Lightning Grind Out 3-2 Win Over The Golden Knights

Bolts Continue Road Success With Win In Vegas

Tyler Johnson, Brayden Point, and J.T. Miller each scored and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 29 saves as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2.

The victory extends the Lightning’s point streak to seven straight games (6-0-1) and they improve to 7-1-1 to open the season. According to NHLPR (Twitter) it equals the best nine game start in franchise history (2203-2004 & 2017-2018).  The Lightning have won three straight games and are 3-0-1 on through the first four games of their five game road trip.

Shea Theodore and William Karlsson scored for the Golden Knights who fall to 4-5-1 on the season. The loss is their first to Tampa Bay after going 2-0-0 against them last season.

Victor Hedman left the game early in the second period after being hit into the boards by Vegas’ Ryan Reaves. Coach Jon Cooper did not know how serious the injury is to Hedman but did say there was a good chance that he wasn’t playing tomorrow (Saturday) against Arizona.

“You never know how much you miss a guy until you don’t have him,” Cooper said. “He’s a huge part of our team but I don’t think this is going to be anything long term.”

Without Hedman, the Bolts leaned heavily on Ryan McDonagh (27:00 minutes) and Anton Stralman (25:05 minutes) to protect the lead.

“You’ve got to be smart there, manage your shifts. The D corps, you know you’re going to have to do it together with different partners too going out there with different guys.” McDonagh said. “You need all five guys out there to manage the puck really well so you don’t get caught in a long shift and kind of blow your energy for the period.”

Lightning Notes:

  • Tyler Johnson scored his first goal of the season to open the scoring. The Bolts improve to 4-2-1 when scoring first.
  • Brayden Point scored his sixth goal of the season to push the Bolts lead to 2-1. Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov each tallied an assist.
  • Kucherov’s assist extended his point streak to seven games (3-6–9), the longest on the Lightning this season.
  • J.T. Miller scored his third goal of the season.  All three of his goals this season have been scored on the power play. Alex Killorn and Mikhail Sergachev each picked up an assist.
  • Ondrej Palat was unable to finish the game. His status for Saturday’s tilt in Arizona is unknown.
  • The Lightning registered just one shot in the third period, a season low for shots in a period this season.

Up Next For Lightning:

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Tampa Bay will head to Arizona to take on the Coyotes Saturday night at 9:00.  Louis Domingue will get the start in net for the Bolts. Domingue opened the 2017-2018 season with Arizona but was released after starting the season 0-6 with a 4.33 goals against average.