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AHL Game Night: 12-11-19 Crunch at Bruins

Gemel Smith's hatty leads Crunch to road win over the B's.

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Spencer Martin allowed 1 goal on 27 shots for the win.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
2:33 PRO Frederic (3), (Koppanen, Fitzgerald)
11:31 SYR Smith (5), (Foote)(PP)
12:29 SYR Abbandonato (3), (Walcott, Martel)

Third Period
18:45 SYR Smith (6), (Martel, Boulet)(EN)
19:42 SYR Smith (7), (Conacher, Masin)(EN)

Smith and Martin were the game's first and second stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 12-10-19 Lightning at Panthers

Desperate Lightning staunch the bleeding.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 28 shots for the win. That's two straight quality starts for Vasilevskiy, who hopefully is about to go on a hot streak.

First Period
6:42 TB Stamkos (11), (Killorn)

Second Period
4:51 TB Killorn (9), (Cirelli, Cernak)

Third Period
18:00 FLA Dadonov (12), (Huberdeau, Hoffman)

Vasilevskiy and Alex Killorn were the game's first and third stars. I thought Cirelli was the best player on the rink, personally.

Bobrovsky held this game unnecessarily close, but the Lightning pretty much dominated the final two periods of play en route to a sizable 48-28 shot advantage. It was a dominant possession display with lots of scoring chances that was the product of an inspired/desperate effort by a Lightning team that knows it can't fall further behind the eight ball. They have a really tough ask to play Boston to close out this 10-game segment of the year. A loss tonight would've made the chance of being a full five points behind the curve at the 30-game mark a real possibility. Now you hope the Lightning can manufacture some kind of result against the Bruins and hold the damage to a much more manageable 1-2 point pacing deficit.

Carter Verhaeghe was -1 with 3 shots and 3 hits in 9:30.

Mitchell Stephens had 2 shots and 2 blocked shots in 5:57 and he was 83% on 6 draws. It was a much less splashy effort than his debut game.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 12-9-19 Islanders at Lightning

Tampa Bay's season is now officially in some trouble.

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Curtis McElhinney allowed 5 goals on 24 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
6:44 NYI Johnston (2), (Pulock)
8:37 NYI Bailey (8), (Cizikas, Boychuk)(SH)
15:35 TB Stamkos (10), (Shattenkirk, Cirelli)

Third Period
7:31 NYI Nelson (10), (unassisted)
14:41 NYI Nelson (11), (Lee, Eberle)
16:05 NYI Lee (8), (Bailey, Barzal)(PP)

The score isn't indicative of how closely played this one was. This felt a lot like a playoff game where, "first goal wins," and when the Isles got theirs after Conacher failed to convert on a breakaway it seemed like it was going to be incredibly difficult to get a W tonight.

The standings implications are scary. The Lightning will finish this playoff segment at least one point behind playoff pace, but they could be as much as five points behind the curve if they fail to get maximum points in these next two games. If they fall that far back, chances are they'll hit the halfway mark of the season still chasing a playoff pace, and that's a really bad place to be.

Carter Verhaeghe was -2 with 1 shot in 9:56.

Mitchell Stephens was -2 with 2 hits in 8:28 and he was also 80% on 5 draws. I thought he played really well. Probably the best of the debutante games this season. Better than Verhaeghe and Volkov's premieres, IMO. He was good on the forecheck and not shy at all about going to the tough areas in front of the net.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NCAA Game Weekend: December 6-8, 2019

All Lightning NCAA prospects in action this weekend, well... except Kris Oldham who continues to sit back up for Clarkson in win over St. Lawrence. Highlights include 2G and 2nd Star for Cole Guttman in #4 Denver tie with #20 Arizona State; Cole Koepke 3G in two games and a 2nd Star as #14 UMD sweeps #18 UNO; Max Crozier 1A in #15 Providence loss to #16 UML; Ty Taylor in a 16-save UNH win over Merrimack; Sammy Walker with 2A in two Minnesota OT games against #7 Ohio State; Nick Perbix 1A in St. Cloud win over Miami. Alex Green pointless in Cornell split with Harvard and Dartmouth.

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