Lightning Power Play Scores Four Times In Victory
The Tampa Bay Lightning scored four power play goals overcoming a two goal deficit in defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3.
Brayden Point‘s scored three power play goals in the span of 91-seconds spanning the end of the first period and opening of the second and Yanni Gourde added the eventual power play goal in the second period.
Louis Domingue stopped 28-of-31 shots in the win. It was his first back-to-back starts since joining the Lightning a year ago.
The win ends the Bolts two game losing streak and they improve to 13-5-1 (27-points) on the season. It also brings to an end a three game regular season losing streak in Pittsburgh in which the Bolts were outscored 16-6.
Patric Hornqvist scored a pair of goals and Phil Kessel added one for the Penguins who fall to 7-7-3 on the season. The Penguins took seven minor penalties and all four Bolts goals game on the man advantage.
- Brayden Point notched his first career hat trick, scoring all three goals on power play’s in the span of 91-seconds between the end of the first period and opening of the second.
- It is the 6th fastest hat trick in NHL History and fastest since Derek King‘s 1:18 on October 15, 1991.
- Point scored the Lightning’s first goal with just 2.7 seconds to go on the first period. Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov picked up assists.
- He opened the scoring in the second period notching another power play goal and knotting the game up at 2-2. Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov picked up assists.
- He added his third goal of the game, another power play goal, to put the Lightning up 3-2. J.T. Miller and Nikita Kucherov each had assists.
- Nikita Kucherov had his ninth career (regular season) three assist game. He now has 201 career NHL assists.
- Yanni Gourde gave the Lightning a 4-3 lead with Tampa Bay’s fourth power play goal of the game. Mikhail Sergachev and Alex Killorn picked up assists.
- Killorn’s assist extends his assist streak to a career best four games. He has recored five assists over his last four games.
Vasilevskiy Out Of Action:
The Tampa Bay Lightning have lost goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy to a foot injury suffered at practice on Wednesday. The extend of the injury is unknown and Coach Jon Cooper has said that he’ll be out indefinitely. To take his place on the roster Tampa Bay has summoned goalie Eddie Pasquale from Syracuse of the American Hockey League.
While Vasilevskiy is out the Lightning will turn to Louis Domingue to take the brunt of the load. “Every team needs capable backups, and we feel we have one,” Cooper told Diane Nearhos of the Tampa Bay Times. “He’s been a starter in this league before, and he’s done nothing but impress ever since he’s been here. We’re gonna need him now, obviously, and we’ll see how it goes.”
Up Next For Lightning:
The Lightning will remain in the state of Pennsylvania to take on the Flyers in Philadelphia Saturday at 1:00 pm.