Lightning Extend Win Streak To Four, Defeat Maple Leafs In Shootout

Lightning Cap Busy Day With Character Win

Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs
AP Photo: Chris O’Meara

Brayden Point scored the only goal in the shootout and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all three shots he faced as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3.

Chris Kunitz,Tyler Johnson, Adam Erne scored in regulation and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves as the Bolts improve to 43-17-3.

“That was probably one of our most complete games in awhile.” Ryan Callahan said. “I really liked our effort tonight. We didn’t spend too much time in the defensive zone. Something we’ve really been concentrating on. Our shot total was up there. We gave one up on our PK, but I thought our PK was pretty good too. Overall, it’s a really good game against a team that’s right there chasing us.”

James van Riemsdyk, Mitch Marner, Tyler Bozak scored for the Maple Leafs and Frederik Andersen made 39 saves as the Maple Leafs gained a point to improve to 39-20-6.

Trades, Injury Scares, Home Cooking:

It was a emotional day for the Lighting. Prior to the game, the Bolts acquired defenseman Ryan McDonagh and forward J.T. Miller from the New York Rangers in exchange for Lightning forwards Vladislav Namestnikov and Brett Howden, defenseman Libor Hajek, a 2018 first-round draft pick and a conditional 2018 second-round draft pick.

During the game Tampa Bay lost Nikita Kucherov to an upper body injury in the first period. He did not return but is considered day-to-day.  Late in the third period, Tyler Johnson got his leg pinned in the corner and had to be helped off the ice and to the lockeroom.  Luckily, Johnson was able to return and take a shift in overtime.

Finally, a back and forth game ends with the Lightning picking up two points in a shootout win over a division rival.

The Lightning will now have a dose of home cooking. An opportunity to get some practice in with their new teammates. Not to mention, a chance to work on the penalty kill.  Including tonight, the Bolt play three of their next four at home and ten of their next 11 at home.

After a day off Tuesday, the Lightning will return to the ice Wednesday night at 7:30 against the Buffalo Sabres.

Lightning Notes:

  • Chris Kunitz opened the scoring for the Lightning less than two-minutes into the contest. It was his 11th goal of the season.
  • Steven Stamkos and Andre Sustr each picked up an assist on Kunitz’s goal.
  • Milestone: Stamkos’ assist on Kunitz’s goal was his 47th of the season, a new personal single season mark. His previous high (46) was set in in the 2010-11 season.
  • Tyler Johnson tied the game at 2-2 in the second period scoring his 18th goal.
  • Yanni Gourde picked up his 26th assist on the season on Johnson’s goal.
  • Adam Erne scored his third goal of the season putting the Bolts ahead 3-2 with just under 5:00 to go in the second period.
  • Brayden Point scored the shootout winner. He scored the shootout winner in the last two games and had the game winning goal in the two wins on the front of the current four game win streak.


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