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.
One of several skilled youngsters on the @TBLightning roster, Anthony Cirelli's 3 goals in a 7-1 win over the Jets on Friday night made him the 6th youngest on this list of players earning the 1st hat tricks of their NHL careers pic.twitter.com/AQjQAqdNOt— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) January 18, 2020
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.
New career high in goals. 300 career @nhl points.— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) January 18, 2020
Congrats, @Akillorn19!! ⚡️ #TBLvsWPG pic.twitter.com/laLwEWs53z
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.
DYK? @TBLightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is the fourth in NHL history to record a win streak of 10+ games in consecutive seasons. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/rxxPwKaC5z— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 18, 2020
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.
HE CAN'T BE STOPPED!— FOX Sports Florida & Sun (@FOXSportsFL) January 18, 2020
Nikita Kucherov is 🔥🔥🔥@TBLightning lead 4-0! Watch on FOX Sports Sun & FOX Sports Go: https://t.co/zEW568CIAg#GoBolts pic.twitter.com/qm1PnvwruO
Also don’t forget that Justin, the official ambassador of #MikhailMilestone on twitter, keeps tracking Sergachev’s productivity.
With his assist tonight Mikhail Sergachev remains 35th all time in Lightning franchise points. #MikhailMilestone— JustinG (@TorchRamrod) January 18, 2020
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.
The fourth line showed up tonight 💯#SPRvsSYR pic.twitter.com/x0NaEzFZGO— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) January 18, 2020
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.
Final from Atlanta — the Glads take this one in OT off a hat trick performance from Samuel Asselin. Back at it again tomorrow in Jacksonville. #OSBatATL pic.twitter.com/NUVPGZIqyK— Orlando Solar Bears (@OrlandoHockey) January 18, 2020
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In the Gas-paw-rilla spirit 🐾☠️ pic.twitter.com/6sxFSq3XBd— Bolt ⚡️ (@boltspup) January 17, 2020
The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Dallas Stars made a transaction, swapping some depth players.
The Penguins have acquired defenseman John Nyberg from the Dallas Stars in exchange for forward Oula Palve.— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) January 17, 2020
Nyberg is signed through the end of the 2019.20 season and carries a value of $745,000 at the NHL level. He will report to the @WBSPenguins.https://t.co/VQTTKYIxCQ pic.twitter.com/FAIWidYrni
David Backes was also placed on waivers for purpose of assignment to the AHL.
Backes (BOS), Schenn (TB) on waivers today— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) January 17, 2020
The Los Angeles Kings presented their jersey for an All-Star game.
In all its glory, the #StadiumSeries jersey and uniform 👀 @adidashockey | @NHL | #GoKingsGo— LA Kings (@LAKings) January 17, 2020