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NHL Game Night: 4-4-19 Lightning at Maple Leafs

Lightning get back on track on multiple fronts.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 30 shots for the victory. After a string of less convincing nights, Andrei started to get his game healthy against the Leafs.

First Period
4:41 TOR Marner (26), (Hyman)

Second Period
5:37 TB Stamkos (44), (McDonagh)(SH)

Third Period
14:12 TB Killorn (18), (Stamkos, Sergachev)
19:05 TB Kucherov (40), (McDonagh)(EN)

Steven Stamkos and Vasilevskiy were the game’s first and second stars.

After a spate of unacceptable defensive efforts the Lightning clamped down against a divisional rival under the hot lights of the Toronto media. Even without Victor Hedman in the lineup the Lightning held the Leafs to just 1 goal and a manageable 30 SOG.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 4-2-19 Lightning at Canadiens

Indifferent Lightning lose to hungry Habs.


Eddie Pasquale allowed 4 goals on 45 shots for the loss. Gave the team in front of him more of a chance to win than they deserved.

First Period
2:28 TB Stamkos (43), (unassisted)
12:23 MTL Thompson (5), (Byron, Benn)

Second Period
4:18 TB Paquette (13), (Erne, Cernak)
7:32 MTL Armia (13), (Tatar, Danault)

Third Period
7:47 MTL Lehkonen (11), (Mete, Shaw)
10:08 MTL Domi (28), (Lehkonen, Benn)

Just a flat out unfocused effort from the Lightning. Attention to detail and, at times, even attention to basics wasn't there all game long. I would hope that some new corn shoots get ripped by Jon Cooper in practice, because minds were not on the task at hand tonight.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 4-1-19 Lightning at Senators

Productive business trip to Ottawa ends as it needs to.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 24 shots for the win. He'll want that first 5-hole softie back, but otherwise it was pretty light work tonight for Vasiy.

First Period
12:04 TB Gourde (21), (Kucherov, Point)
18:48 OTT Tkachuk (21), (DeMelo, Pageau)

Second Period
7:48 TB Sergachev (6), (Kucherov, Coburn)
13:43 TB Point (41), (Gourde, Kucherov)

Third Period
4:34 OTT Veronneau (2), (Balcers, Wolanin)(PP)
5:22 TB Gourde (22), (Coburn, Sergachev)
16:55 TB Stamkos (42), (Joseph, Palat)

Yanni Gourde, Nikita Kucherov, and Mikhail Sergachev were the game's three stars.

Ultimately, that's the response you'd expect from the Lightning after dropping an embarrassing game against Washington last time out. It took them longer than you'd hope to put Ottawa away in this one, mostly due to some sloppy passing in the First Period, but ultimately the team took care of business. Just three more regular season tilts left to go.

Cameron Gaunce was +2 with 7 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 2 hits in 12:07. Meh.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 3-30-19 Capitals at Lightning

Flat Lightning give Capitals swagger heading into the playoffs.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 6 goals on 35 shots for the loss. He couldn't save the team in front of him the way he did the last time he faced this opposition.

First Period
7:24 WSH Backstrom (20), (Wilson, Djoos)
10:45 WSH Oshie (24), (Jensen, Hagelin)
16:00 WSH Oshie (25), (Carlson, Kuznetsov)(PP)

Second Period
7:53 WSH Backstrom (21), (Orlov, Stephenson)
17:25 TB Miller (13), (Sergachev, McDonagh)

Third Period
3:36 TB Johnson (28), (unassisted)
14:35 WSH Ovechkin (50), (Oshie, Backstrom)
16:15 WSH Ovechkin (51), (Carlson, Kuznetsov)(PP)
19:32 TB Kucherov (39), (Sergachev, Miller)(PP)

Tyler Johnson was the game's third star.

The Lightning had an opportunity coming into this game to complete a sweep of the regular season series with the Capitals and really plant a seed of doubt in their minds for the postseason. They won the first two meetings in a couple of very different ways, with the last game being a victory Vasilevskiy outright stole from underneath the Caps. Another Lightning win might've made the Capitals really wonder if Tampa Bay has their number this year, but with four days of rest the Lightning came out flat as a pancake and simply unprepared to compete. They got outmuscled and outhustled and now have to know the Caps will have a champion's swagger against them knowing that they could've easily taken 2 of 3 in the series without Vasilevskiy's exploits in DC. All Lightning fans can hope is that the embarrassment of that loss lights a fire under the team moving forward.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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