Lightning Round: Tampa Bay and Syracuse with two big wins on Saturday night
Syracuse Crunch can clinch their playoff berth tonight
Yesterday, the Tampa Bay Lightning finished their five-game homestand with a 6-2 victory against the Nashville Predators. The Bolts have now outscored their opponents 14-3 in the last two games and improved their record over the last five games to 4-1-0. The Lightning are still third in the Atlantic division with a three-point lead over the Boston Bruins and five-point deficit behind the Toronto Maple Leafs (with one game in hand) [Raw Charge]
After Thursday evening’s rout of the Maple Leafs, the Lightning maintained that momentum against a physically imposing Predators team battling for their playoff lives. Tampa Bay did just that as they outmuscled, outplayed, and out-skilled their opponent throughout the game. Importantly, Tampa Bay won this game without inflicting the baffling mistakes that have plagued them for the better part of the past month and a half.
Some Lightning’s players reached new career milestones during the last night too. Brayden Point, after sitting out against the Leafs on Thursday, recorded his 200th career assist with a helper on Nikita Kucherov’s power play goal.
200 🍎s for Pointer!!— x - Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) April 24, 2022
Congrats, Brayden. 👏 pic.twitter.com/TRapE2XCBS
With another assist last night, Victor Hedman set a new career high for the most assists in a single regular season with 57. He also joined former Lightning player Dan Boyle as the only defensemen in franchise history to score 20 goals in a season.
Victor Hedman hits 20 goals on the season for the first time in his career! ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/tjXA9M33ti— NHL (@NHL) April 23, 2022
Steven Stamkos has been very hot over the past five games. With four games left in regular season, Stamkos is five points away from setting a new career high in a single regular season.
Steven Stamkos of the @TBLightning has 3-10—13 in five games since April 14, which trails only Kevin Fiala (6-11—17 in 6 GP) for the most points among all players over that span.#NHLStats: https://t.co/kJecWAzrk3 pic.twitter.com/JHI1XEodxF— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 24, 2022
In the meantime the Syracuse Crunch defeated the Laval Rocket 5-1 yesterday at the Upstate Medical University Arena in Syracuse. Max Lagace posted fifth consecutive win with 19 saves in this game.
What. A. Night.— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) April 24, 2022
📝: https://t.co/WkdjOox0Kq pic.twitter.com/mqnysZcwt8
After winning all three games during their homestand, the Crunch have extended their home winning streak to 10 games.
🗣 10 GAME HOME WINNING STREAK pic.twitter.com/dj6laM0ZOZ— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) April 24, 2022
The Crunch could also clinch a playoff berth tonight, if they will earn at least one point against the Hershey Bears or if the Rochester Americans will lost in any kind.
Another busy night in the NHL.
Saturday’s slate concluded with the @StLouisBlues fending off a three-goal comeback attempt by Arizona to improve to 13-0-2 in their last 15 games, extending the longest point streak in franchise history.#NHLStats: https://t.co/kJecWAzrk3 pic.twitter.com/yM0VKpJtkw— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 24, 2022
After beating the Leafs in overtime, the Panthers set a new record with 13 consecutive wins. The Bolts will face them tonight in Sunrise.
Add it to the franchise record list ☑️#TimeToHunt pic.twitter.com/uIL3Wzb2GB— z - Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) April 24, 2022
The Nashville Predators’ Roman Josi became the first defenseman to score 90 points in a regular season since Ray Bourque in 1993-94.
That's 90 points for Roman Josi‼️— NHL (@NHL) April 24, 2022
He becomes the first defenseman to reach the 90-point plateau since Ray Bourque in the 1993-94 season! pic.twitter.com/9kWn07y6Rr
Former Lightning prospect Bokondji Imama scored his first NHL goal in his second career game in the league.
FIRST @NHL GOAL FOR @bokojr 🚨 pic.twitter.com/35xTo0JB24— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) April 24, 2022