NHL Game Night: 1-7-20 Canucks at Lightning

Two streaks enter, one streak leaves.

VAN-2
TB-9

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 23 shots for the victory. Bathe in the purifying waters of cool, deep goal support.

First Period
18:58 VAN Pettersson (20), (Boeser)

Second Period
4:21 TB Johnson (10), (Palat, Hedman)
10:10 TB Stamkos (17), (Point)(PP)
14:05 VAN Eriksson (3), (Horvat, Pearson)
15:07 TB Killorn (17), (unassisted)
17:06 TB Verhaeghe (3), (Point, Gourde)
17:37 TB Kucherov (15), (Point)
18:02 TB Cernak (3), (Stamkos, Coburn)

Third Period
4:37 TB Point (18), (Stamkos, Cernak)
12:43 TB Verhaeghe (4), (Stephens)(SH)
18:09 TB Verheaghe (5), (Kucherov, Sergachev)(PP)

Carter Verhaeghe, Brayden Point, and Steven Stamkos were the game's three stars.

Tonight the Lightning sent the warning shot across the rest of the NHL's bow, and it's squeaky bun time in the rest of the sport's franchise cities. Vancouver entered this game with the same seven game winning streak that Tampa Bay sported, and they left humiliated underneath an avalanche of goals as the uber-talented Lightning issued the kind of swag-dripped beatdown that had been a hallmark of their record-setting season a year ago. It had everything, including two of my favorite plays in hockey: quick strike goals off of clean offensive zone faceoff wins. Inject it into my veins.

Verhaeghe had his first NHL hat trick and was +2 with 7 shots and 1 hit in 11:54. Kudos to Cooper for getting him out on the late PP to get the third goal.

Mitchell Stephens had a helper and was +1 with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 11:57. He was also 55% on 11 draws, and looked to have a goal until it was determined Verheaghe had actually scored earlier on the same shift.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.