Lightning Round: Alex Killorn scores his 20th goal and other milestones from the last game

There will be no games until January 27.

The Tampa Bay Lightning had a fun night last night, scoring seven goals into the Winnipeg Jets net. Our recap is already available, and the more detailed article about the game is coming a little bit later. While recaps are more focused on advanced stats and analytics, let’s just revisit some milestones from a very eventful game.

Anthony Cirelli was named the first star of the game after scoring his first career hat-trick. We’ve already written a lot of articles about him, praising his solid well-rounded game and rightfully so. Cirelli is still not very recognizable around the league, but the hype about him is starting to grow and probably this hat-trick could help. He became the sixth youngest player in the Tampa Bay Lightning organization to score a hat-trick.

We’ve been waiting for it too long and it finally happened. After spending seven years in the NHL, Alex Killorn reaches the 20-goal mark in his 46th game of the season. He was very close to hitting this point in 2017, but finished the season with 19 goals. With 34 games left in this season, Killorn is on pace for 35 goals which is even more impressive. His 20th goal of the season was also his 300th career point.

Andrei Vasilevskiy tied his career high for most consecutive wins and is one win away from tying the franchise record, which was set by Louis Domingue one year ago. He’s also just the fourth goalie in the NHL history to post such a record in two consecutive seasons.

Not a milestone, but since the start of the year, Nikita Kucherov has scored nine goals in ten games, more than any other player over the same stretch. He’s also tied with Artemi Panarin for most points in 2020.

Also don’t forget that Justin, the official ambassador of #MikhailMilestone on twitter, keeps tracking Sergachev’s productivity.

The Organization

The bye-week officially started for the Tampa Bay Lightning. The next game will be played on January 27, and the Lightning sent Alex Volkov to the Syracuse Crunch and put Luke Schenn on waivers to join him in the AHL if he clears. Both players will be given ice time while the main team is resting [Raw Charge]

For Schenn, it’s a simple numbers game. With Ryan McDonagh and Braydon Coburn recently returning from injuries, the Lightning had eight healthy defensemen on the roster. He’ll also fill a spot of great need for the Syracuse Crunch. While Cal Foote and Cameron Gaunce have been playing well at the top of the blue line for the Crunch, the team has really needed some help behind them. Especially on the right side.

The Syracuse Crunch have been defeated by the Springfield Thunderbirds, Dennis Yan scored the only goal for the Crunch.

It was an up and down game for the Orlando Solar Bears, but they’ve earned a point in a overtime loss against the Atlanta Gladiators.

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Hockey News

The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Dallas Stars made a transaction, swapping some depth players.

David Backes was also placed on waivers for purpose of assignment to the AHL.

The Los Angeles Kings presented their jersey for an All-Star game.