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Bolts Sign F Ryan Lohin to Entry-Level Contract

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Ryan Lohin to a two-year, entry-level contract, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Lohin, 22, skated in 33 regular season games during the 2018-19 season with the University of Massachusetts-Lowell River Hawks, posting 12 goals and 27 points to go along with a plus-7 rating. The Chester, Pennsylvania native led his team for points and was third for goals and assists. He also ranked tied for second with three power-play goals. Lohin served as captain of the River Hawks during the 2018-19 season.

The 6-foot, 192-pound forward played in 110 career games for UMass-Lowell, collecting 33 goals and 81 points to go along with 56 penalty minutes. Lohin posted career highs for games played (44), assists (17) and points (29) during his freshman season with the River Hawks.

Lohin was originally drafted by the Bolts in the seventh round, 208th overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft.

NHL Game Night: 3-21-19 Lightning at Hurricanes

In spite of the scheduling, Lightning keep winning.

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Louis Domingue allowed 3 goals on 28 shots for the victory.

First Period
3:20 TB Stamkos (38), (Hedman, Point)(PP)
9:51 CAR Neiderreiter (21), (Aho)
11:32 CAR Hamilton (14), (Svechnikov, Staal)
19:34 TB Johnson (27), (McDonagh, Kucherov)

Second Period
6:34 CAR Staal (8), (Teravainen, Pesce)

Third Period
3:35 TB Cirelli (17), (Stamkos, Hedman)
10:09 TB Callahan (7), (Hedman, Miller)
16:36 TB Point (39), (Stamkos, Miller)(PP)
18:55 TB McDonagh (9), (unassisted)

Victor Hedman and Steven Stamkos were the game's first and third stars. The OG Lightning leaders keep showing up large as we head toward the playoffs.

After a somewhat physical game where the Lightning had to do a ton of defending less than 24 hours prior in Washington, I confess, this game screamed "schedule loss" to me. It would've been very easy for the Lightning to mail this one in with the President's Trophy wrapped up and Carolina fighting for their wild card lives, but the Lightning again found a way to scratch out another victory. It wasn't a Picasso, and halfway through the Third Period Carolina was outchancing Tampa Bay by about a 3:2 clip, but the Lightning power play again came through and doomed Carolina to the season sweep.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 3-20-19 Lightning at Capitals

Despite lackluster effort, Lightning take another one from the Caps.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 58 shots for the victory. He'd have gotten it in regulation if he hadn't allowed the short side goal late in the Third Period, but it's hard to be too tough on Vasilevskiy when he's turning aside that much rubber and that many quality chances.

First Period
7:32 WSH Eller (12), (Hagelin)

Second Period
1:19 TB Kucherov (36), (Stamkos, Hedman)(PP)
2:12 TB Stamkos (37), (Miller)(PP)
6:45 TB Cirelli (16), (Joseph)
10:30 WSH Hagelin (5), (Eller)
13:40 WSH Oshie (22), (Ovechkin, Carlson)(PP)
15:01 TB Kucherov (37), (Stamkos, Palat)(PP)

Third Period
19:07 WSH Kuznetsov (20), (Backstrom, Oshie)

Overtime
3:01 TB Hedman (11), (Gourde)

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

That was a somewhat ugly win that showed no continuity with the last win with Washington other than the fact that the Lightning ultimately got the W yet again. Despite Washington losing a defenseman to what appeared to be an ugly injury in an altercation with Cedric Paquette and despite Washington shortening their bench to the extent you had players like Kuznetsov and Ovechkin playing over 25 minutes in the game, Washington looked the more determined and more energetic team for the bulk of the run of play. A lot of that was the Lightning's own doing, though, due to poor puck management. Two Washington goals could be directly traced to terrible turnovers by Alex Killorn in a role reversal from the heroics of his last outing against this team. So, I think the possession game snowballed out of control for Tampa Bay largely because they allowed it to by repeatedly shooting themselves in the foot with stupid plays in the neutral zone. The Lightning also, I thought, suffered from Washington having the matchup advantage on last change and the ability to get their big guns out against Jan Rutta's pairing.

If I'm Washington, I'm climbing up the walls because I did most everything right while trying to make a statement in a measuring stick game against a possible ECF opponent, and I still took the loss. If I'm Tampa Bay, I'm hanging my hat on the fact that I weathered arguably Washington's best punch and I still won and there's no way the ice time usage that the Caps had tonight would be sustainable in a 7-game series.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3-20-19 Crunch at Checkers

Crunch lose a heartbreaker and chance to claim AHL supremacy.

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Martin Ouellette stopped both shots he faced before giving way to Eddie Pasquale who allowed 3 goals on 28 shots the rest of the way for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
7:29 CHA McKeown (3), (Roy, Lorentz)
17:11 SYR Dumont (11), (Barre-Boulet, Foote)
18:51 CHA Necas (12), (Bean, Geekie)(PP)

Third Period
4:31 CHA Necas (13), (Bean, Geekie)(PP)
4:47 SYR Verhaeghe (29), (unassisted)
18:54 CHA Roy (16), (Robertson)(EN)

Charlotte moves to 4 points ahead of Syracuse in the race for the AHL's top spot with 11 games left on both teams' schedules. Syracuse maintains a 5 point edge on Rochester for the top spot in the North Division, but the Americans now hold a game in hand.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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