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NHL Game Night: 10-23-19 Penguins at Lightning

Lightning get the payoff for better habits.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 39 shots for the victory including stopping a shot on the line with 0.2 seconds left to seal the win.

First Period
9:46 TB Killorn (1), (Kucherov, Sergachev)

Second Period
5:06 PIT Tanev (2), (unassisted)
19:01 PIT Guentzel (6), (Crosby, Simon)

Third Period
7:07 TB Paquette (1), (McDonagh, Witkowski)
19:03 TB Hedman (2), (Stamkos, Johnson)(PP)

Victor Hedman, Alex Killorn, and Vasilevskiy were the game's three stars.

The Lightning outshot Pittsburgh 48-39 in the contest. The shots against were a little high, but the trend continues toward the Lightning getting back to their bread and butter as a high volume shooting possession team.

It's a critical win for early season playoff pacing. The Lightning now sit on eleven points through nine games. They're one point shy of where they need to be with another game to close the opening segment of the season. A loss tonight and the team would've started the year in the hole.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NCAA Game Night: October 19, 2019

Saturday night NCAA highlights has Sammy Walker with another 1st Star in Minnesota win and Ryan Zuhlsdorf with first point of the season; Magnus Chrona and Denver win again; Max Crozier with a pair of helpers in Providence win over Clarkson; another Minnesota-Duluth loss.

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AHL Game Night: 10-19-19 Checkers at Crunch

Crunch roughed up by one of the beasts of the east.

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Louis Domingue allowed 4 goals on 11 shots for the loss before giving way to Scott Wedgewood who allowed 2 on 18 the rest of the way.

First Period
3:47 CHA Luostarinen (4), (Lorentz)(SH)
9:17 CHA Geekie (4), (Gibbons, Priskie)(PP)
11:27 CHA Priskie (1), (Geekie, Claesson)
18:47 CHA Gibbons (2), (Priskie, Geekie)(PP)

Second Period
9:07 CHA Gauthier (3), (Priskie, Gibbons)
12:10 SYR Mueller (2), (Conacher)

Third Period
2:48 CHA Gibbons (3), (Markison)(SH)
12:51 SYR Barre-Boulet (3), (Yan, Mueller)(PP)
15:03 SYR Yan (2), (Gaunce)
18:48 CHA Gauthier (4), (Kuokkanen, Claesson)(EN)

So endeth an uncharacteristically awful night for the Lightning organization.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 10-19-19 Avalanche at Lightning

Things are never as bad or as good as they seem.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 6 goals on 24 shots.

First Period
3:09 COL Jost (2), (Girard, Wilson)
17:35 TB Gourde (1), (McDonagh, Shattenkirk)

Second Period
3:17 COL Jost (3), (Compher, Wilson)
5:48 COL Landeskog (3), (MacKinnon, Rantanen)
6:06 COL Jost (4), (Compher, Wilson)

Third Period
6:30 COL Kadri (3), (Makar)
11:48 TB Hedman (1), (Shattenkirk, Killorn)
14:27 COL Rantanen (5), (unassisted)

This was a weird game where the Lightning nears doubled up their opponent in SOG by a hefty 46-24 margin. They had their possession game going but they were plagued by poor puck management and poor positioning that resulted in odd man rushes. Those things need to be cleaned up, but it wasn't as bad as the score indicates because the team did do a fair number of positive things in the game. This is kind of a stock correction for some wins early in the season where the team probably didn't deserve two points.

Carter Verhaeghe was -2 with 3 shots in 8:51. He was also 89% on 9 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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