Great teams can overcome major losses. In the 2020 playoffs, the Tampa Bay Lightning captured the Stanley Cup despite missing Steven Stamkos for almost all of that postseason run. This season they’ve been haven’t had elite forward Nikita Kucherov for even a single minute. In spite of that the Lightning won again on Thursday to extend their point streak to nine games.
The Lightning was down 3-2 to the Red Wings going into the third period Tuesday night. Erik Cernak tied the contest for them halfway through the third frame and then Blake Coleman scored the overtime winner to boost Tampa Bay’s record to an incredible 18-4-2.
The Central Division has three major contenders for the top spot in Tampa Bay, Carolina, and Florida, but so far the Lightning have the edge in that battle. It wouldn’t be surprising if Tampa Bay was able to maintain that lead and enter the playoffs with the top seed. From there: Who knows. Kucherov isn’t expected to join before the end of the regular season, but the Lightning might get him back for their playoff run. If Tampa Bay could win the Cup largely without Stamkos last year and if they can cruise to the playoffs in 2020-21 without Kucherov, imagine what this team will do once both of them are healthy at the same time.
There will be two games on NBCSN tomorrow night and you can watch both of them online. First the Minnesota Wild will play host to the Vegas Golden Knights at 7:00pm ET. The stream for that game starts at 6:00pm ET and you can click here to catch the steam of that game. Then starting at 9:30pm ET, the Anaheim Ducks will host the Los Angeles Kings. The second contest of the doubleheader is available here.
PITTSBURGH 4 NY RANGERS 2
Sidney Crosby scored a goal and registered an assist for the Penguins. He’s up to nine goals and 24 points in 24 contests.
Kasperi Kapanen netted the game-winning goal. It was his seventh goal and 17th point in 22 games.
Tristan Jarry stopped 33 of 35 Rangers shots. He improved to 10-7-1 with a 3.05 GAA and .900 save percentage in 18 starts.
At the other end of the ice, Keith Kinkaid saved 23 of 26 shots. This was his first start of the 2020-21 campaign.
Jack Johnson found the back of the net in the first period. The Rangers defenseman has a goal and point in 13 games.
NY ISLANDERS 2 BOSTON 1 (SO)
David Pastrnak scored a power-play goal at 19:32 of the first period. It was the Bruins forward’s 11th goal and 21st point in 16 games.
Brock Nelson netted a power-play goal of his own in the second frame to tie the game at 1-1. He has 10 goals and 15 points in 26 games.
Although Anthony Beauvillier had no goals on five shots in regulation time, Anthony Beauvillier did chip in the shootout winner. He has two goals and six points in 17 contests.
Semyon Varlamov stopped 32 of 33 shots in regulation. He surrendered a goal in three shootout rounds, but that was good enough to get the win.
Jaroslav Halak kicked out 26 of 27 shots before the shootout. He was beaten twice in three shootout rounds, which cost the Bruins the extra point.
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PHILADELPHIA 5 BUFFALO 4 (SO)
Jonas Johansson stopped 29 of 33 shots prior to the skills competition. He allowed two goals in as many shootout rounds to extend the Sabres’ winless streak to eight games.
Carter Hart stopped just five of eight shots in the first period and consequently wasn’t sent out for the second. Instead, Brian Elliott entered the contest. He saved 11 of 12 shots the rest of the way and then was perfect in two shootout rounds to complete the win.
James van Riemsdyk found the back of the net for the Flyers. He has 11 goals and 27 points in 23 contests this season.
Claude Giroux also contributed a goal for Philadelphia. He’s up to four goals and 18 points in 21 games.
Sabres forward Sam Reinhart netted a pair of goals in the first period. That gives him 11 goals and 19 points in 22 contests.
WASHINGTON 5 NEW JERSEY 4 (OT)
Jakub Vrana scored two goals, including the overtime winner. He has 10 goals and 18 points in 24 games.
Daniel Sprong found the back of the net for the Capitals. That gives him four goals and five points in 14 contests.
