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NHL Game Night: 12-21-19 Lightning at Capitals

Lightning fall victim to the Espo Rule.

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Curtis McElhinney allowed 2 goals on 34 shots for the loss. I'd say he deserved better.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
4:40 WSH Gudas (1), (Eller, Siegenthaler)

Third Period
10:00 TB Kucherov (12), (Point, Palat)
13:57 WSH Orlov (3), (Vrana, Kuznetsov)
17:37 WSH Dowd (3), (Wilson, Orlov)(SH)(EN)

That's a hugely frustrating game where, despite being grossly outpossesed through 40 minutes, McElhinney allowed the Lightning to retain contact. Then, in the Third Period, score effects kicked in and the Lightning tied the game and started getting power play opportunities, including a 5-on-3 after Kucherov tied the game. But Espo's Rule states when a team fails to convert a 5-on-3, they often lose, and that's what happened to Tampa Bay tonight.

The opportunities squandered are just slowly putting Tampa Bay further and further behind the eight ball. With points that were clearly dropped late in the last two games, the team's now in a situation where they'll have to get 10 of the next 12 available points to be on minimum playoff pace again at the 40 game mark of the year. That seems horribly improbably right now considering the team is anti-clutch at the moment.

Mitchell Stephens had 2 penalty minutes and 2 hits in 7:33.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 12-19-19 Stars at Lightning

Lightning choke away a point somehow.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 20 shots for the loss. The numbers are just inexcusable. The inconsistency this season is just maddening.

First Period
4:09 DAL Radulov (10), (Seguin, Klingberg)(PP)
12:58 TB Sergachev (5), (Johnson, Palat)(PP)
15:24 TB Killorn (10), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)

Second Period
3:22 TB Palat (10), (Sergachev, Shattenkirk)
17:57 DAL Faksa (8), (Klingberg, Gurianov)

Third Period
15:42 DAL Dickinson (5), (Cogliano, Polak)

Overtime
3:00 DAL Seguin (8), (Radulov)

Mikhail Sergachev and Ondrej Palat were the game's first and second stars.

If that wasn't a microcosm of the 2019-2020 season thus far, I don't know what is. The Lightning dominated that game, outshooting Dallas 47-17 in regulation and at one point hunting the put away goal to go up three late in the Second Period. That's against, statistically, the best defensive team in the league right now. But, instead, they give up the goal late in the Second Period and invited Dallas to stick around, and ultimately paid the price in Overtime. I'd sure hate to be in a position where this team is chasing points in March just to make the postseason and they're having to reflect back on a game like this where they, frankly, pee'ed it down the leg.

Carter Verhaeghe had 2 penalty minutes and 3 shots and 1 hit in 8:38.

Mitchell Stephens had 1 shot in 8:33.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 12-17-19 Senators at Lightning

Lightning flirt with disaster before OT winner.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 28 shots for the OT win including a critical breakaway stop in the OT session.

First Period
7:27 TB Kucherov (11), (unassisted)
11:05 OTT Borowiecki (3), (Tierney, Namestnikov)
17:22 TB Paquette (4), (Gourde, Maroon)

Second Period
3:32 TB Point (12), (Stamkos)
4:01 OTT Brown (6), (Brannstrom, Tierney)
15:46 OTT Duclair (19), (unassisted)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
4:41 TB Cirelli (7), (Point)

Anthony Cirelli and Cedric Paquette were the game's first and second stars. Cirelli supplying the great individual effort to seal the win.

That was a game the Lightning seemingly dominated (40-28 shot advantage), and yet you had that creeping feeling they were somehow going to choke it away at the end. That would've been disastrous in the standings, so thank goodness for Vasilevskiy stopping that breakaway and thank goodness for Cirelli knifing through Ottawa's defense to pot his own.

Carter Verhaeghe was -1 with 1 shot in 8:34.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 12-14-19 Capitals at Lightning

Disappointing Third Period collapse dooms segment opener.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 33 shots for the loss.

First Period
6:42 WSH Backtrom (6), (unassisted)

Second Period
5:45 TB Point (12), (Killorn, Kucherov)(PP)

Third Period
1:58 WSH Eller (7), (Panik, Orlov)
2:43 WSH Hathaway (5), (Leipsic, Gudas)
11:16 TB Rutta (1), (Killorn, Gourde)
12:19 WSH Oshie (14), (Vrana, Kuznetsov)
19:21 WSH Wilson (12), (Oshie, Backstrom)(EN)

Alex Killorn was the game's third star.

This was not a game where Washington really dominated the Lightning. This was a game of self-inflicted wounds that took their cumulative toll in the final score. Jan Rutta booting a puck into his own slot for the opening goal. Kevin Shattenkirk making a worthless turnover on a breakout pass that led to a semi-soft goal on a counter. Very basic puck management issues that ultimately wiped out at least 40 minutes of quality effort.

And now we all hope Kucherov just has a bruised foot from a blocked shot.

Carter Verhaeghe was -1 in 11:27. Had a goal disallowed for goaltender interference.

Mitchell Stephens was -2 in 9:19 and 50% on 10 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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