Sloppy Lightning still manage to advance to 2-0-0.
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 36 shots for the victory. He provided a margin of comfort in this game that the team in front of him didn’t always necessarily deserve.
2:25 TB Palat (2), (Stamkos)
4:43 TB Killorn (1), (Johnson, Cirelli)
8:11 TB Coleman (1), (Goodrow, Gourde)
14:20 CHI Debrincat (1), (Strome, Boqvist)(PP)
16:11 CHI Kane (1), (Debrincat, Murphy)
13:32 TB Gourde (1), (Coleman, Goodrow)
17:38 TB Stamkos (2), (Palat, Point)
Vasilveskiy, Blake Coleman, and Victor Hedman were the game’s three stars.
That was not a Picasso. The Lightning came out a little flat and their passing and puck management were simply not what you’d like it to be. It’s easy to fool yourself into thinking the team is playing better than it is against an opponent like Chicago that has some puck management and defensive zone coverage issues that are pretty staggering in their own right, but I didn’t think it was good enough for wide swaths of this game. Chicago’s goaltender gifted the Lightning their opening goal and the Lightning quickly capitalized on a young team sagging to build a 3-0 lead, but they took the foot off the gas and then you have a penalty that lets that good first unit PP for Chicago strike and before you know it you have a game on your hands. Glad the team pulled away at the end, but there’s going to be some things to go over in film session from this one that need cleaning up.
Mitchell Stephens was -1 with 2 hits in 7:42. He was also 75% on 4 draws.