Weekly Recap: Bolts Snag 3 Playoff-Preparing Wins.

 

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Multi-Goal Games by Johnson, Paquette help Bolts crumble Maple Leafs.

TORONTO (TTSM) The Tampa Bay Lightning kicked off a quick two-game road trip Toronto on Monday Night.

Impressive performances by Lightning forwards Tyler Johnson and Cedric Paquette (each recorded two goals) helped the Lightning dominate the Atlantic-Division rival Toronto Maple Leafs by a score of 6-2.

It’s been this kind of season for the Bolts however, as the bounces and great team-play continue to come night-in and night-out for Head Coach Jon Cooper and his troops. The other two goals came from forwards Ondrej Palat and Anthony Cirelli and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy made 26 saves to record his 12th win over his last 15 starts. This dominate performance was the first jewel in the trifecta the Bolts put together this week as it showed it could beat one of the top tier team’s in the league pretty easily. Tampa Bay earned their league’s-best 111th point while the Maple Leafs would fall to 42-22-5.

Stamkos ties Lecavalier’s franchise-mark, as Bolts rally to comeback on blundering Red Wings.

DETROIT (TTSM) Thursday was a milestone night for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Captain Steven Stamkos. Tampa Bay was able to erase a 3-0 deficit by scoring 5 unanswered goals before winning the contest by a score of 5-4.

Steven Stamkos cut into the 3-0 deficit by scoring a goal at the 12:57 mark in the 2nd period to make it 3-1 Detroit. However, this goal was a special one for the long-time Lightning Captain as he tied Bolts-legend Vincent Lecavalier’s franchise-leading goal mark at 383.

However, it was the Nikita Kucherov show for the remainder of the game. The league-leading point-scorer recorded 4 more points Thursday Night (2 goals and 2 assists) to increase his total to 115 points on the season, the first player to do so since Sidney Crosby back in the 2006-07 season. He tied the game at 3 with first goal and put the game on ice with second goal to make the goal 5-3 in favor of the Lightning. Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy saved 23 of the 27 shots he faced to improve his record to 33-8-4, while the Red Wings would drop their 4th consecutive game falling to 24-37-10. This second piece to the Bolts trifecta showed how this Bolts team doesn’t have any quit, they could have easily given up the game didn’t matter, the Lightning has already clinched a playoff berth, however this team wants to win, and wouldn’t be denied and foreshadowed the desire they hope to carry into the playoffs.

Killorn record first hat-trick, Bolts out-physical Capitals, win 6-3.

TAMPA, Fla (TTSM) The Tampa Bay Lightning finally got revenge on their rivals the Washington Capitals after last-season’s Eastern Conference Final, and are more worried about winning championships than collecting milestones along the way.

Alex Killorn had the game of his career on Saturday night, recording 3 goals: his first career hat-trick, and proved to be the difference in a 3 goal win for the Bolts. This was the first of 3 meetings still to play in the regular-season and the first time the teams met since last spring. All of this was obvious to both teams, and both of them came ready to play. Physical play was the main focus of this game as the bad-blood shared between the two rivals flowed rapidly. However, the noticeably smaller in size Lightning roster out-played the Washington Capitals both skillfully and physically and that showed on the scoreboard. Tampa Bay grabbed and early 2-0 lead from goals by forwards Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn and then surrendered a goal to Washington from defense man John Carlson, right before regaining a two-goal lead after Killorn netted his second of the game late in the opening period. Alex Ovechkin scored the only goal in the second to cut the lead to 3-2 heading into the final frame. Lightning rookie Eric Cernak scored his 4th goal of the season to make the lead 4-2 before Ovechkin netted his second to keep the Capitals in the game late 4-3. However, the Lightning’s physical play and late goal-tending by Andrei Vasilevskiy helped the Bolts get two empty-net goals late in the game to pull away for a 6-3 victory in the end. If the Lightning can continue this style of play and sustain it in the playoffs, it is going to be very very hard to beat these guys come playoff-time.

On breaking records and being aware of it: “It’s great, to be honest, breaking those records, but it really doesn’t mean much. We really want to just keep improving so we can put ourselves in the best spot in the playoffs.”#WSHvsTBL | Alex Killorn: pic.twitter.com/J57MC2FTXG— x – Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) March 17, 2019

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