Lightning do it again on the road.
Tampa Bay Leads the Series 2-0
Andrei Vasilevskiy was again very solid, allowing one goal on 32 shots for the victory. He didn’t have to stand on his head as often as in Game One, but you can see the goaltending edge has been tremendous in this series so far.
7:09 TB Killorn (5), (Stamkos)
8:06 TB Cirelli (3), (Hedman, Cernak)
18:30 CAR Svechnikov (2), (Staal, Teravainen)
Vasilevskiy and Anthony Cirelli were the game’s first and second stars.
At this point, I’m fairly certain the Lightning are on a mission to single-handedly undermine the advanced stats industry in these playoffs. This team, having started both series on the road and having gone 4-0 in the opening couple of contests of each series, has been thoroughly disinterested in hunting style points. They’ve done what was necessary to get the goals they needed to win and they’ve then protected those leads pretty solidly. It’s just been patient and professional, and the Lightning have been ruthlessly efficient when the other team makes their mistakes. Nedeljkovic allowed a bit of a howler on the Killorn goal and then Brady Skej took out his bullfighting cape on a ridiculously misplayed 1-on-1 with Anthony Cirelli. And that’s all it took. Don’t get me wrong, there’s items for concern from this game. Only getting 15 SOG isn’t great. The PP has looked terrible in these first two games. And the team just keeps winning and now has an opportunity to step on Carolina’s neck in Game Three.
Ross Colton had 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 8:22.