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NHL Game Night: 3-2-19 Senators at Lightning

Lightning cruise to 50th win against beleaguered Sens.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 37 shots for the victory. The Lightning weren't super-sharp in front of him defensively, but he simply never let Ottawa into this game. That included stopping a Second Period Bobby Ryan penalty shot that would've allowed the Senators to claw within 3-2 at the time.

First Period
7:17 TB Hedman (9), (Cirelli, Girardi)
8:51 TB McDonagh (7), (Cernak, Kucherov)
9:28 OTT Duclair (13), (Gibbons, Boedker)

Second Period
3:15 TB Cernak (3), (Killorn, Coburn)
15:27 TB Kucherov (31), (Hedman, Erne)

Third Period
1:59 TB Sergachev (5), (Coburn, Killorn)

Erik Cernak, Nikita Kucherov, and Alex Killorn were the game's three stars.

Ottawa came into this game having just fired their coach while sitting in the basement of the Atlantic Division, drawing a grumpy Lightning team that saw a 10-game winning streak snapped in ugly fashion in Boston. The night ultimately went like you'd expect. You always want to respect your opponent, but honestly Ottawa never had a prayer.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-28-19 Lightning at Bruins

Fatigued and stupid is no way to play a hockey game.

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Louis Domingue allowed 4 goals on 41 shots for the loss. He gave his team a chance to steal points in a bad spot. I've no real qualms with his game tonight. Ultimately they asked way too much of their backup.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
8:43 BOS Debrusk (21), (Krug, Rask)(PP)

Third Period
11:47 BOS Acciari (3), (Wagner)
12:32 BOS Bergeron (22), (Heinen, Acciari)
13:15 BOS Marchand (26), (Heinen, Krug)
13:52 TB Cirelli (13), (Palat)

Louis Domingue was the game's third star.

I'm sure the Massholes will declare themselves Stanley Cup champs for the outcome tonight, but the truth is this game screamed "schedule loss" if you look at all the hockey and travel that was crammed into the span of half a week. Fatigue leads to metal errors, and the Lightning were already not playing their sharpest hockey coming into this one to begin with. So, you hope the Lightning feel a little angry about the way this one went and they get refocused for the next one.

Erik Cernak had 2 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 18:56. After tonight's contest, he's considered graduated from prospect status on the website, joining a class of graduated prospects from this season that has included Anthony Cirelli, Mathieu Joseph, and Adam Erne. It's actually a surprisingly deep alumni class given the Lightning already had such an established veteran team and presumably few spots to give to rookies. That tells you about the quality of all four of these young players, because they've had to earn their spots and minutes on a very good team.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-27-19 Lightning at Rangers

Lightning win tenth straight the hard way.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 36 shots for the OT victory.

First Period
7:52 TB Johnson (22), (Kucherov, Stralman)
14:57 TB Miller (12), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)

Second Period
0:56 NYR Zibanejad (27), (Vesey, DeAngelo)
2:53 TB Girardi (4), (Stamkos, Point)
3:23 NYR Vesey (16), (Claesson, Shattenkirk)
14:14 NYR Nieves (4), (Strome, Namestnikov)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
3:25 TB Hedman (8), (Kucherov, Stamkos)

Victor Hedman and Nikita Kucherov were the game's first and second stars.

Seems like the Lightning may have some complacency starting to creep into their mindset, especially in a game like this where they staked themselves to a 2-0 lead after the First Period. It's a challenge for Tampa Bay down the stretch, now sitting on 102 points and having no new players to integrate into the lineup following the trade deadline. With a 13 point lead on the field league-wide, a President's Trophy seems like an inevitability and the Lightning are in the enviable position of having 18 games with very little on the line. The danger of that is, of course, sloppiness creeping into their game and finding themselves ambushed in the first round of the postseason. That's the current challenge for the coaching staff and the leadership of the team with the calendar about to flip over to March.

Erik Cernak was -1 with 1 shot, 5 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 21:45. Cernak will graduate from prospect status on the website with his next appearance this season, likely closing out the 2018-2019 BP Alumni class.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-25-19 Kings at Lightning

Despite Third Period stumble, Lightning get to 100.

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TB-4 (SO)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 33 shots before stopping two of four in the penalty shot session for the SO win.

First Period
1:05 TB Point (36), (Stamkos, Kucherov)(PP)
8:08 TB Cirelli (12), (Coburn, Girardi)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
5:20 LA Iafallo (14), (Wagner)
10:30 LA Brodzinski (1), (Liepsic)
11:06 LA Wagner (9), (Lewis, Walker)
12:04 TB Miller (11), (Stamkos)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shoototut
LA- Kovalchuk, Kopitar
TB- Stamkos, Kucherov, Hedman

Steven Stamkos and Anthony Cirelli were the game's first and second stars.

Erik Cernak had 4 penalty minutes, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 20:13.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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