Joseph, Mathieu

NHL Game Night: 1-15-19 Lightning at Stars

No losing streak shall abide where Vasiy and the kittens reside.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 35 shots he faced for the victory.

First Period
7:55 TB Palat (7), (Stamkos, Gourde)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
9:15 TB Sergachev (2), (Cirelli)

Vasilevskiy, Mikhail Sergachev, and Steven Stamkos were the game's three stars.

This was far from a vintage Lightning performance from a possession standpoint, only managing 8 shots on goal in the final 40 minutes of the contest. Didn't matter. For the second time this season Vasilevskiy followed up a loss with a shutout that annihilated any chance of a losing streak.

Mathieu Joseph had 2 penalty minutes and 6 hits in 9:21.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 1-13-19 Lightning at Islanders

Slow start finally bites the Lightning.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the lost. The third goal allowed was of the softer variety, and probably ultimately cost the Lightning any real shot of coming back in this one.

First Period
1:21 NYI Nelson (16), (Eberle, Barzal)(PP)
4:27 NYI Clutterbuck (3), (Martin, Cizikas)
4:43 NYI Toews (3), (unassisted)

Second Period
11:03 NYI Cizikas (11), (Martin, Clutterbuck)
18:12 TB McDonagh (5), (Stamkos, Palat)

Third Period
NYI Bailey (10), (Lee, Leddy)(EN)

If there's been a single negative to the Lightning's run over the past month and a half it's been a penchant to have sleepy, slow starts. Tonight the Lightning were down 3-0 before five minutes were even gone and they just never recovered playing on the tail end of a back-to-back. That strikes me as an intensity/focus issue, and sometimes it takes a loss like this for the point to be driven home. Unfortunately, the loss also came at the cost of Victor Hedman leaving the game with an apparent concussion after colliding with an official. All around, just a bad night.

Mathieu Joseph was -1 with 3 shots and 1 hit in 11:48.

Adam Erne had 7 hits in 10:14. The scorekeeper in Brooklyn sure does love handing out hits.

Erik Cernak had 2 penalty minutes, 5 shots, and 2 hits in 16:39.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 1-10-19 Hurricanes at Lightning

Tampa Bay breaks through stout Carolina D for comeback win.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 27 shots for the win. Made a handful of big stops to keep the Lightning within shooting distance before the team eventually broke through in the Third Period.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
4:34 CAR Williams (11), (Hamilton, VanReimsdyk)

Third Period
11:56 TB Palat (5), (Stamkos, Point)(PP)
16:45 TB Point (27), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)
19:34 TB Point (28), (Stamkos, Killorn)(EN)

Brayden Point and Vasilevskiy were the game's first and second stars.

Tampa Bay took about half the game to fully adjust to Carolina's speed and structure, including a pancake flat First Period, and looked in real danger of being shutout in this contest. But, what makes this year's Lightning different is most teams can't go 60 minutes with them before the Lightning's depth eventually cracks them. Carolina took some penalties in the Third Period as the Lightning ratcheted up the pressure and they ultimately paid the price.

Mathieu Joseph had 1 shot in 9:24. Made a gorgeous pass to Brayden Point to spring him for an apparent breakaway goal that was disallowed for an offside with Tyler Johnson jumping off the ice. It's a shame, because Joseph had a really strong shift and looked like he'd gotten the payoff.

Adam Erne had 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and 2 hits in 9:06.

Erik Cernak was +1 with 2 shots, 5 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 19:14. Drew one of the key penalties in the Third Period keeping a puck at the blueline and slashing toward the slot.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 1-8-19 Blue Jackets at Lightning

Vasilevskiy unleashes the kittens in bounce back performance.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 31 shots he faced for the shutout victory. He had a small handful of really great chances, particularly a couple of Grade A ones by Panarin in the Second Period, and he was equal to the task each time.

First Period
15:55 TB Joseph (11), (Sergachev)
16:39 TB Point (25), (Kucherov, Johnson)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
6:05 TB Kucherov (21), (Johnson, Point)
8:53 TB Point (26), (Sergachev)

Brayden Point, Vasilevskiy, and Mikhail Sergachev were the game's three stars.

It wasn't a perfect game, but under the circumstances on the first game back from a road trip that ended poorly in San Jose, the Lightning can be ecstatic about the outcome. I thought they had a very strong First Period, built the 2-0 lead, booted a chance to put the game away in a poor Second Period, but then finally had a workmanlike Third Period to seal the deal.

The really good news: Sergachev is finally starting to round into form after looking a little off the first few months of the campaign.

Mathieu Joseph had a goal and was +1 with 1 shot in 12:27. I'll say it again: This guy is going to mess around and score 20 goals on just 11-12 minutes of ice time a night. He's actually tied for second in rookie goal scoring at the moment.

Danick Martel was +1 with 3 shots and 1 hit in 12:35.

Adam Erne had 1 shot and 4 hits in 10:17.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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