After a deserved loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night, the Tampa Bay Lightning bounced back and took a win against the Detroit Red Wings last night. Three power play goals and Brian Elliott’s performance, who has now recorded a victory in three consecutive starts, led the Bolts to the win [Raw Charge]
It’s going to be a long two months for the Tampa Bay Lightning down the stretch. Six back-to-back games highlight a slog to the end that will test the depth of the team. They survived the first test Friday night as they fought off a willing challenger in the Detroit Red Wings, 3-1. Brian Elliott made a rare start and stopped 22 of 23 shots. Mikhail Sergachev scored the game-winner in the third period while Brayden Point and Steven Stamkos also added power play goals.
The Lightning have also improved their record of the most games without losing back-to-back in regulation by a reigning Stanley Cup champion. The count is now at 54 games.
The Lightning have played 52 games this season without losing back-to-back games in regulation— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 2, 2022
That’s the most games into a season without a losing streak by a reigning Stanley Cup champion in NHL history pic.twitter.com/XFPiW1lo6e
Jon Cooper praised the Lightning’s defence in postgame press conference.
"You talk about the offense and all those things about our team but our team is, you know, they’re built on D and the guys we have back there … if they don’t have shots then we’re doing something wrong … that’s a big part of our team."#DETvsTBL— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) March 5, 2022
The third star of the game Brian Elliott talked about staying concentrated and the Lightning’s ability to bounce back in back-to-back games.
In other news, Ondrej Palat played his 600th game in Lightning’s jersey. In 600 regular season games with the Lightning, Palat recorded 408 (140+268) points.
Steven Stamkos’ son Carter has fulfilled his dream of riding a zamboni last night. Corey Perry’s son Griffin joined him on a ride.
We'd like to introduce you to our newest Zam drivers, Carter and Griffin. pic.twitter.com/hxe0n6gUUc— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) March 5, 2022
In a high-scoring game the Syracuse Crunch were defeated 8-5 by the Utica Comets, the two teams will meet again on Saturday night.
The Orlando Solar Bears edged the South Carolina Stingrays on Friday night. The Lightning’s prospect Max Cajkovic scored the decisive goal against South Carolina.
Five games were decided by one goal in the NHL last night.
7 games, 13 tying goals and 5 one-goal finishes.— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 5, 2022
It was a tightly contested Friday night in the NHL, with all games featuring at least one tying goal. #NHLStats: https://t.co/EoUv4ci0e1 pic.twitter.com/CiuntMHZz9
The Chicago Blackhawks have made further changes after naming Kyle Davidson as their new general manager. The Lightning will face Chicago on Sunday.
CHI beginning to make changes under new GM Kyle Davidson. VP of amateur scouting Mark Kelley and Assistant GM Ryan Stewart were let go today. Both were with the organization for 15 years, part of three Stanley Cups.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) March 4, 2022