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NHL Game Night: 11-10-18 Senators at Lightning

Lax habits finally catch up with the Lightning.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 6 goals on 34 shots for the loss.

First Period
4:58 OTT Duchene (6), (White)
7:21 OTT Ryan (5), (Ceci)
8:49 TB Joseph (3), (Sergachev, Coburn)

Second Period
0:39 TB Hedman (3), (Vasilevskiy)(PP)
9:15 TB Coburn (3), (Killorn, Joseph)
14:32 TB Joseph (4), (Killorn, Cirelli)

Third Period
0:50 OTT Tkachuk (4), (unassisted)
8:41 OTT White (6), (Tkachuk, Ryan)
10:30 OTT Dzingel (8), (Duchene)
19:48 OTT Stone (7), (Duchene, Ryan)(PP)

Mathieu Joseph was the game's second star.

I said it recently: while it's been fun to watch the Lightning win games recently by asserting themselves for portions of games, this isn't a sustainable recipe for long term success. Eventually the slow starts and only playing sharp hockey in spurts for portions of games isn't going to cut it. Eventually, hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard, and that's what happened against Ottawa. That's a young team that's gone through a lot of turmoil in the last year, including what happened recently, but you can't just expect them to dry up and blow away even when you get a 4-2 lead on them through 40 minutes. Those players are professionals and they have pride. The Lightning have got to match the intensity and commitment level of their opponents in those moments.

Joseph had 2 goals and 1 assist and was +2 with 2 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 1 hit in 10:29. Justifying my love for keeping Joseph on my fantasy team despite that slow statistical start.

Slater Koekkoek was -1 with 1 shot in 16:09. Koekkoek's received a reprieve with Anton Stralman getting nicked up keeping him in service, but with Hedman returning it begs the question what happens to Koekkoek once everyone's healthy. Does he go back to being a fairly regular scratch, or has he earned more appearances?

Danick Martel had 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and 3 hits in 12:06.

Anthony Cirelli had a helper and was +3 with 1 shot in 12:56.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-8-18 Islanders at Lightning

Played half a game. Doubled up a division leader.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 37 shots for the victory. Best player on the rink for either team, in my view.

First Period
3:40 NYI Bailey (4), (Nelson)

Second Period
5:58 TB Joseph (2), (Killorn, Stralman)
11:12 TB Miller (5), (Sergachev, Stamkos)

Third Period
8:43 NYI Bailey (5), (Pelech, Barzal)
18:34 TB Johnson (6), (Kucherov, Gourde)
19:50 TB Stamkos (6), (Miller, McDonagh)(EN)

Vasilevsky and Tyler Johnson were the game's first and second stars.

That wasn't a great effort overall. Like the games against Montreal and Ottawa, you had the Lightning coming out very flat and almost disinterested in the First Period. Turned on the jets in the Second Period to take the 2-1 lead before coasting a bit too much toward the intermission. Then, in the Third Period, they just had a quick, three-way play highlighted by a very skilled setup by Kucherov and they win. They're just toying with teams at this point. It's not sustainable over the long run, but there's something amusing watching it happen night in and night out right now... especially knowing Victor Hedman's return to the lineup is imminent.

Mathieu Joseph had a goal and was +1 with 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 11:38. Excellent placement on the shot off the rush and used the defender as a screen.

Slater Koekkoek had 2 penalty minutes and 1 shot in 13:54.

Anthony Cirelli was +1 with 1 shot and 1 hit and was 60% on 10 draws in 14:10. Worked himself into a breakaway opportunity that I wish he'd done more with to reward himself.

Adam Erne had 1 shot and 5 hits in 14:10. Played chippy tonight.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-6-18 Oilers at Lightning

Lightning crush upstart Oilers on national TV.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 35 shots for the victory. Strong game to help provide the backbone for a strong night by the team, overall.

First Period
4:40 TB Stamkos (5), (Kucherov)
19:34 TB Point (9), (Gourde, Johnson)

Second Period
12:32 EDM Strome (1), (Klefbom)
13:19 TB Gourde (7), (McDonagh, Point)
18:59 TB Kucherov (6), (Stamkos, Coburn)

Third Period
0:40 EDM Draisaitl (9), (Rattie, Nugent-Hopkins)(PP)
8:23 TB Kucherov (7), (Miller, Stamkos)(PP)

Nikita Kucherov, Vasilevskiy, and Steven Stamkos were the game's three stars.

Friendly reminder: the Lightning are doing all this without the services of the reigning Norris Trophy winner. There's another gear or two above this.

I doubt the NHL will do anything about it, but the cowardly attack by Milan Lucic on a rookie half his size has no place in the game. Pure scumbag sore loser garbage.

The Lightning sit at 23 points through 15 games. By my count they need just 1 point in the next 5 games to seal playoff pace through two 10-game segments of the season, and just 4 points in those 5 games to seal a successful segment #2 of the campaign (12 in 10). So, there's opportunity to run up some insurance points again, for sure.

Mathieu Joseph was -1 with 2 hits in 8:22. He was the recipient of the aforementioned Milan Lucic assault. Brave man to pick on a skinny rookie that's only 2/3 his size.

Slater Koekkoek was +1 with 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 12:53.

Anthony Cirelli had 1 shot and was 38% on 8 draws in 12:37.

Adam Erne had 2 shots and 3 hits in 14:38.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-4-18 Lightning at Senators

No one makes Brayden Point bleed his own blood.

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Louis Domingue allowed 3 goals on 25 shots for the win. After getting shelled in Arizona and then quickly falling behind a couple of goals in this one, Domingue had to show some mental toughness under adversity. He, for the most part, sucked it up and pulled through.

First Period
4:55 OTT Ryan (4), (Stone, Chabot)(PP)
14:49 OTT Lajoie (5), (Dzingel, Boedker)(PP)

Second Period
0:38 TB Paquette (2), (McDonagh, Erne)

Third Period
3:04 TB Joseph (1), (Cirelli, Stralman)
15:16 OTT Ceci (2), (Tierney, Stone)
19:33 TB Point (8), (Johnson, McDonagh)(PP)

Overtime
0:14 TB Gourde (6), (Point, McDonagh)

Brayden Point was the game's first star after being bloodied taking one to the face, scoring the tying goal, and then less than a minute of running time later setting up the OT winner with some bravery taking it to the net. He and McDonagh both played really good games, and McDonagh is pulling off the near impossible task of filling Victor Hedman's shoes and doing it in style while the big man is out.

This game, in some ways, a bit like the contest last night in Montreal. The team came out and didn't have their A game and fell behind the eight ball as the penalty kill has started to see a bit of a market correction in recent play. They then asserted their dominance and slowly set about the task of trying to get some goals past Craig Anderson. Unfortunately, after tying the game and as the game got chippy, a moment of indiscipline led to a quick Ottawa goal and it looked like the Lightning's comeback bid would fall short. That's where McDonagh and Point's heroics kicked in. All in all, the Lightning outshot Ottawa 45-25, and those possession numbers are the ones that really get me most excited about the way the team's been playing lately.

Mathieu Joseph had his first NHL goal and was +1 with 1 shot, 3 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 12:20. Now that he's got one, we'll see if it's floodgates for the young speedster.

Slater Koekkoek was -1 with 2 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 13:54.

Anthony Cirelli was +1 with a helper, 4 shots, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 13:23. He was also 73% on 11 draws.

Adam Erne had a helper and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 blocked shot in 13:16. In general, you saw young guys stepping up at the tail end of a road back-to-back and providing some spark and secondary scoring when the team really needed it.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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