Tampa Bay Lightning

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

Lightning drop a playoff-style test against a proven winner.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 33 shots for the loss.

First Period
16:36 TB Cirelli (3), (Killorn, Hedman)(PP)

Second Period
17:24 STL Perron (9), (Parayko, O'Reilly)(SH)

Third Period
6:16 STL Sundqvist (4), (Thomas)(SH)
19:55 STL Schwartz (5), (Schenn)(SH)(EN)

Could beat a dead horse about giving up SH goals, but the Lightning only managed 18 SOG, so you don't deserve to win when you get shut down to that degree.

The Lightning have to win their next two games to stay on playoff pace through the second ten game segment of the season. Big test of whether they'll right the ship and stay on pace or dig a little hole.

Carter Verhaeghe was +1 with 1 hit in 6:22.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Day: 11-16-19 Jets at Lightning

Lightning drop one against the run of play.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 26 shots for the loss. I'm gonna be honest: as much as I love Andrei, when are we going to see him round into form? How many games this season has he been below .900 in save percentage? He's sitting on a .901 save percentage so far this season, and it's below his standards. It's not unreasonable for the Lightning to expect better than replacement level netminding from him.

First Period
1:59 WPG Perreault (5), (Morrissey, Poolman)
19:11 TB Hedman (4), (Stamkos)

Second Period
7:18 WPG Roslovic (4), (Copp, Wheeler)
7:39 WPG Ehlers (9), (Connor, Morrissey)(PP)

Third Period
17:44 TB Stamkos (7), (Hedman, Cirelli)
18:32 WPG Connor (7), (Wheeler, Sbisa)(EN)
19:38 TB Cirelli (2), (Killorn, Kucherov)

Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman were the game's second and third stars, with Stamkos notching his 400th career NHL goal in the loss.

The possession stats in the game were pretty good. That effort probably wins on more nights than not.

Carter Verhaeghe was -1 with 2 shots in 9:08.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-14-19 Rangers at Lightning

Lightning sneaked their swag back through customs from Sweden.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 23 shots for the win. Immerse yourself in goal support, big cat.

First Period
2:39 TB Schenn (1), (Kucherov, Point)
5:41 TB Killorn (4), (Kucherov, Stamkos)(PP)
6:20 TB Kucherov (6), (Hedman, Killorn)(PP)
6:42 TB Palat (6), (McDonagh)
14:27 NYR Kreider (5), (Panarin, Lindgren)

Second Period
7:07 TB Stamkos (6), (Hedman, Kucherov)(PP)
10:19 TB Maroon (4), (Shattenkirk, Gourde)
14:17 TB Shattenkirk (5), (Gourde, Paquette)
19:01 TB Killorn (5), (Stamkos, Hedman)(PP)

Third Period
2:22 NYR Chytil (5), (Hajek, Panarin)(SH)
12:24 TB Gourde (5), (Johnson, Sergachev)(PP)
15:28 NYR Chytil (6), (Buchenevich)

Nikita Kucherov, Alex Killorn, and Kevin Shattenkirk were the game's three stars.

Would the momentum from the Lightning's sweep of the two game set in Stockholm carry over once they returned to North American shores? Considering they just took a team's will to live in under seven minutes, I'm gonna give that one a big old thumbs up. The Lightning not only potted nine goals, but they dominated possession and outshot the Rangers 45-23.

With the winning streak, the Lightning have played themselves into excellent shape in this second ten game segment of the year, now needing just four points in the remaining four games to stay on comfortable playoff pace. Were I a betting man, I'd probably wager the Lightning are going to bank some insurance points the way the team is playing now.

Carter Verhaeghe had 1 shot and 1 hit in 11:20.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Day: 11-9-19 Sabres at Lightning (In Sweden)

Lightning sweep Global Series set.

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Curtis McElhinney allowed 3 goals on 43 shots for the victory.

First Period
9:30 BUF Reinhart (8), (Johansson, Montour)
17:02 TB Maroon (2), (Gourde, Shattenkirk)(PP)

Second Period
1:58 TB Hedman (3), (Stamkos, Kucherov)(PP)
19:57 TB Maroon (3), (Paquette, Shattenkirk)

Third Period
4:14 BUF Olofsson (7), (Eichel, Reinhart)
9:48 TB Gourde (4), (Paquette)
10:55 TB Joseph (4), (Killorn, Cirelli)
19:22 BUF Eichel (8), (Ristolainen, Dahlin)

Patrick Maroon and Yanni Gourde were the game's first and second stars. Gourde getting on the scoresheet in these Global Series games is an understated deal for the Lightning as the whole team is trying to emerge from a bit of an early season slumber.

We'll see how the team responds once they get back to North America, but it's easy to think this might be a turning point for the Lightning this season. They still need at least six points over their next five games to maintain solid playoff pacing, but it's night and day when you think about where this team was sitting before the Global Series.

Alexander Volkov had 1 shot in 10:17.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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