Lightning Hang On, Escape New York With A Victory

Lightning Need Seven To Defeat Islanders

Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders
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The Tampa Bay Lightning nearly blew a 4-goal third period lead holding on to defeat the New York Islanders 7-6.

J.T. Miller scored a pair of goal, Anthony Cirelli, Tyler Johnson, Victor Hedman, Brayden Point, and Mikhail Sergachev each scored as the Lightning improve to 51-19-4 (106-points) on the season.

Ryan Pulock, Anders Lee, and Anthony Beauvillier each scored a pair of goals for the Islanders who fall to 31-33-10 (72-points) on the year.

Tweet of the Night: Congratulations To Coach Cooper

Lightning Notes:

  • Anthony Cirelli scored the games first goal and added an assist giving him eight points (3-5–8) in his first 10 NHL games.
  • Braydon Coburn picked up an assist on Cirelli’s goal and later added an assist on J.T. Miller‘s first goal. It marks his first multi-point game since November 22, 2014 against the Columbus Blue Jackets while he was a member of the Philadelphia Flyers.
  • Tyler Johnson notched his 21st goal of the season. He is now one point shy (21-28–49) of a 50-point season. It would be his third 50-point season and first since the 2014-2015 season (72).
  • Mikhail Sergachev had a goal and an assist. It was his ninth goal of the season and ends a 39-game scoreless streak. It’s his seventh multi-point game this season and first since March 8th against the New York Rangers.
  • Victor Hedman picked up his 14th goal of the season. He’s just two goals shy of his career high (16) set last season. He also added an assist giving him 13 multi-point game this season.
  • Brayden Point picked up a goal and a pair of assists.  It was his 14th multi-point game of the season and third game with three points.
  • Milestone: With his 3-point night, Brayden Point passes 100 career points in the NHL (101)
  • J.T. Miller scored a pair of goals giving giving him 12 points (7-5–12) in 11 games with the Bolts. Overall, he now has 20-goals on the season.
  • Tampa Bay struggled on the penalty kill allowing three goals in five attempts.
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