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NHL Game Night: 3-9-19 Red Wings at Lightning

Salty Lightning dispense with Detroit for the 14th straight time.

DET-2
TB-3

Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 24 shots for the victory.

First Period
3:08 TB McDonagh (8), (Cernak, Cirelli)
11:56 TB Kucherov (32), (Point, Hedman)(PP)

Second Period
19:56 DET Vanek (13), (Kronwall, Zadina)(PP)

Third Period
13:53 TB Kucherov (33), (Sergachev, Johnson)
19:04 DET Mantha (17), (Kronwall, Hronek)

Nikita Kucherov, Victor Hedman, and Ryan McDonagh were the game's three stars. Kucherov eclipsed Vincent Lecavalier's Lightning single-season points mark with his pair of goals in the contest.

Credit to the Wings and Bernier for keeping this thing closer than I thought, but coming off a frustrating loss into a game against a struggling opponent this felt like another game where the Lightning's opponent had zero chance. The Lightning outshot the Wings by about a 3:2 margin and, but for a couple of late period goals at the end of the Second and Third Periods, seemed to have the whole game on lockdown.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3-9-19 Crunch at Penguins

OT loss means Syracuse holds its division lead by the slimmest of margins.

SYR-3
WBS-4 (OT)

Martin Ouellette allowed 4 goals on 36 shots for the OT loss. The Crunch held a pair of Third Period leads in this game but they just couldn't hold onto the W.

First Period
3:27 SYR Colton (12), (Andreoff, Raddysh)
10:36 SYR Gaunce (10), (Conacher, Barre-Boulet)(PP)

Second Period
11:40 WBS Olund (6), (Hayes, Brown)

Third Period
7:35 WBS Blandisi (15), (Prow, Johnson)(PP)
12:27 SYR Colton (13), (Volkov)
14:36 WBS Hayes (11), (Erixon, Haggerty)(PP)

Overtime
1:34 WBS Miletic (8), (Blandisi, Czuczman)

Ross Colton was the game's third star.

The loss, coupled with Rochester's win, sliced down Syracuse's division lead to just one point. Both teams have 16 games remaining on their regular season schedules.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3-8-19 Comets at Crunch

Crunch edge ahead in the Galaxy Cup standings and stay ahead in the North Division standings.

UTI-0
SYR-4

Eddie Pasquale stopped all 25 shots he faced for the shutout victory.

First Period
0:52 SYR Raddysh (15), (Colton)
12:02 SYR Barre-Boulet (28), (Andreoff, Verhaeghe)(PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
12:19 SYR Volkov (13), (Valleau, Dumont)
17:41 SYR Dumont (9), (Valleau)(EN)(SH)

Pasquale, Gabriel Dumont, and Nolan Valleau were the game's three stars.

Syracuse maintains a 2 point lead over Rochester in the North Division, and if my memory serves me correctly, they pull one game ahead of Utica in the annual series against their derby rivals. All in a night's work.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 3-7-19 Wild at Lightning

Wild park the bus to stymie the Lightning.

MIN-3
TB-0

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 29 shots for a rare loss. Can't win without goal support.

First Period
10:50 MIN Zucker (18), (Donato, Suter)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
6:04 MIN Zucker (19), (Donato)
18:14 MIN Zucker (20), (Staal, Fehr)(EN)

It was a very frustrating night for the Lightning, who had the uncomfortable task of trying to deal with a team that has good team speed and chose to use that team speed to completely gum up the neutral zone and sell out completely on the backcheck. They really limited the Lightning's possession and scoring chances that way and, having gotten a couple of greasy goals of their own along the way, ultimately were able to completely sell out for that strategy. Expect to see versions of that deployed against the Lightning in the postseason. Can that work to defeat the Lightning in a seven game series? I don't know. But it's a strategy that less explosive teams can use to at least give themselves a puncher's chance on any given night against Tampa Bay if the bounces go their way.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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