NHL Game Night: 1-27-20 Lightning at Stars

Lightning a little rusty and a little impatient in OT loss.

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DAL-3 (OT)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 35 shots for the OT loss. He stared down way too many breakaways in this one.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
13:41 TB Stamkos (19), (Kucherov, Rutta)
17:49 DAL Gurianov (12), (Seguin, Lindell)

Third Period
9:06 DAL Benn (13), (Comeau)
18:34 TB Stamkos (20), (Hedman, Kucherov)

Overtime
2:07 DAL Benn (14), (unassisted)

Vasilevskiy was the game's third star.

The Lightning's puck management was pretty uneven as the Lightning played one of those games where they can sometimes be their worst enemy. Facing a strong performance by Ben Bishop in the opposing nets, the Lightning started to press offensively and that, coupled with turnovers, led them to start leaking a lot of breakaways and other odd man opportunities. Considering it's the first game back from All-Star Break I don't put too much stock into it, but that has been the template for upsetting the Lightning in the postseason. They've got to maintain discipline and good habits even when the chances and the goals aren't flowing.

With one game left in this 10-game segment of the campaign, the Lightning now sit on three insurance points. Five sounds better to me.

Carter Verhaeghe was -1 with 1 shot in 5:56.

Mitchell Stephens was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 8:45, but was also 17% on 6 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-25-20 Americans at Crunch

Crunch comeback bid falls short in shooting gallery game.

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SYR-2

Spencer Martin allowed 3 goals on 39 shots for the loss.

First Period
18:22 RCH Cornel (8), (Malone)

Second Period
1:01 RCH Oglevie (13), (Smith)
14:59 SYR Martel (14), (Barre-Boulet, Foote)

Third Period
8:39 RCH Dea (13), (unassisted)(SH)
18:18 SYR Foote (5), (Joseph, Raddysh)(PP)

Cal Foote and Taylor Raddysh were the game's first and third stars.

Rochester edged Syracuse in shots 39-37 in the contest despite getting outshot 19-7 in the game's final frame.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-24-20 Devils at Crunch

Crunch continue to scuffle along with SO loss.

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SYR-3 (SO)

Spencer Martin allowed 3 goals on 34 shots before allowing 1 of 7 shooters in the penalty shot session to convert for the SO loss. It's aggravating to see a reasonable quality start get squandered.

First Period
0:49 SYR Foote (4), (Conacher, Masin)
2:48 SYR Raddysh (11), (Masin, Volkov)

Second Period
14:27 BNG Bastian (9), (McLeod, Schnarr)
19:01 BNG Schnarr (3), (Mermis, Zetterlund)

Third Period
10:44 BNG Anderson (14), (Seney, Merkley)(PP)
18:21 SYR Barre-Boulet (18), (Joseph, Gaunce)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
BNG-Sharangovich
SYR-NONE

Dominik Masin and Alex Barre-Boulet were the game's first and third stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-22-20 Crunch at Rocket

And then Wedgewood got hurt again.

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LAV-3 (OT)

Scott Wedgewood allowed 1 goal on 7 shots before leaving with injury. Spencer Martin then allowed 2 goals on 20 shots for the loss.

First Period
6:26 SYR Smith (17), (Walcott)(SH)
7:32 LAV Vejdemo (9), (Alain, Jevpalovs)
19:39 SYR Raddysh (10), (Colton, Barre-Boulet)(pp)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period[b]
10:07 LAV Varone (2), (Barber, Leskinen)(PP)

[b]Overtime
0:06 LAV Evans (9), (Hudon)

Ross Colton was the game's third star.

Wedgewood was hurt in a collision in his crease in just his second game returning from over a month's absence with a lower body injury. Oof.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 1-20-20 Comets at Crunch

Wedgewood's triumphant return comes at a good time.

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SYR-4

Scott Wedgewood, appearing for the first time since getting injured on December 6th, allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the win. I'm not saying Wedgewood, with his season .893 save percentage, is the second coming. But, this is a shot in the arm, for sure.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
5:02 SYR Katchouk (10), (Barre-Boulet, Thomas)
16:04 SYR Volkov (5), (Smith)

Third Period
12:26 SYR Barre-Boulet (17), (Sieloff, Colton)
14:40 UTI Gadjovich (10), (Teves, Bancks)
15:42 UTI Boucher (24), (Bailey, Juolevi)(PP)
19:04 SYR Smith (16), (Conacher, Volkov)(EN)

Alex Barre-Boulet, Boris Katchouk, and Wedgewood were the game's three stars.

Utica managed to get the old false hope goal with 4:18 left to play, but then discovered why we call it the false hope goal.

As crazy bad as Syracuse has been lately, they're just 4 points out of third place in the North Division. Maybe Wedgewood helps change the dynamic and the Crunch can make a little run here? Crazier things have happened, and this has been a proud AHL franchise in recent years.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-18-20 Crunch at Devils

Crunch comeback helps them stave off falling below .500.

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BNG-5

Spencer Martin allowed 3 goals on 10 shots before getting lifted. Mike Condon allowed 2 goals on 21 shots the rest of the way for the victory.

