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NHL Game Day: 2-29-20 Flames at Lightning

Lightning snap losing streak by the skin of their teeth.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 21 shots for the win. He was not convincing today and needs to be better moving forward. Hopefully getting a W is enough to get him out of this mini-rut.

First Period
13:52 TB Johnson (14), (Sergachev, Kucherov)(PP)

Second Period
7:05 TB Palat (16), (Kucherov, Sergachev)(PP)
11:50 TB Gourde (10), (Paquette, Bogosian)(SH)
13:12 CGY Magiapane (17), (Backlund)
14:04 CGY Lindholm (28), (Gustafsson, Gaudreau)
14:57 TB Killorn (24), (Coleman, Coburn)

Third Period
17:11 CGY Monahan (22), (Lindholm, Tkachuk)(PP)

Mikhail Sergachev, Yanni Gourde, and Alex Killorn were the game's three stars.

This was another weird game, but unlike the Blackhawks fiasco the Lightning managed to get out of the rink with the two points. Like against Chicago, they were utterly dominant at even strength. Like against Chicago, they decided to try to blow their foot off late in the contest and give a deserved win away. The team just looks too fragile now and there needs to be a circling of the wagons with Stamkos ruled out until midway through the first round of the playoffs at the earliest (by my count).

Mitchell Stephens was -1 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 9:34. He was also 29% on 7 draws. Stephens now six games shy of graduation from prospect status on the website.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-28-20 Penguins at Crunch

Hat trick for ABB.

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Spencer Martin allowed 3 goals on 19 shots for the win.

First Period
0:11 SYR Barre-Boulet (24), (Colton, Gaunce)
5:11 WBS Devane (4), (Nyberg, Scarfo)
10:29 WBS Barber (15), (Cassels, Varone)(PP)
13:03 SYR Barre-Boulet (25), (Gaunce, Conacher)(PP)

Second Period
9:46 SYR Barre-Boulet (26), (Colton, Joseph)

Third Period
12:31 WBS Cassels (9), (Barber, Varone)(PP)
16:31 SYR Volkov (8), (Smith)

Alex Barre-Boulet and Alexander Volkov were the game's first and second stars. Barre-Boulet sits in 5th in the AHL in scoring, eight points back of Utica's Reid Boucher. The hatty also moves him into a tie for 6th in the league in goals.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-27-20 Blackhawks at Lightning

Another late game collapse extends Lightning losing streak to four games.

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Curtis McElhinney allowed 4 goals on 26 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
15:31 TB Point (23), (Hedman, Kucherov)

Third Period
0:17 TB Kucherov (31), (Point, Palat)
4:36 CHI Saad (20), (unassisted)
5:02 CHI Kubalik (27), (unassisted)
9:56 CHI Koekkoek (1), (unassisted)
11:43 CHI Kubalik (28), (unassisted)(PP)
17:29 CHI Kubalik (29), (Saad)(EN)

There are no words. This was a weird one, because I don't think I've seen many games turn this ugly so fast completely against the run of play. If this weren't the cherry on top of a pre-existing three game losing streak I'd be calling what happened tonight a fluke combned with just having the take it in the shorts from a hot goalie, which happens periodically. Honestly, have you ever seen four unassisted goals against in the span of less than seven minutes? I can't recall it. But, there were some recurring themes underlying the problems tonight. Specifically, the Lightning again couldn't stay out of the box.

Mitchell Stephens was -2 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 13:28. He was also 20% on 10 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-25-20 Maple Leafs at Lightning

Lightning losing streak hits three as Bolts still figuring out life after deadline moves.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 23 shots for the loss.

First Period
9:46 TB Kucherov (30), (Stamkos, Hedman)
12:48 TOR Muzzin (6), (Spezza, Gauthier)
16:42 TOR Tavares (25), (Barrie, Matthews)(PP)

Second Period
11:54 TB Maroon (8), (Paquette, Shattenkirk)
12:25 TOR Tavares (26), (Nylander)
14:21 TOR Nylander (28), (Marner, Barrie)(PP)

Third Period
7:27 TB Gourde (9), (Shattenkirk, Goodrow)

Kevin Shattenkirk was the game's third star.

Three straight games now where the Lightning were on even terms midway through the contest and lost their bearings and ended up taking the L. And, not coincidentally, three games where the Lightning got burned by the opposition power play and by some bad puck management. There's no doubt in my mind the Lightning are a better team with Coleman and Goodrow added and with Bogosian as depth, but it's going to take time to get the right chemistry and to get settled back into the simple mindset the team rode to a couple of big winning streaks already this season.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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