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NHL Game Night: 2-27-20 Blackhawks at Lightning

Another late game collapse extends Lightning losing streak to four games.

CHI-5
TB-2

Curtis McElhinney allowed 4 goals on 26 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
15:31 TB Point (23), (Hedman, Kucherov)

Third Period
0:17 TB Kucherov (31), (Point, Palat)
4:36 CHI Saad (20), (unassisted)
5:02 CHI Kubalik (27), (unassisted)
9:56 CHI Koekkoek (1), (unassisted)
11:43 CHI Kubalik (28), (unassisted)(PP)
17:29 CHI Kubalik (29), (Saad)(EN)

There are no words. This was a weird one, because I don't think I've seen many games turn this ugly so fast completely against the run of play. If this weren't the cherry on top of a pre-existing three game losing streak I'd be calling what happened tonight a fluke combned with just having the take it in the shorts from a hot goalie, which happens periodically. Honestly, have you ever seen four unassisted goals against in the span of less than seven minutes? I can't recall it. But, there were some recurring themes underlying the problems tonight. Specifically, the Lightning again couldn't stay out of the box.

Mitchell Stephens was -2 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 13:28. He was also 20% on 10 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-25-20 Maple Leafs at Lightning

Lightning losing streak hits three as Bolts still figuring out life after deadline moves.

TOR-4
TB-3

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 23 shots for the loss.

First Period
9:46 TB Kucherov (30), (Stamkos, Hedman)
12:48 TOR Muzzin (6), (Spezza, Gauthier)
16:42 TOR Tavares (25), (Barrie, Matthews)(PP)

Second Period
11:54 TB Maroon (8), (Paquette, Shattenkirk)
12:25 TOR Tavares (26), (Nylander)
14:21 TOR Nylander (28), (Marner, Barrie)(PP)

Third Period
7:27 TB Gourde (9), (Shattenkirk, Goodrow)

Kevin Shattenkirk was the game's third star.

Three straight games now where the Lightning were on even terms midway through the contest and lost their bearings and ended up taking the L. And, not coincidentally, three games where the Lightning got burned by the opposition power play and by some bad puck management. There's no doubt in my mind the Lightning are a better team with Coleman and Goodrow added and with Bogosian as depth, but it's going to take time to get the right chemistry and to get settled back into the simple mindset the team rode to a couple of big winning streaks already this season.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-22-20 Lightning at Coyotes

Lightning continue melting in the desert.

TB-3
ARI-7

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 7 goals on 41 shots for the loss. Woof.

First Period
3:53 TB Cirelli (15), (Killorn, Gaunce)
17:36 ARI Garland (21), (Lyubushkin, Ekman-Larsson)
18:46 ARI Keller (14), (Goligoski, Stepan)

Second Period
5:51 ARI Soderberg (15), (Garland, Goligoski)
8:45 TB Palat (15), (Gaunce, Gourde)
10:11 TB Point (22), (Stamkos, Kucherov)
11:04 ARI Richardson (5), (Hall)

Third Period
11:51 ARI Keller (15), (Crouse)
14:28 ARI Garland (22), (Schmaltz, Hall)(PP)
18:46 ARI Stepan (10), (Garland, Keller)

For the second straight game, the Lightning came completely unglued in the second half of a game in the desert. Some of this is a bit of a market correction, probably, and some of this is the team relaxing a bit despite their lip service about their defensive standards.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-20-20 Lightning at Golden Knights

All good things...

TB-3
VGK-5

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 5 goals on 33 shots for the loss. After having one of the all-time win streaks in NHL history he just had a mediocre performance tonight failing to make some situational saves to give his team a better chance.

First Period
7:02 TB Shattenkirk (8), (Killorn, Palat)
18:05 VGK Martinez (2), (Eakin, Roy)

Second Period
6:45 VGK Stastny (17), (Smith, Schmidt)
15:38 TB Stamkos (28), (Hedman, Cirelli)(PP)
16:39 VGK Stone (21), (Pacioretty, Martinez)

Third Period
0:10 VGK Reaves (7), (unassisted)
0:47 VGK Pacioretty (28), (Stone, Theodore)(PP)
18:00 TB Stamkos (29), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)

It was a lamentable final half of this game, quite frankly, where the Lightning shot themselves in the foot with turnovers and penalty trouble and lost control of a game they were playing well in. Credit to Fleury for holding Vegas into this one in the First Period, and then once they got the Martinez goal late in the First Period they started to grow into it and nullified the Lightning's even strength play. And then the penalty trouble comes in and a really bad shift by Braydon Coburn to start the Third Period and... woof. If there was a silver lining it's the Lightning power play getting of the schnide with a pair of Stamkos markers. It wasn't going to stay in the gutter forever, so hopefully the long term affect of this game is that it was a speed bump for the team's even strength play (especially sans Point), but a jump start for what was ailing the PP.

Mitchell Stephens was -1 in 13:38 and 31% on 16 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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