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NHL Game Day: 3-8-20 Lightning at Red Wings

Flat Lightning see streak of supremacy over Detroit come to a close.

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Curtis McElhinney allowed 4 goals on 28 shots before allowing 2 of 3 to convert in the PS session for the loss. His positioning was pretty terrible all game long and after being pretty solid most of the year he's hit a cold streak that's pretty concerning of late.

First Period
10:11 DET Fabbri (15), (Bertuzzi, Mantha)

Second Period
11:11 TB Point (24), (Johnson, Kucherov)(PP)
14:57 TB Verhaeghe (9), (unassisted)
19:45 DET Larkin (19), (Mantha, Bertuzzi)

Third Period
1:41 DET Mantha (16), (Larkin, Bertuzzi)(PP)
4:24 DET Bertuzzi (20), (Mantha, Larkin)
5:55 TB Point (25), (Gourde)
11:19 TB Maroon (9), (Schenn, Gourde)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
TB- Sergchev
DET- Larkin, Fabbri

Brayden Point was the game's third star.

The Lightning came out flat as a pancake after last night's emotional game against the Bruins even despite McDonagh's return to the lineup. They overcame that, though, and looked solidly in control in the Second Period until a puck luck bounce off McDonagh with 15 seconds to go in the period knotted things 2-2. Between the soft goals and puck luck bounces at both ends, it was a weird game, but the bottom line for me is that, with more competent goaltending, this is a game the Lightning should've won comfortably.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 3-7-20 Lightning at Bruins

Shorthanded Lightning beat up and beat down Bruins.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 38 shots for the victory.

First Period
5:08 TB Cirelli (16), (unassisted)(SH)
6:10 TB Sergachev (10), (Gourde)(SH)

Second Period
6:50 TB Paquette (7), (Bogosian, Coburn)
14:50 BOS McAvoy (5), (Coyle, Grzelcyk)
18:37 BOS Kuraly (6), (McAvoy, Kase)

Third Period
1:08 TB Killorn (26), (Sergachev, Point)(PP)
6:37 BOS Pastrnak (48), (Krug, Marchand)(PP)
18:58 TB Kucherov (33), (unassisted)(EN)

Mikhail Sergachev and Vasilevskiy were the game's first and third stars.

The Lightning won despite losing Victor Hedman to injury and being outshot 38-25 in the contest. How? Grit. Two fights. Lots of rough stuff. This is starting to look more like Phil Esposito's black and blue lunchpail Lightning than the finesse offensive juggernaut of the past stretch. Heartening to see as the Lightning motor through their march schedule toward playoff time.

Mitchell Stephens had 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 3 hits in 10:21. He was also 40% on 5 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 3-5-20 Canadiens at Lightning

Lightning get right against depleted, sinking Habs.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 32 shots he faced for the shutout victory. He made a couple of key situational saves early in the game and didn't face many quality chances thereafter. This was a good performance though, and one that hopefully gets him back onto a hot streak after a few cold performances in the past few weeks.

First Period
0:49 TB Hedman (10), (Kucherov, Cernak)
12:40 TB Killorn (25), (Cirelli)

Second Period
18:55 TB Kucherov (32), (Maroon, Point)

Third Period
18:56 TB Hedman (11), (Shattenkirk, Gourde)(PP)

You could see the Lightning starting to turn the corner late in the Boston game. Mind you, the number of shots and chances were too low in this one, but you're playing a Claude Julien team parking the bus. So, I'm not reading too much into that. Besides that, the Lightning played a pretty tight defensive game and very physical, too. Stylistically and results-wise, this is where they need to be.

Mitchell Stephens blocked 1 shot in 14:19. He was also 54% on 13 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 3-3-20 Bruins at Lightning

Late surge by Lightning falls short against Bruins.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 35 shots for the loss. He gave his team a chance. They needed to give him more goal support.

First Period
19:05 BOS Marchand (28), (Krug, Pastrnak)(PP)

Second Period
10:05 BOS Debrusk (19), (Coyle)(PP)
17:28 TB Stephens (3), (Johnson, Goodrow)(SH)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Vasilevskiy was the game's second star.

There was a silver lining in this game, I think. The team muddled along for 40 minutes as they're still struggling to find their footing with Stamkos out and the new guys meshing with the team. But, in the third period, I think you started to see what Julien BriseBois had in mind with his deadline deals, because that forecheck was a notch above anything we've seen this season. They just couldn't find the one more finish.

Mitchell Stephens had a goal and was +1 with 1 shot and 5 hits. He was also 80% on 5 draws. He's five games shy of graduation from prospect status on the site.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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