Cernak, Erik

NHL Game Night: 2-12-19 Flames at Lightning

Lightning crush Flames in measuring stick contest.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 22 shots for the win. He only faced twelve scoring chances all night, so it was a light work night for Vasiy where he got plenty of goal support.

First Period
11:54 TB Point (33), (Miller, Kucherov)(PP)
16:06 TB Paquette (9), (Martel, Callahan)
17:19 TB Kucherov (25), (Stralman, Point)
18:06 CGY Giordano (12), (Lindholm, Gaudreau)(PP)

Second Period
9:13 CGY Monahan (28), (Lindholm)
10:10 TB Cirelli (11), (Kucherov, Gourde)
16:11 TB Gourde (15), (Coburn, Stamkos)

Third Period
5:01 TB Stamkos (30), (Kucherov, Point)(PP)
14:11 CGY Monahan (29), (Lindholm, Gaudreau)(PP)

Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point, and Steven Stamkos were the game's three stars.

Jon Cooper said going into tonight's game he was viewing this as a measuring stick game for his club's overall defensive game going against one of the Western Conference's top teams and one whose speed gave the Lightning some trouble the last time the two teams played. Verdict: Lightning. Even without Ondrej Palat or Erik Cernak in the lineup, the Lightning held the Flames to just twelve scoring chances in the game, eight shots on goal in the first thirty minutes of play, and twenty-two shots in total. It was a tour-de-force that allowed the Lightning to cruise to a solid and definitive victory.

Danick Martel had a helper and was +1 with 2 hits in 10:21. He stays ready. He doesn't play very much, but when his name is called he's impactful.

Adam Erne had 1 shot and 2 hits in 10:24. Had a handful of scoring chances in the Second Period that might've allowed the Lightning to nail the coffin shut on the Flames even earlier than they ultimately did. Tonight marks Erne's graduation from prospect status on the website. That likely just leaves Cernak to round out the 2018-2019 Bolt Prospects Alumni class.

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NHL Game Night: 2-10-19 Lightning at Panthers

Lightning pull away late in mostly empty building in Sunrise.


Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 27 shots to record his franchise record 10th straight victory. Louis. Domingue. Right place. Right time.

First Period
4:02 TB Kucherov (23), (Hedman, Stralman)

Second Period
12:08 TB Stamkos (29), (Stralman, Miller)
13:11 FLA Vatrano (19), (Huberdeau, Matheson)
17:51 TB Callahan (6), (Joseph)
18:50 FLA Malgin (6), (Brouwer, Sheahan)

Third Period
4:25 TB Point (32), (Miller, Kucherov)(PP)
19:12 TB Kucherov (24), (Stamkos, Point)(PP)

Nikita Kucherov and Ryan Callahan were the game's first and second stars.

Lightning had good push in the First Period, really was off in the Second Period, and then took the game by the throat in the Third Period, eventually breaking it all the way open on the power play. Sunrise claims 13,566 were in attendance to see it. Disguised as open red seats.

Erik Cernak was -1 with 2 shots, 4 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 21:32.

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NHL Game Night: 2-9-19 Penguins at Lightning

Despite some anxious moments, Lightning win measuring stick game.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 32 shots for the victory. The stat line isn't exemplary, but several of Andrei's saves tonight were.

First Period
13:36 PIT Wilson (1), (Blueger, Cullen)
15:02 TB Gourde (14), (Point, Hedman)
15:59 TB Cernak (2), (Paquette, Coburn)

Second Period
7:42 TB Cirelli (10), (Killorn, McDonagh)(SH)
8:31 PIT McCann (10), (Rust)
15:04 PIT Rust (15), (Guentzel)

Third Period
4:54 TB Johnson (19), (Palat, Stamkos)
14:03 TB Miller (9), (Killorn, Cirelli)
15:22 PIT Pearson (9), (Crosby)

Tyler Johnson, J.T. Miller, and Erik Cernak were the game's three stars.

This was a physical game that the Lightning clearly had earmarked as a measuring stick heading through the second half toward the playoffs. It was far from a clean game for the Lightning from the standpoint of managing the puck and limiting scoring chances, but ultimately they got to win. And, the way they got it was by a lot of guys who haven't scored much in a while getting healthy: Gourde, Cirelli, Johnson, and Miller. That's how you end the offensive drought.

Adam Erne was +1 with 15 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 3 hits in 9:32. You saw the role they envision for him come playoff time, and his next game will mark his graduation from prospect status on the site.

Cernak had a goal and was +3 with 3 shots, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 21:31. I like the defenseman rotation. I don't like Cernak being in it, though. He needs to be a regular first choice by the coaching staff. They're a far better team when he's in.

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NHL Game Night: 2-5-19 Golden Knights at Lightning

Golden Knights outlast Lightning with late surge.

TB-2 (SO)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 37 shots before allowing 1 of 3 to convert in the penalty shot session for the SO loss. It would've been a regulation loss, easily, were it not for Vasilevskiy's heroics.

First Period
6:36 TB Point (31), (Kucherov, Stamkos)(PP)

Second Period
14:19 TB Jospeh (13), (Stamkos, Coburn)
16:28 VGK Eakin (14), (Merrill)

Third Period
5:22 VGK Zykov (1), (Karlsson, Marchessault)


VGK- Tuch

Vasilevskiy, Steven Stamkos, and Brayden Point were the game's three stars. Might've been a touch of home cooking in those selections.

The Lightning played about 40-50 minutes of really excellent hockey in a game in a measuring stick game before inexplicably crumbling at the finish line. They built the 2-0 lead and just had the one hiccup surrendering the breakaway goal to Eakin that allowed Vegas back into the game. But the last 10 minutes of the Third Period were rough and then the Overtime was perhaps the worst looking Overtime that the Lightning have played in a really long time. Vasilevskiy at least allowed them to thieve a point, but it was painful to watch. They did a lot of good things in this game: they were pretty physical, they were opportunistic, and they were stingy giving up chances most of the game. But, it was all for naught.

Coburn and Sergachev may want to burn the tape of this game.

Adam Erne had 2 shots and 2 hits in 9:42.

Erik Cernak was +1 with 1 shot, 6 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 20:22.

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