkov)

Gemel Smith and Ross Colton were the game's first a second stars.

The to-do list for Ben Groulx this week will surely include drilling down on protecting Third Period leads, after coughing up a two goal Third Period advantage for the second straight night.

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NCAA Weekend Update: October 25-26, 2019

Weekend NCAA highlights shines the spotlight on a different Lighting goalie prospect as New Hampshire backstop gets is his first win in his first start Friday night. Also Sammy Walker with 1G 1A accounting for both Gopher goals Friday night in loss to defending national champs and rivals Minnesota-Duluth. Top-ranked Denver was idle, but Ivy League Cornell finally starts exhibition play. Weekend series splits abound from Providence, Clarkson, St. Cloud, and New Hampshire. UMD back on track with sweep of Minnesota.

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