Vitek Vanecek stopped 27 of 31 shots last night. Washington actually had a 4-1 lead going into the third period, but Vanecek faced a staggering 16 shots in that frame and allowed three goals over the barrage. He didn’t have to make a save in overtime before Vrana ended the Devils’ comeback attempt with his goal.
Three of New Jersey’s four goals were assisted on by Travis Zajac. He has two goals and seven points in 18 games.
Scott Wedgewood turned aside 25 of 30 Capitals shots. Most of the damage came in the second period when he surrendered three goals on 13 shots.
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CAROLINA 3 NASHVILLE 2 (OT)
Ryan Johansen scored a goal for the Predators. He’s up to two goals and eight points in 18 contests.
Pekka Rinne saved 32 of 35 Hurricanes shots. Two of the three goals he allowed were scored on Carolina power plays.
At the other end of the ice, Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 21 of 23 shots. He’s won three straight starts, improving his record to 5-2-1.
Jordan Staal scored two goals, including the overtime winner. That gives him 10 goals and 22 points in 23 games.
Sebastian Aho netted Carolina’s other goal and registered an assist. He has 10 goals and 24 points in 25 contests.
FLORIDA 4 COLUMBUS 2
Owen Tippett scored the game-winning goal. He has two goals and four points in 16 games.
Patric Hornqvist also found the back of the net for Florida. He’s up to 10 goals and 21 points in 25 contests.
Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 38 of 40 Hurricanes shots. He has a 9-2-2 record, 2.94 GAA, and .905 save percentage in 13 starts.
One of Columbus’ two goals was scored by Michael Del Zotto. That gives him two goals and seven points in 26 games.
Joonas Korpisalo saved 29 of 32 shots on Tuesday. He’s 7-9-4 with a 3.15 GAA and .895 save percentage in 21 contests.
WINNIPEG 4 TORONTO 3
Mason Appleton accounted for the game-winning goal. It was his seventh goal and 13th point in 25 games.
Neal Pionk assisted on three of the Jets’ four markers. That gives him three goals and 21 points in 25 contests.
Auston Matthews netted two goals for the Maple Leafs. He already has 20 goals and 33 points in 24 games.
Frederik Andersen stopped 19 of 23 Jets shots. He has a 12-5-2 record, 2.76 GAA, and .903 save percentage in 19 starts.
At the other end of the ice, Connor Hellebuyck saved 36 of 39 shots. He was beaten twice on eight shots in the first period and the Jets were down 2-1 after 20 minutes as a result. However, he managed to save all 18 Leafs shots in the second period to allow Winnipeg to pull ahead.
TAMPA BAY 4 DETROIT 3 (OT)
Blake Coleman netted the overtime winner and registered an assist. He has five goals and 11 points in 23 games.
Erik Cernak also scored a goal and registered an assist for the Lightning. That gives him a goal and seven points in 21 contests.
Red Wings forward Patrik Nemeth scored a goal. It was his second goal and fourth point in 26 games.
Thomas Greiss stopped 25 of 29 Lightning shots. He has a 1-11-4 record, 3.41 GAA, and .883 save percentage in 17 games.
Andrei Vasilevskiy turned aside 20 of 23 shots last night. He’s 16-3-1 with a 1.79 GAA and .936 save percentage in 20 starts.
DALLAS 6 CHICAGO 1
Jason Robertson contributed four assists for the Stars. He has four goals and 13 points in 16 games.
Despite being a game-time decision, Roope Hintz scored a goal and registered an assist. The Dallas forward has six goals and 14 points in 15 contests.
Anton Khudobin stopped 21 of 22 Blackhawks shots. That snapped his three-game losing streak and brought his record up to 5-7-1.
At the other end of the ice, Malcolm Subban saved 31 of 37 shots. He surrendered two goals on 13 shots in the first period and then was beaten another three times over 17 shots in the second frame.
Chicago’s only goal was scored by Mattias Janmark. He has nine goals and 15 points in 27 games this season.
Published: 2021-03-10 06:41:14
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