Sneaking in a quick early morning edit, it was just announced that the Tampa Bay Lightning will be playing against the Buffalo Sabres in November as part of the NHL Global Series. The games will take place in Stockholm, Sweden. Woooo! [Raw Charge]
At the crack of dawn on Thursday, the Tampa Bay Lightning announced that the team has been selected to play in the 2019 NHL Global Series against the Buffalo Sabres. The games will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9, 2019, at the Ericsson Globe.
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals showed off playoff-calibre hockey on Wednesday night. After a nerve-wracking game, the Bolts came out on top 5-4 in overtime. Victor Hedman the hero in the 3v3 contest. [Raw Charge]
The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Washington Capitals 5-4 in a wild overtime game. Andrei Vasilevskiy was unreal making 54 saves breaking the team record for saves in a game that he previously shared with Ben Bishop. Nikita Kucherov scored two goals bringing his point total to 119 and now sits on the verge of reaching another milestone.
With two PPGs in the 2nd period, NHL power-play scoring leader Nikita Kucherov has set a Lightning franchise record for most power-play points in a season (47), passing the old mark of 46 PP pts. set by Brad Richards in 2005-06. #TBLvsWSH #Bolts— Bryan Burns (@BBurnsNHL) March 21, 2019
Also in the win, Andrei Vasilevskiy set the franchise record for saves in a game with 54. Ben Bishop had the previous record at 48.
Andrei Vasilevskiy registered 54 saves to establish a @TBLightning franchise record for the most in a game, a mark previously set by Ben Bishop (48 saves on Jan. 19, 2014) and matched by Vasilevskiy himself earlier this season (Dec. 13). #NHLStats #TBLvsWSH pic.twitter.com/10CVA0igQH— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 21, 2019
But I think you’ll agree with me in thinking that this goal was the main takeaway from last night. Holy mama!
In defense news, Dan Girardi will be out “indefinitely” with a lower body injury. As unfortunate the injury is, Girardi spent the vast majority of his icetime this season with Hedman, and Hedman away from Girardi has been much better this season than when they play together. At the end of the day, I think the main thing we should focus on is how grateful we should be at the emergence of Erik Cernak. Hey! I did two link lead-ins in one paragraph! How would I format this now? Uhh...how about this?
Girardi injury news. [Raw Charge]
For the immediate future, this removes some of the depth that has been so valuable all season. What was once a seven-player rotation on defense now has a clear top six when Stralman returns. Jan Rutta looks to be the clear seventh now and will likely remain in Tampa until Girardi is healthy.
The emergence of Erik Cernak. [Raw Charge]
The Slovak defender came to the Lightning in exchange for Ben Bishop at the 2017 trade deadline. At the time, the trade was underwhelming. Bishop had been nominated for the Vezina Trophy as one of the best goaltenders in the league the previous season and rumors at the 2016 draft suggested he might be able to fetch a first-round pick.
Jon Cooper and his boys want a Stanley Cup.
"Not one person in the room has a #StanleyCup." - Head Coach @CoopersLaw on what's driving the @TBLightning in their historic season and push for the ultimate prize.— NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) March 20, 2019
Watch the full #NHLTonight interview here: https://t.co/ROVwB0XIfD pic.twitter.com/TsFlVo3dDr
The Syracuse Crunch lost 4-2 to the Charlotte Checkers on a milestone night for a trio of Crunchers. It was also not a good night for goaltender Martin Ouellette, who got ran into by a pair of skaters and had to be rushed to the hospital. We will update y’all on his status when it becomes available. [Raw Charge]
The loss of Ouellette, should it be long term, may be the break Connor Ingram needs to get back onto the Crunch’s roster. Whatever the reason for his exile to Orlando, he may now have the chance to contribute to the Crunch’s playoff push once again.
Getting back to those milestones, congratulations to Hubert Labrie, Cory Conacher, and Carter Verhaeghe on their successful pro hockey careers. Not many people get to a fraction of where they are.
The AHL is doing a mascot bracket challenge. Seriously. If you haven’t already filled in your bracket, what’s wrong with you?
The NHL is hiring more officials. They’re looking all over the world for experienced amateur referees, strong athletes with good eyes, men, women, everyone.
The NHL is still accepting applications for its officiating combine in August. More women than ever have applied. The NHL needs athletes from Usport or the NCAA or the pro leagues to step forward. There will be women officiating in the NHL.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) March 20, 2019
“We hope everything is fine,” said Blashill, who was informed of the situation during the second period (quotes via NHL.com). “He’ll spend the night here, go home and see a specialist and make sure everything is good. We want to be extra cautious with it.”
Brad Marchand had a busy night on Twitter a few days ago. He tweeted a lot of stuff, including a racist tweet about brown people being terrorists that he has since taken down. Took him approximately 15 hours to do so, but the brainiac finally figured it out. [NESN]
The Carolina Hurricanes put all their Storm Surges on Youtube. Brilliant move.
Highlight of the Night: Honestly, how couldn’t it be this goal again.