First Period
1:35 BNG Jacobs (4), (Schmelzer, Baddock)
6:01 SYR Volkov (3), (unassisted)(PP)
8:08 BNG Anderson (12), (Seney, Merkley)(PP)
10:21 BNG Merkley (7), (White, Seney)(PP)
18:43 SYR Yan (9), (Somppi, Walcott)
19:55 SYR Volkov (4), (unassisted)

Second Period
0:19 BNG Maltsev (6), (Conner, Anderson)
13:20 SYR Raddysh (9), (Joseph, D. Stephens)
15:53 SYR Volkov (5), (Katchouk, Conacher)(PP)

Third Period
10:23 SYR Colton (9), (Volkov)
19:06 BNG Bastian (8), (Mermis, Gignac)

Alexander Volkov and Taylor Raddysh were the game's first and second stars.

It's hard living knowing you've got to score five or six goals a night to win.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 1-17-20 Lightning at Jets

Lightning head to All-Star Break in style.

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WPG-1

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 31 shots for the win.

First Period
9:27 TB Cirelli (10), (Palat, Johnson)
12:21 TB Kucherov (21), (Stamkos, Point)
19:07 TB Cirelli (11), (Palat)

Second Period
7:21 TB Kucherov (22), (Point, Stamkos)
11:10 TB Verhaeghe (6), (McDonagh)
11:44 WPG Roslovic (9), (Perreault)

Third Period
7:48 TB Cirelli (12), (Palat)
10:45 TB Killorn (20), (Stephens, Sergachev)

Anthony Cirelli, Nikita Kucherov, and Vasilevskiy were the game's three stars. Cirelli with his first career NHL hat trick, which is great, but...

It was nice knowing you all, but by the time we wake up tomorrow I fully expect the locusts and the lava to be everywhere. Alex Killorn has 20 goals for the first time in his NHL career, thereby triggering #EndOfDays. The appropriate place to be in times like these is either in church or making love one last time to your partner. Choose according to your own individual situations.

Your pre All-Star Break/pre-rapture standings update has the Lightning clinching a successful 10-game segment tonight to maintain the 2 point insurance buffer they had coming into the segment with a couple more games to play in the segment. There's still work to do t clinch the playoffs over the next three segments, but a couple of wins to get to the 50 game mark would put them in very commanding shape.

Carter Verhaeghe had a goal and 1 shot and 2 hits in 11:57.

Mitchell Stephens had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 12:20. He was also a stylish 89% on 9 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-17-20 Thunderbirds at Crunch

Syracuse is just a bad team right now.

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SYR-1

Spencer Martin allowed 3 goals on 22 shots for the loss. His season save percentage is now .885.

First Period
7:21 SPR Prow (4), (Audette, Pecararo)
11:51 SYR Yan (8), (Somppi, Huntington)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
7:04 SPR Tippett (16), (Schemitsch, Cross)
8:19 SPR Audette (8), (Prow, Rodewald)
19:56 SPR O'Gara (2), (unassisted)(EN)

Dennis Yan was the game's second star.

After going 2-6-0-2 in their last ten games, Syracuse has fallen to the .500 mark, and they're only a couple of points out of last place in the North Division. Tough times for a proud AHL organization that's had a lot of recent success.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 1-16-20 Lightning at Wild

Comeback push comes a little too late.

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MIN-3

Curtis McElhinney allowed 3 goals on 23 shots for the loss. Not his best game.

First Period
14:17 MIN Parise (17), (Staal, Spurgeon)(PP)

Second Period
7:42 TB Kucherov (19), (Sergachev, Palat)
12:32 MIN Eriksson-Ek (4), (Kunin)
14:43 MIN Suter (7), (Greenway)

Third Period
9:32 TB Kucherov (20), (Stamkos, Cirelli)(PP)

Nikita Kucherov was the game's third star.

Might be fair to posit that the team, contrary to some things Stamkos said before the Kings game, has mentally checked out a little looking forward to the All-Star Break. That certainly looked the case for 40 minutes tonight, at least. 20 SOG is a very un-Lightning performance recently, and shows that something was off with the team's approach tonight.

Carter Verhaeghe was -1 in 6:53.

Mitchell Stephens was -1 in 11:07. He was also 75% on 12 draws.

Alexander Volkov had 2 penalty minutes in 7:28.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-15-20 Crunch at Phantoms

.885.

SYR-4
LV-5

Spencer Martin allowed 5 goals on 33 shots for the loss.

First Period
3:15 LV Sushko (7), (Knodel, Criscuolo)
6:13 SYR Colton (8), (Thomas, Conacher)(PP)
7:47 LV Frost (7), (Laberge, Bigras)
7:56 SYR Barre-Boulet (16), (Katchouk, Martel)

Second Period
0:51 SYR Martel (13), (Raddysh, Thomas)
18:38 LV Willman (1), (unassisted)

Third Period
3:19 LV Frost (8), (Knodel, Berube)(PP)
15:52 LV Carey (10), (O'Reilly, Bigras)(PP)
17:53 SYR Conacher (14), (Barre-Boulet, Colton)(PP)

Danick Martel was the game's third star.

Spencer Martin's save percentage is now .885, which as terrible as that is, is the second best mark on the team this year behind Scott Wedgewood's .891 save percentage. And that's the 2019-2020 Crunch season to date in a nutshell.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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