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NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-24-19 Lightning at Panthers

Not a great outcome as Lightning preseason starts to wind down.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 6 goals on 24 shots for the loss. We'll view this in the most optimistic light possible: best to have the clunker and get the rust off now before the games actually matter.

First Period
15:53 TB Volkov (1), (Cirelli, Killorn)
19:04 FLA Vatrano (1), (Borgstrom, Ekblad)(SH)

Second Period
2:12 FLA Barkov (1), (Huberdeau, Dadonov)
3:54 TB Cirelli (1), (Shattenkirk, Volkov)
4:55 FLA Barkov (2), (unassisted)
5:14 FLA Huberdeau (1), (Barkov, Dadonov)
14:11 FLA Toninato (1), (Hunt, Ekblad)
16:35 TB Sergachev (1), (Verhaeghe, Palat)(PP)

Third Period
3:53 FLA Malgin (1), (Trocheck, Hoffman)

Carter Verhaeghe had a helper, but was -3 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 13:59.

Alexander Volkov had a goal and an assist and was +2 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 12:15. In his recent run of play, you've seen what Volkov brings to the table: a 200 foot game and a very formidable, NHL-caliber shot.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Lightning Re-Signs Brayden Point to 3-Year Bridge Deal

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Brayden Point to a three-year contract worth an AAV of $6.75-million, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Point, 23, skated in 79 games with the Lightning during the 2018-19 season, posting 41 goals and 92 points to go along with a plus-27 rating. He set career bests for goals, assists and points last season. The Calgary, Alberta native ranked second on the Lightning for goals and was third for both assists and points. Point also ranked tied for sixth in the NHL for goals and was 12th for points. He led the league for power-play goals with 20 and was tied for sixth for power-play points with 35. Point also appeared in four Stanley Cup Playoff games, posting one goal.

“We are very pleased to re-sign Brayden today,” BriseBois said. “He is the consummate professional with an unwavering commitment to team success, growing as a player and improving every day. It is that mindset that makes him an outstanding role model, teammate and person, on and off the ice. We look forward to getting Brayden back on the ice with his Lightning teammates as soon as possible.”

The 5-foot-10, 166-pound forward has skated in 229 career NHL games, all with the Bolts over the past three seasons, recording 91 goals and 198 points. Since joining Tampa Bay, Point’s 107 goals and 21 game-winning goals are the second-most among all skaters on the team. Point represented the Lightning at the 2018 NHL All-Star Game in Tampa, his first All-Star appearance. He’s skated in 21 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, posting seven goals and 17 points to go along with 15 penalty minutes. During the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs he ranked tied for first on the Lightning for goals with seven and tied for second for points with 16.

Point was originally drafted by the Lightning in the third round, 79th overall, at the 2014 NHL Draft.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-21-19 Lightning at Predators

Second choice Lightning lineup takes Predators to OT.

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Scott Wedgewood allowed 5 goals on 44 shots for the OT loss.

First Period
6:31 NSH Forsberg (1), (Josi, Johansen)(PP)
8:36 TB Gaunce (1), (Joseph)

Second Period
9:18 TB Verhaeghe (1), (Cirelli)
12:09 NSH Tolvanen (1), (Wilkens, Ekholm)

Third Period
4:32 TB Cernak (1), (Gaunce, Stephens)
13:32 NSH Arvidsson (1), (Duchene, Johansen)(PP)
14:18 TB Verhaeghe (2), (C. Foote)
19:56 NSH Duchene (1), (Arvidsson, Josi)

Overtime
1:39 NSH Pitlick (1), (unassisted)

This was a large contingent of the Lightning's Syracuse Crunch affiliate pitted against Nashville's NHL'ers, which resulted in a 44-21 shot disparity for the good guys. Still, they came within just 4 seconds of stealing the victory.

Once again, fairly obvious that Dominik Masin (23:02) and Alexander Volkov (21:14) are getting an extended look from the coaching staff. Expect Carter Verhaeghe to continue to work his way into the discussion, too, after having 2 goals and a team high 5 shots tonight.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-20-19 Predators at Lightning

Lightning offense breaks its slumber in Third Period comeback win.

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Curtis McElhinney allowed 1 goal on 32 shots for the win.

First Period
15:32 NSH Jarnkrok (1), (Bonino, Turris)(PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
9:30 TB Volkov (1), (Verhaeghe, Yan)(PP)
19:21 TB Kucherov (1), (Palat, Johnson)
19:44 TB Kucherov (2), (Palat)(EN)

Nikita Kucherov, Alexander Volkov and McElhinney were the game's three stars.

Shots were even at 32-32 for the game. Note the significant ice time for Volkov (again) and Carter Verhaeghe as well as a lot of ice time for righty defenseman prospect Ben Thomas (20:30). In all three cases, chronologically older prospects that should be among the next in line for spots in Tampa Bay, if in the cards.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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