NHL Game Night: 12-3-19 Lightning at Predators

Lightning OT master class claims two crucial road points.

NSH-2 (OT)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the OT victory.

First Period
7:46 TB Hedman (5), (Stamkos, Johnson)

Second Period
6:13 NSH Jarnkrok (10), (Turris)
6:44 TB Palat (9), (Kucherov, Shattenkirk)

Third Period
9:51 NSH Turris (5), (Ekholm, Ellis)(PP)

2:35 TB Kucherov (10), (Stamkos, Sergachev)

Nikita Kucherov was the game's first star.

The Lightning tried to piddle this one down the leg pretty hard, wasting a full major penalty and several other golden opportunities to take this one in regulation on the power play. However, putting that aside, they got good goaltending tonight and they absolutely put on a master class in possession in Overtime by controlling the puck for pretty much the full duration of OT before tying a bow on it with a tap in finish by Kucherov.

I would be unsurprised to see Erik Cernak go right back on suspension for an uncalled elbow in the Third Period of tonight's contest.

It's really hard to understate how important those two points were. Lose that game and you've got to get nine of ten remaining possible points in this ten game segment of the year to stay on playoff pace. Even with the win, the Lightning still have to collect seven points out of the next five games. .700 hockey is far from a gimme, either, but it's more in the realm of reality than .900 hockey.

Carter Verhaeghe was -1 with 2 penalty minutes in 5:19.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NCAA Game Night: November 30, 2019

Saturday NCAA highlights features Max Crozier 1A and 3-game point streak in #13 Providence clinch of the Mayor's Cup with win over Brown; Cole Koepke 1A in UMD lone goal loss to #1 Minnesota State; Alex Green's six-game point streak ends in #2 Cornell win at Madison Square Garden over BU.

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NHL Game Night: 11-30-19 Hurricanes at Lightning

Schedule loss drops Lightning behind the standings eight ball.


Curtis McElhinney allowed 3 goals on 24 shots for the loss.

First Period
4:49 CAR Aho (13), (Svechnikov, Hamilton)(PP)
7:30 CAR Martinook (1), (Bishop, Slavin)
19:53 CAR Slavin (3), (Aho, Hamilton)

Second Period

Third Period
3:26 TB Point (10), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)
8:50 TB Johnson (5), (Cirelli, Sergachev)

Tyler Johnson was the game's third star.

This was a difficult ask for the Lightning to play a back-to-back where the latter half was against arguably the best possession team in the league. Carolina, true to form, jumped all over the Lightning early and often. 3-0 after twenty minutes and it seemed like a laugher quickly. They expended a lot of energy on a decent comeback, but again, a three goal deficit in the Third Period remains a virtual death sentence.

So here we are with the Lightning now needing to pull down nine points over the next six games just to stay on nominal playoff pace. The team's not playing poorly, but with the results not matching their form they're in serious danger of digging themselves a hole if they don't start getting results in the next couple of weeks.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-30-19 Crunch at Devils

Slump buster in Bingo.

BNG-3 (OT)

Spencer Martin allowed 3 goals on 29 shots for the win.

First Period

Second Period
0:08 SYR Barre-Boulet (9), (Stephens, Witkowski)
4:36 BNG Mermis (1), (McLeod, Bastian)
16:31 SYR Martel (10), (Masin)

Third Period
3:18 BNG Melchiori (1), (Zetterlund, Gignac)(PP)
15:13 SYR Conacher (6), (Masin, Colton)
19:07 BNG Anderson (6), (Schmelzer, Mermis)

4:44 SYR Barre-Boulet (10), (Colton)

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

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NCAA Game Night: November 28-29, 2019

Thursday and Friday NCAA highlights features a pair of broken streaks: Sammy Walker 1A and Ryan Zuhlsdor each with 1A in a pair of losses to #3 Norh Dakota; Walker breaks a 4-game pointless streak; Cole Koepke has 6-game point streak come to an end as #8 UMD falls to #1 Minnesota State; Ty Taylor sits back up in Belfast, Ireland as UNH goes 1-1 and takes 3rd at the 5th Annual Friendship Four tournament.

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AHL Game Night: 11-29-19 Rocket at Crunch

Crunch streaking in the wrong direction.


Scott Wedgewood allowed 3 goals on 13 shots for the loss before giving way to Spencer Martin who stopped both shots he faced the rest of the way.

First Period
0:45 LAV Evans (3), (Alzner, Waked)
15:45 SYR Martel (9), (Barre-Boulet, M. Stephens)

Second Period
12:04 LAV Barber (5), (Peca, Brook)
14:32 LAV Alain (4), (Vejdemo, Alzner)

Third Period
6:22 SYR M. Stephens (5), (Martel, Barre-Boulet)
19:42 LAV Vejdemo (7), (unassisted)(SH)(EN)

Mitchell Stephens was the game's second star.

