After beating the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday in the opening game of the season, the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated this opponent in their second meeting as well. This time the Blackhawks stayed in the game longer and even attempted a comeback but still fell to the Lightning, allowing five goals. [Raw Charge]
While Chicago looked better than they did in the first game, when the Lightning put pressure on them in the offensive zone, they couldn’t handle it. Still, Andrei Vasilevskiy had to be sharp, especially in the first period, to keep the Hawks from stealing a point or two. The Big Cat ended up with 35 saves on 37 shots.
As expected, Tyler Johnson and Luke Schenn have returned to the lineup, replacing Alex Volkov and Cal Foote. Johnson celebrated his return with an assist on the second goal by Alex Killorn. Schenn found himself on the third line, playing mostly with Mikhail Sergachev.
Yanni Gourde’s line has kept their performance since last year’s playoffs and was the most effective last night, with two goals. Both Yanni Gourde and Blake Coleman recorded a goal and assist, and Barclay Goodrow added two assists on both goals by his linemates.
After the @TBLightning beat Chicago 5-2 Yanni Gourde talks about the game action, his goal, and his line!— FOX Sports Florida & Sun (@FOXSportsFL) January 16, 2021
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An interesting fact: Blake Coleman scored his first goal at Amalie Arena as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning organization and was deservedly named the second star of the game.
The NHL finally released the updated schedule. The two games against the Dallas Stars, which were initially scheduled for Jan. 17 and Jan. 19, are postponed to May 4 and May 10. Additionally the game against Florida Panthers scheduled for May 4, was moved to March 16. All changed were made due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the Dallas Stars organization.
The @NHL today announced updates to the 2020-21 regular season schedule. The @DallasStars will now open their regular season on Friday, Jan. 22 at home against Nashville.— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 15, 2021
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After clearing waivers, Boo Nieves has been assigned to the Syracuse Crunch. Earlier this week Nieves signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Lightning after taking part in the training camp on a PTO deal.
The Syracuse Crunch recalled several players from the Orlando Solar Bears ahead of the start of training camp.
The Utica Comets have released information about the exhibition game against the Syracuse Crunch on January 30, however the Crunch haven’t confirmed it yet.
The Philadelphia Flyers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in their second game in a row but lost Sean Couturier due to injury. Last year’s Selke Trophy winner will have an MRI on his shoulder this weekend.
Henrik Lundqvist has been finally released from hospital after having heart surgery.