Cernak, Erik

NHL Game Night: 2-2-19 Lightning at Rangers

Road weary Lightning grind out two points.


Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 33 shots for the win. I think he might've wanted the first goal back, but he made a fistful of key saves throughout the game when called upon to make up for it.

First Period
6:51 TB Gourde (13), (McDonagh, Joseph)

Second Period
4:41 TB Cernak (1), (Callahan, Paquette)
8:33 TB Stamkos (28), (Hedman, Kucherov)
16:17 NYR Zuccarello (9), (Zibanejad, Kreider)

Third Period
6:49 NYR Hayes (11), (Zibanejad, Lundqvist)(PP)

Steven Stamkos and Domingue were the game's first and third stars.

This was a tough game for the Lightning to pull two points out of. They played a very emotional and very physical overtime game against the Islanders last night and they ended up having to play tonight without Brayden Point. So, the Lightning could be excused for the fact they looked flat a lot of the first 20 minutes of the game and like they were holding on for dear life for some of the final 25 minutes of the game. Ultimately, the Lightning once again proved they're capable of winning a different style of hockey game in a different way. That's, perhaps, unsurprising when you have a record as good as the Lightning have this season. But, it's still good for the club to know they can grind a tough one out like this when they need to.

Adam Erne had 1 shot and 4 hits in 10:05. He's four more games from graduating from prospect status and joining Cirelli and Joseph in this year's class of Bolt Prospects Alumni.

Erik Cernak had his first NHL goal and was +2 with 2 shots and 2 blocked shots in 22:26. The genuine outpouring of love he got from his teammates upon finally breaking through and getting his first goal in the league was heartwarming.

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NHL Game Night: 2-1-19 Lightning at Islanders

Vasilevskiy remains a giant in games after losses.

NYI-0 (SO)

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 36 shots he faced in regulation and OT before blanking 3-of-3 in the penalty shot session for the SO victory. He goes to another level in games after losses and you had a better chance of seeing a Sasquatch than you did of seeing Andrei get scored on tonight.

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TB- Hedman

Vasilevskiy and Victor Hedman were the game's first and third stars. For my money, the best non-goaltender in tonight's game was Brayden Point, though.

What a physical, grinding, tough match that was. This was a good type of game to be in the second half of a season trending toward the playoffs. All that said, that officiating was pretty special. If you believe the Lightning really only drew one penalty despite the possession advantage they had in this game against a slower team, I've got a bridge to sell you where the Islanders used to play.

Adam Erne had 2 hits in 10:00.

Erik Cernak had 4 shots and 4 hits in 21:15.

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NHL Game Night: 1-30-19 Lightning at Penguins

Post All-Star Break malaise dooms Lightning early.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 22 shots for the loss. He needed to be better tonight under the circumstances, but he was pretty rusty from the layoff, too.

First Period
3:25 PIT Sheahan (7), (Wilson, Letang)
8:05 PIT Kessel (21), (Rust, Malkin)
8:21 PIT Crosby (22), (Simon)

Second Period
6:02 PIT Letang (12), (Kessel, Malkin)

Third Period
15:50 TB Miller (8), (Killorn, McDonagh)
17:56 TB Stamkos (27), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)

Just kind of a schedule loss. Pittsburgh got their clunker out of the way against New Jersey coming out of the break and so they had the rust off against a Lightning team that hadn't. And it's not like the Lightning were awful. They didn't fully have their legs, but they did outshoot the Pens 35-22 including 16-5 in the opening frame. It's just a little bit of lack of mental sharpness early and some dead legs mixed in (ahem, Dan Girardi). Pittsburgh's a team that will make you pay even on just a handful of mental lapses, and so it was a bad schedule spot against a team well-suited to jump on Lightning errors. C'est la vie. I don't read too much into it, especially given the Lightning won the final 40 minutes 2-1.

Impossible to really evaluate Kendall Coyne as a color analyst on the NBCSN broadcast when she's getting stepped on by the creepiness of Pierre McGuire. "I'll be your cage tonight?" Really?

Adam Erne was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 9:21.

Erik Cernak had 6 hits and 2 blocked shots in 18:52.

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NHL Game Night: 1-19-19 Sharks at Lightning

Lightning crush Sharks in All-Star Break getaway game.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 39 shots for the victory.

First Period
3:32 TB Joseph (12), (Cirelli, Miller)
17:51 TB Killorn (11), (unassisted)
19:39 SJ Kane (18), (Meier, Thornton)(PP)

Second Period
7:29 TB Gourde (12), (Stamkos, Palat)
12:01 TB Hedman (7), (Kucherov)(PP)

Third Period
5:08 TB Stamkos (25), (Kucherov, McDonagh)
14:15 TB Stamkos (26), (Hedman, Point)(PP)
19:23 SJ Sorensen (10), (Heed, Lebanc)

Steven Stamkos, Mathieu Joseph, and Victor Hedman were the game's three stars.

Tampa Bay improves to a mind-boggling 11-1-0 in games after a defeat. How do you check into the All-Star Break with a 16 point lead on the next closest Eastern Conference rival? That's exactly how.

Joseph had a goal, 4 shots, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 13:02. Tonight was Joseph's 41st appearance of the season, meaning he is graduated from prospect status on the site. How fitting he performed well enough to be a star of the game on his graduation night.

Adam Erne had 1 hit and 2 blocked shots in 10:16.

Erik Cernak was +1 with 3 shots, 7 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 19:32.

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