It's got to be incredibly frustrating to hold a team down to 16 shots on goal and not get a result. That's what Syracuse did tonight while they outpaced the Rocket 28-16 on the shot board. That's partly goaltending and that's partly going 0/5 on the power play, the latter of which is especially difficult to swallow given all the weapons Syracuse has up and down their lineup.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-29-19 Lightning at Capitals

Lightning robbed blind by crooked refs.

WSH-4 (OT)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 35 shots for the OT loss.

First Period
18:50 TB Point (9), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)

Second Period
4:28 TB Sergachev (3), (Kucherov, Shattenkirk)
5:17 WSH Kuznetsov (11), (Oshie, Vrana)(PP)
18:48 TB Killorn (6), (Point, Kucherov)

Third Period
3:45 WSH Vrana (12), (Oshie)
11:36 WSH Ovechkin (17), (Orlov, Boyd)(PP)

3:03 WSH Orlov (2), (Kuznetsov, Oshie)

Is case you all needed a reminder, NHL officiating is an absolute joke. A travesty. A bastardization of justice parading around as something legitimate. The Lightning played a REALLY good game tonight, and should've been winning 3-0 after 40 minutes, and instead had to settle for a point. Why? Washington gets a Second Period PP off an "interference" call on Sergachev where he's trying to skate to the far boards to a loose puck and he runs over a Caps forward trying to obstruct him from getting there. In the universe I live in, that's at worst a no call and at best an interference call on the Caps. And, to compound matters, you get a ticky tack call on Kucherov for "holding" that leads to the tying goal on Ovechkin. Let's recap Kucherov's "holding": the Caps defenseman isn't impeded from the puck and their body wasn't torqued in any way. Sin bin. And that's fine, if you're gonna call it both ways. But, in Overtime, watch the damned tape and count the infractions that Washington gets away with. Two bigger than ::expletive deleted:: actual holds and an uncalled holding the stick penalty.

It's a farce. An absolute clown show. People in the league office should be resigning for the amount of times this crap happens. Horrible. Pathetic. Trash league.

I'm furious. In case you all couldn't tell.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-27-19 Crunch at Comets

Crunch look like turkeys on T-giving eve.


Scott Wedgewood allowed 3 goals on 34 shots for the loss.

First Period
17:29 UTI Eliot (2), (Camper, Perron)(PP)

Second Period
11:19 UTI Boucher (14), (Baertschi, Rafferty)(PP)
18:44 SYR Martel (8), (Valleau, Somppi)(PP)

Third Period
1:58 UTI Blujus (3), (Sorenson, Stevenson)
17:41 UTI Baertschi (3), (Boucher)(EN)

Syracuse outshot by a roughly 3:2 margin en route to dropping a game they needed if they wanted to keep rising up the North Division standings.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-27-19 Blues at Lightning

Valiant effort against defending champs squandered.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 33 shots for the loss. The difference in this game was goaltending. Flat out. The second Blues goal was a softie and the subsequent two Blues goals were both shots Andrei got a piece of but allowed to go through him. You hate to finger point, but this one's on Vasilevskiy.

First Period

Second Period
3:53 TB Kucherov (9), (Point)
5:31 STL Sundqvist (7), (Barbashev, Bouwmeester)(SH)
8:40 STL Sundqvist (8), (Barbashev, Bozak)
11:39 TB Cirelli (6), (McDonagh, Kucherov)

Third Period
8:21 STL Sanford (3), (Barbashev, Bozak)
11:07 STL Schenn (13), (O'Reilly, Schwartz)(PP)
14:23 TB Point (8), (Kucherov, Shattenkirk)(PP)

Anthony Cirelli was the game's second star.

This was a tough one to take. Even without the injured Steven Stamkos and the suspended Erik Cernak the Lightning played well enough to get at least a point tonight, but the goaltending betrayed them. Possession stats were good. Physicality against a Western Conference team was ok. But... Vasiy can play better. Vasiy must play better.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-25-19 Sabres at Lightning

Survive. Outlast. Advance.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 30 shots for the victory. It was a very similar formula for the Lightning where he, again, weathered an early storm and got the goal support once the team got its legs underneath them.

First Period
0:13 TB Kucherov (8), (Palat)
3:40 BUF Reinhart (9), (Olofsson, Eichel)

Second Period
1:48 BUF Vesey (1), (unassisted)
7:20 TB Sergachev (2), (Palat, Shattenkirk)(PP)
9:26 TB Gourde (6), (McDonagh, Maroon)

Third Period
8:17 TB Paquette (3), (Cirelli, McDonagh)(SH)
9:06 TB Palat (8), (Joseph)(SH)

Ondrej Palat, Ryan McDonagh, and Cedric Paquette were the game's three stars.

It isn't pretty, start to finish, but the Lightning are developing a recipe for success without Stamkos in the lineup. It's fascinating to see the team execute a version of last year's playbook, but do it utilizing some lower line pieces like Cirelli, etc.

Carter Verhaeghe was -1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 10:22.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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