Lightning Sweep Four Game Homestand
Brayden Point scored just 36-seconds into overtime giving the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Yanni Gourde, Mikhail Sergachev, and Nikita Kucherov also scored and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 17 saves in the win.
The win improves the Lightning to 21-6-2 on the season and 13-2-1 at home. They continue to pace the NHL for wins (21), points (44), ROW (20) and points percentage (.759).
Dating back to last season they are 17-2-2 in their last 21 games at home. The victory also gives the Bolts their first sweep of a home stand of four or more games since January 15 through 21, 2016. They improve to 4-1-0 over their last four game against the Jets.
Andrew Copp, Kyle Connor, and Nikolaj Ehlers scored for Winnipeg who fall to 17-8-5 on the year. The loss was their third in a row, a season high, with all losses coming on their just concluded three game road trip against the Red Wings, Panthers, and Lightning. Since the franchise relocated to Winnipeg, the Jets are 9-10 against the Lightning, including eight overtime games with two ending in shootouts.
Point’s Game Winner:
There was a lot of confidence that the game was over when Brayden Point broke away with the puck. “Once he was able to get the puck, it was a little nerve wracking how he was able to beat the guy like that, but he’s skilled enough where he does and he’s obviously putting it in. Tyler Johnson said. “When he got that break away I think everyone was already over the boards before it even crossed the line.”
“He’s been an instrumental player in where we are in the standings all year long. Naturally, you’ve got Stammer and Kuch and Vladdy who have done a phenomenal job for us and seem to get points every single night, which obviously we can’t win without.” Coach Jon Cooper said about Point after the game. “There are a lot of nights where Pointer is up against their top line or one of the top lines every night and he’s done a really good job on the penalty kill for us. You’re just always glad when guys who work that hard get rewarded and he deserved that.”
- Yanni Gourde scored a power play goal to tie the score at 1-1. It was his ninth goal of the season.
- Gourde’s goal marks the ninth straight game the Lightning have scored a power play goal. They are one game away from tying the franchise high (10) set from November 27 through December 22, 2005.
- Brayden Point and Tyler Johnson picked up assists on Gourde’s goal. It was Point’s 14th helper and Johnson’s 11th.
- Mikhail Sergachev picked up his seventh goal of the season (7-13–20) to give the Lightning 2-1 lead.
According to StatsCentre (Twitter), Sergachev’s 20 points in his first 33 career games is tied for the 3rd most by a teenage defencemen in the last 30 seasons. The only teenage rookie defenceman with more point in their teams first 29 games of the season were Bryan Berad (21 in 1996-97) of the New York Islanders and Zack Werenski (21 in 2016-17) of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
In the last 30 seasons (Twitter), the only teenage rookie defenceman with more points in their team’s first 29 games of a season: NYI’s Bryan Berard (21 in 1996-97) & CBJ’s Zack Werenski (21 in 2016-17).
- Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat each picked up assists. It was Johnson’s and Palat’s 12th assist on the year.
- For Johnson, it was his 59th career multi-point game (including playoffs).
- Nikita Kucherov tied the game at three with his 20th goal of the season. It marks his fifth consecutive 20 goal season.
- Kucherov’s goal was his 128th career goal. The goal moves him past Vinny Prospal for sole possession of sixth placeon the Bolts all-time scoring list.
- Jake Dotchin and Steven Stamkos picked up assists on Kucherov’s goal. It was Dotchin’s third assist and Stamkos’ 30th.
- Stamkos has recorded 15 points (9-6–15) over his last 13 games versus the Jets.
Mikhail Sergachev’s 2-1 goal for the @ gives him 20 points in his first 33 career games- tied for the 3rd most by a teenage defencemen in the last 30 seasons
Paquette’s Goal Overturned By Replay:
Cedric Pquaette appeared to score a second period goal to put the Lightning up 2-1. The goal was overturned on a coaches challenge on goalie interference.
Ruled no goal after review pic.twitter.com/3OcinhUarq
— Jeremy Houghtaling (@JGHoughtaling) December 10, 2017
Lightning Injury Notes:
Up Next For Bolts:
The Lightning embark on a four game seven day road trip. The trip begins Tuesday night in St. Louis against the Blues. They will also take on the Arizona Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche, and Vegas Golden Nights.