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NHL Game Night: 3-11-19 Lightning at Maple Leafs

In which the Lightning teach Mitch Marner to shut his dirty trap...

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TOR-2

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the victory.

First Period
10:07 TB Johnson (23), (McDonagh, Kucherov)
18:38 TB Cirelli (14), (Sergachev, Killorn)

Second Period
4:20 TB Johnson (24), (Point, McDonagh)
4:50 TB Palat (8), (Coburn, Rutta)
11:49 TOR Matthews (31), (Johnsson, Zaitsev)
18:16 TB Paquette (11), (Hedman, Gourde)(SH)

Third Period
5:59 TB Paquette (12), (Gourde, Rutta)
19:55 TOR Brown (6), (Marleau, Kadri)

Tyler Johnson, Cedric Paquette, and Ryan McDonagh were the game's three stars.

Mitch Marner decided to run his mouth before this game proclaiming to the Toronto media that the gap between the Lightning and the Maple Leafs wasn't that large. He supplied the bulletin board material. The Lightning supplied the ass-whoopin'. Any questions?

It's not that the Lightning won a game 6-2. It's that every other shift seemed to spend 45 seconds in Toronto's zone and that they outpossessed Toronto to the tune of a 42-28 SOG disparity. Toronto was non-threatening offensively because they never got a sniff of the puck, let alone zone time. They and their media enablers can make excuses about puck luck or it being their first game back off a road trip all they want. If they believe any of it, just know it's indicative of what a bunch of soft-as-Charmin pretenders they are. If you're gonna be disrespectful enough to tug on Superman's cape, don't make excuses when it ends badly for you.

And, if any other potential Lightning playoff matchups want to contract a case of diarrhea of the mouth like Marner did, I encourage it. This Lightning team is downright evil when it's salty and feels like it has a point to make.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 3-9-19 Red Wings at Lightning

Salty Lightning dispense with Detroit for the 14th straight time.

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Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 24 shots for the victory.

First Period
3:08 TB McDonagh (8), (Cernak, Cirelli)
11:56 TB Kucherov (32), (Point, Hedman)(PP)

Second Period
19:56 DET Vanek (13), (Kronwall, Zadina)(PP)

Third Period
13:53 TB Kucherov (33), (Sergachev, Johnson)
19:04 DET Mantha (17), (Kronwall, Hronek)

Nikita Kucherov, Victor Hedman, and Ryan McDonagh were the game's three stars. Kucherov eclipsed Vincent Lecavalier's Lightning single-season points mark with his pair of goals in the contest.

Credit to the Wings and Bernier for keeping this thing closer than I thought, but coming off a frustrating loss into a game against a struggling opponent this felt like another game where the Lightning's opponent had zero chance. The Lightning outshot the Wings by about a 3:2 margin and, but for a couple of late period goals at the end of the Second and Third Periods, seemed to have the whole game on lockdown.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 3-7-19 Wild at Lightning

Wild park the bus to stymie the Lightning.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 29 shots for a rare loss. Can't win without goal support.

First Period
10:50 MIN Zucker (18), (Donato, Suter)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
6:04 MIN Zucker (19), (Donato)
18:14 MIN Zucker (20), (Staal, Fehr)(EN)

It was a very frustrating night for the Lightning, who had the uncomfortable task of trying to deal with a team that has good team speed and chose to use that team speed to completely gum up the neutral zone and sell out completely on the backcheck. They really limited the Lightning's possession and scoring chances that way and, having gotten a couple of greasy goals of their own along the way, ultimately were able to completely sell out for that strategy. Expect to see versions of that deployed against the Lightning in the postseason. Can that work to defeat the Lightning in a seven game series? I don't know. But it's a strategy that less explosive teams can use to at least give themselves a puncher's chance on any given night against Tampa Bay if the bounces go their way.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 3-5-19 Jets at Lightning

Lightning make Jets look like Thrashers.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the victory. One of those goals was a fluke that went off a stantion on a shoot into the zone.

First Period
1:34 TB Gourde (18), (Palat, Girardi)
6:31 WPG Wheeler (18), (Laine, Trouba)(PP)

Second Period
8:58 TB Erne (7), (Joseph, Cirelli)
14:26 TB Stamkos (34), (Hedman, Kucherov)(PP)

Third Period
4:20 TB Paquette (10), (Joseph, Erne)
9:50 TB Point (37), (Kucherov, Stamkos)(PP)
15:03 WPG Trouba (5), (Hellebuyck)(PP)

Adam Erne, Nikita Kucherov, and Mathieu Joseph were the game's three stars.

I think a lot of casual fans and pundits saw the schedule loss the Lightning took against Boston on national TV and their lack of movement and the deadline and decided to render summary judgement that the Lightning were vulnerable. Tonight the Lightning just issued a pretty definitive statement about those presumptions. Winnipeg's a legit contender to come out of the West and granted they were missing Byfuglien tonight, but the Lightning absolutely killed them. Heck, I though Hellebuyck actually played a really strong game and kept them in this one through much of the first two frames, and he still gave up 4 of the 5 Jets goals. Halfway through the game the Lightning had held the Jets to just 9 shots on goal and they were forcing the Jets to surrender odd man rushes like they were candy. It was pretty eye-opening and another example of the extra gear the Lightning can find when they decide they're playing a measuring stick game.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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