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NHL Game Night: 10-5-19 Lightning at Panthers

Panthers declare themselves Stanley Cup champions on October 5th after posting their first win against Lightning in over a year.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 28 shots for the loss. He's got to stop that fourth goal early in the Third Period. I get that it's a tipped puck, but with Smith getting the goal to keep the team alive before the end of the Second Period, you need that situational stop early in the Third to give yourself a real shot at the comeback.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
9:39 FLA Hoffman (2), (Huberdeau, Yandle)(PP)
11:05 FLA Hoffman (3), (Huberdeau, Barkov)(PP)
12:32 FLA Aciari (1), (Sceviour, Hunt)
16:23 TB Smith (1), (Witkowski, Maroon)

Third Period
0:17 FLA Hoffman (4), (Ekblad, Connolly)
6:40 TB Stamkos (1), (Hedman, Shattenkirk)
15:41 TB Joseph (1), (Gourde, Verheaghe)

Bobrovsky stood on his head at times, which was probably the difference in the matchup. Fortunately, as the game was played at Sunrise, no one was there to see the Lightning's shame in dropping this one to the trash fire their neighbors to the southeast pretend is a hockey franchise.

Carter Verhaeghe had his first NHL point, a helper, and was +1 with 3 shots in 9:18.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 10-3-19 Panthers at Lightning

Not a Picasso, but Lightning comfortably take the season opener.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy was very well locked in allowing 2 goals on 37 shots for the victory. Arguably the difference maker tonight.

First Period
6:39 TB Kucherov (1), (Sergachev, Joseph)

Second Period
2:35 FLA Hoffman (1), (Trocheck, Connolly)
10:28 TB Shattenkirk (1), (Sergachev, Killorn)

Third Period
8:49 FLA Trocheck (1), (Ekblad)(SH)
9:34 TB Palat (1), (Killorn, Sergachev)(PP)
13:51 TB Maroon (1), (Hedman, Kucherov)
19:14 TB Cernak (1), (Cirelli)(EN)

Ondrej Palat, Vasilevskiy, and Mikhail Sergachev were the game's three stars.

Too many shots against, too many odd man rushes surrendered, and that neutral zone turnover on the shorthander allowed was awful, but in the end equation the Lightning seemed to have control of this opener. There's plenty of things to harp on if you're the coaching staff, but it's nice to know that even without Brayden Point the offense still looks like a juggernaut and that the new additions are already contributing. I really liked the veterans Julien BriseBois (AKA Young Breezy) brought in this year, because unlike the Girardi's and Kunitz's of the world, Shattenkirk and Maroon do have some tread left on the tires. That showed up nicely tonight.

After last year, I'm not putting too much stock in the regular season beyond simply making sure the team makes the postseason comfortably. Nine more games to get ten more points in this open segment of the season.

Carter Verhaeghe was +1 with 1 shot in 10:55 in his NHL debut.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-28-19 Panthers at Lightning

Preseason ends with an epic Russian goaltending duel.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 28 shots he faced in regulation and OT before allowed 1 of 2 to convert in the penalty shot session for the SO loss. Considering how bad he looked in his last preseason outing, hard not to be happy with Vasilevskiy's work tonight.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
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TB- NONE

Carter Verhaeghe was the game's third star.

Cedric Paquette got nicked up in this game, which may open up one more opening night spot for the likes of Verheaghe and/or Alexander Volkov.

Verhaeghe played 10:09 of ice time in the finale.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-26-19 Lightning at Panthers

New Lightning contribute to Tampa Bay's payback effort.

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Curtis McElhinney allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the win.

First Period
16:01 FLA Tippett (1), (Vatrano)

Second Period
14:13 TB Paquette (1), (unassisted)
19:23 TB Gourde (1), (Shattenkirk, Verhaeghe)

Third Period
13:16 TB Kucherov (1), (Maroon, Rutta)
13:26 TB Stamkos (1), (Hedman, Johnson)(PP)
18:20 FLA Dadonov (1), (Hoffman, Yandle)(PP)

Yanni Gourde and McElhinney were the game's first and second stars.

So nice to see Kevin Shattenkirk and Pat Maroon get on the board quickly with helpers for the Lightning.

Carter Verheaghe had a helper and was +1 in 10:15.

Alexander Volkov was +1 with 4 hits in 13:39.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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