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NHL Game Night: 1-16-20 Lightning at Wild

Comeback push comes a little too late.

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Curtis McElhinney allowed 3 goals on 23 shots for the loss. Not his best game.

First Period
14:17 MIN Parise (17), (Staal, Spurgeon)(PP)

Second Period
7:42 TB Kucherov (19), (Sergachev, Palat)
12:32 MIN Eriksson-Ek (4), (Kunin)
14:43 MIN Suter (7), (Greenway)

Third Period
9:32 TB Kucherov (20), (Stamkos, Cirelli)(PP)

Nikita Kucherov was the game's third star.

Might be fair to posit that the team, contrary to some things Stamkos said before the Kings game, has mentally checked out a little looking forward to the All-Star Break. That certainly looked the case for 40 minutes tonight, at least. 20 SOG is a very un-Lightning performance recently, and shows that something was off with the team's approach tonight.

Carter Verhaeghe was -1 in 6:53.

Mitchell Stephens was -1 in 11:07. He was also 75% on 12 draws.

Alexander Volkov had 2 penalty minutes in 7:28.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 1-14-20 Kings at Lightning

Lightning finally crack Quick for a SO win.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 41 shots and stopped three of four in the PS session for the win.

First Period
4:18 LA Carter (13), (Clifford, Forbort)
6:52 LA Clifford (6), (Carter)
10:06 TB Killorn (19), (Volkov, Shattenkirk)
11:25 TB Stamkos (18), (Cirelli, Johnson)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
12:00 LA Brown (9), (Prokhorkin, Walker)(PP)
18:45 TB Kucherov (18), (Cirelli)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
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Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos, and Anthony Cirelli were the game's three stars.

This was a game where the Lightning were within an eyelash of seeing Jonathan Quick steal two points from them and thankfully they were able to manufacture a big goal. And, really, I can't tell you how much I love that after years of nothingness the Lightning are finally starting to generate goals regularly off of faceoffs again. The last few years Lecavalier was with the team it was a real staple but it hasn't been there for this generation, but it's a fantastically cheap way to get possession, goals, and scoring chances and can pay big dividends in the playoffs.

Carter Verhaeghe was -1 in 8:08.

Mitchell Stephens had 1 shot and 1 hit and was 60% on five draws in 8:54.

Alexander Volkov had a helper, his first NHL point, 4 penalty minutes and 1 shot in 8:57.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 1-12-20 Lightning at Devils

Lightning Dominguenated to end winning streak at ten.

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Curtis McElhinney allowed 2 goals on 19 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
0:37 TB Johnson (11), (Hedman)
3:10 NJ Greene (1), (Wood, Hughes)
9:54 NJ Zajac (6), (Gusev, Severson)

Third Period
19:59 NJ Wood (7), (Simmonds, Greene)(EN)

It might've been a bit due to fatigue, but I thought although the Lightning played reasonably well in this game they played New Jersey's game by keeping to the outside against a collapsing team structure. So, while they got shots, they weren't really getting enough quality scoring chances and they made the game easier for Louis Domingue than it would've been if the team had played more of a muscular, meat and potatoes style. Hopefully they learn from it in video session. Sometimes when you're playing a ton of games in a compressed schedule you take the path of least resistance rather than going to the dirty areas in search of some greasy goals, and tonight was a night the Lightning needed to manufacture a couple of greasy goals.

Carter Verhaeghe was -1 with 1 shot in 6:55.

Mitchell Stephens was -1 with 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 12:36. He was also 27% on 11 draws.

Alexander Volkov had 2 hits in 6:26.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 1-12-20 Crunch at Devils

Crunch choke away a two goal lead and a point as season of mediocre misery continues.

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Mike Condon allowed 5 goals on 37 shots and then allowed one of three to convert in the PS session for the SO loss. That's an .873 save percentage for Condon this season. Submitted without further comment.

First Period
1:41 SYR Barre-Boulet (15), (Gaunce, Katchouk)
5:39 SYR Katchouk (9), (Gaunce, Joseph)(PP)
7:03 SYR Smith (14), (D. Stephens, Conacher)
10:57 BNG Seney (13), (Merkley, Cumiskey)

Second Period
2:47 BNG Anderson (9), (Connor, Tennyson)
12:44 SYR Martel (12)), (D. Stephens, Barre-Boulet)

Third Period
3:14 BNG Maltsev (5), (Anderson, Seney)(PP)
12:14 SYR Joseph (3), (Raddysh, Colton)
13:32 BNG Merkley (5), (Anderson, Seney)(PP)
18:03 BNG Merkley (6), (Sharangovich, Seney)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
SYR- NONE
BNG- Gignac

Alex Barre-Boulet was the game's third star.

The Crunch really gave into score effects in this one, getting outshot 11-3 in the Third Period to allow Binghamton to execute the comeback. I'd be interested to tally up just how many time the Crunch have left points on the ice this season like this, because it feels like it's got to be pushing double digits at this point, and that's really the difference between challenging for the top of the North Division and underachieving in sixth place. How do you fix it? Well, we know there's one position where a single transaction can make a big difference now, don't we?

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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