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NHL Game Night: 1-3-19 Lightning at Kings

Lightning throttle the corpse of the LA Kings to cap first half of 2018/2019.

TB-6
LA-2

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 30 shots for the victory. There were times in the first 40 minutes he could've had a coffee break and it wouldn't have mattered because the workload was so light.

First Period
6:28 TB Kucherov (20), (Stamkos, Johnson)(PP)
7:53 TB Point (24), (Stamkos, Kucherov)(PP)
14:05 TB Callahan (4), (unassisted)

Second Period
0:25 TB McDonagh (4), (Point, Kucherov)
7:55 LA Wagner (4), (unassisted)
17:05 TB Stamkos (23), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)

Third Period
10:04 TB Joseph (10), (Callahan)
17:36 LA Doughty (4), (Kopitar, Brown)

Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos, and Brayden Point were the game's three stars.

The LA Kings are the slowest hockey team in the NHL and they had zero chance against the Tampa Bay Lightning, especially after spotting them a pair of early power play goals. That team is a corpse of what it was a few years ago when they were competing for Cups. I thought Chicago was the saddest shell of their former selves. Nope. LA. Gracious, they couldn't even catch up to the Lightning to try to clutch, grab, and cheat even if they wanted to in order to try to keep it competitive.

The Lightning pull into the midway point of the campaign 12 points clear of the entire league, with a league leading +55 goal differential and a league leading 174 goals. Their win against the Kings extended a 16-game point streak that has started to feel like the unprecedented winning streak the Norfolk Admirals had the year they won the Calder Cup under Jon Cooper with a score of youngsters that now dot today's roster. It's historic. It's outstanding. It's thrilling...

It's also meaningless unless they win the Stanley Cup. There's a lot of plaudits to be thrown around about the way this team is playing and it has been a magical regular season thus far, but let's be real: Great teams require the validation of championships. Period. So, I think it's important not to overplay this regular season, which at most will give the Lightning potential home ice advantage in a prospective Game Seven playoff match-up. That's it. That's all they can win until we get to the back half of April and the real hockey season begins. So it's important for both the fans and the organization, top to bottom, not to get out over their skis about regular season play. It's nice. But it's just a warmup.

Mathieu Joseph had a goal and was +1 with 2 shots and 2 blocked shots in 10:33. He wasn't really noticeable until garbage time set in for the Third Period, but how many players do you know that have the blow-by speed not only to beat Drew Doughty around the corner, but beat him so completely he had to try the Pavel Kubina praying mantis move in desperation?

Anthony Cirelli had 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 2 blocked shots in 16:50. He has now graduated from prospect status on the website with his 41st appearance this season.

Adam Erne was +1 with 3 shots and 4 hits in 11:52. Nearly had a couple of goals poaching in passing lanes and was generally effective all game long.

Erik Cernak had 3 hits in 17:46.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

ECHL Game Night: 1-2-19 Swamp Rabbits @ Solar Bears

Greenville Swamp Rabbits 2 @ Orlando Solar Bears 1

C Mitch Hults, ORL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 16 GP, 4-5-9, -5, 6 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 9 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 4 PIM
Season Totals (SD): 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (Utah): 5 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 10 PIM
17-18 Totals (SD): 53 GP, 10-14-24, -10, 8 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, ORL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 10 GP, 0-4-4, -6, 8 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 5 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
17-18 Totals (Moose Jaw, WHL): 71 GP, 7-19-26, +35, 62 PIM

D Matthew Spencer, ORL: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 13 GP, 2-5-7, +7, 14 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 6 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (ECHL): 14 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 13 PIM
17-18 Totals (AHL): 39 GP, 1-4-5, +2, 13 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, ORL: Did not play
Season Totals (ORL): 11 GP, 6-6-12, +2, 12 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 8 GP, 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (SYR): 23 GP, 3-3-6, +5, 16 PIM

Greenville got an assist from former Bolt prospect Dan Milan and the Swamp Rabbits hopped down to Orlando and beat the Solar Bears, 2-1. Orlando outshot Greenville, 30-27, but had trouble beating veteran goaltender Garrett Bartus, formerly of the University of Connecticut.

Jonne Tammela was a scratch for Orlando, who received Olivier Archambault from AHL Syracuse on Thursday. Archambault is on an AHL contract with the Crunch. Orlando made a paper transaction to acquire his ECHL playing rights.

With the win, Greenville moved within four points of Orlando for fourth place in the South Division. The Solar Bears will next face third-place South Carolina twice on the weekend at home before heading to Norfolk for three games.

AHL Game Night: 1-2-19 Crunch at Comets

Comets avenge drubbing by doubling up Crunch.

SYR-2
UTI-4

Eddie Pasquale allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the loss.

First Period
19:53 UTI Boucher (17), (MacEwen)

Second Period
8:16 SYR Barre-Boulet (15), (Conacher, Gaunce)(PP)

Third Period
5:59 UTI Graham (2), (Gaunce)(PP)
7:54 UTI McEneny (4), (Kero)
18:37 SYR Conacher (13), (Gaunce, Verhaeghe)(PP)
18:58 UTI Gaunce (10), (Boucher, Demko)(EN)

Productive night for dudes named Gaunce.

The last time these teams squared off, Syracuse put a 10-1 pasting on the Comets. Hockey.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 1-1-19

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Kitchener Rangers 3

C/W Alexey Lipanov, KIT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 6/14 FO
Season Totals: 30 GP, 7-7-14, -21, 8 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

Peterborough opened the scoring on a goal by former Bolt prospect Christopher Paquette, his 15th of the season, but watched as Kitchener scored three times to take a 3-1 win. Paquette, who is the cousin of Lightning center Cedric Paquette, has 24 points in 36 games this season. He is within one goal of his career high. The Lightning chose not to sign the former fifth-rounder last spring. Current Lightning prospect Alexey Lipanov went scoreless for the Rangers to extend his scoreless streak to three games. He has one assist in his last seven contests.

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