LIGHTNING RECAP – OCTOBER 28
By Leo Haggerty

GAMES 5 THROUGH 7

Had to call an audible for the scheduled Lightning Recap posts this week.  It’s a small adjustment but it is a change from what you, are loyal readers, were expecting so here goes.

We had a conflict on Saturday in that there were two events, USF football and Lightning hockey, starting at the same time.  I attended the South Florida tilt while Peter Blake filled in admirable at the Bolts contest.

We have the same situation tonight.  I’m flying to New Orleans for the Buccaneers game with the Saints later today so Peter will be manning the Its Sports Magazine seat at Amalie Arena. Plus, the Bulls travel to East Carolina for an American Athletic Conference match up with the Pirates Thursday night as well.  A lot of weekday sports activities that normally occur on weekends but we soldier on with a slight deviation.

With all that being said, we are recapping the Bolts last three contests, one home and the following two on the road today.  Tonight’s game we will post on Friday.

Thanks for understanding and here’s what happened in the last three Lightning games.  Enjoy.

COLORADO AVALACHE 4  TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING 3 SO

Tampa Bay came back to tie the game and send it into extra time but fell to Colorado 4-3 in a shootout at Amalie Arena.  The win propelled the Avalanche to a 2-3 log and four points on the season.  The overtime loss dropped the Lightning to 2-2-1 in the 2021-22 campaign and that equates to five points in the standings.

The trend of the opposition scoring first continued as the Avs dented the scoreboard at 9:02 of the opening period.  F Gabriel Landeskog (2) put the biscuit in the basket to give Colorado an early 1-0 lead.

The Bolts finally put up a marker at 6:34 of the second period.  F  Mathieu Joseph (1) found the back of the net with assists going to F Anthony Cirelli (3) and F Alex Killorn (1) to knot the score at one apiece.

The Avalanche answered at 11:51 of the middle period.  F Mikko Rantanen (3) maneuvered the puck past G Andrei Vasilevskiy (24 saves on 27 shots) to put the visitors back in front at 2-1.

The Lightning came back again at 3:44 of the third period.  F Steven Stamkos (4) put the rubber disk behind G Darcy Kuemper (29 saves on 32 shots) with helpers going to F Ondrej Palat (1) and D Ryan McDonagh (1) to knot the score at 2.

Again, Colorado pulled in front with a power play score at 9:50 of the final period.  F Nathan McKinnan (1) did the honors and the Avs went up 3-2.

For the third time, Tampa Bay drew even with 2:35 left in regulation.  F Brayden Point (2) posted the equalizer with the aid of D Victor Hedman (7) and Stamkos (5) evening the score at 3-3.  That would be all the scoring in the third period and that would lead to bonus hockey.

Both goalies stonewalled the opposition in overtime and that led to a shootout.  It would take six rounds before the Avalanche D Cale Maker ended the contest giving Colorado a hard earned two points.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING 1  BUFFALO SABRES 5 

In probably their worst performance of the young season, Tampa Bay was soundly beaten by Buffalo by a score of 5-1 at the Key Bank Center.  The Sabres advanced to 4-1-1 giving the Blades nine points while the loss gave the Lightning a 2-3-1 log and kept the Bolts at five points this season.

For the six consecutive game, the opposition scored first just 1:41 into the contest.  F Victor Olofsson (3) slid the puck past G Brian Elliott (20 saves on 23 shots) to put Buffalo up 1-0.

Tampa Bay got on the scoreboard with a 1:34 left in the opening period.  Killorn (3) put the rubber disk behind G Craig Anderson (35 saves on 36 shots) with the help of McDonagh (2) and Joseph (1) to tie the game at 1 all.

The rest of the contest belonged to the Sabres scoring once in the second then adding three more in the final period.  F Drake Caggiula (1) lit the lamp with just 38 seconds left in the middle period to put the Blades up 2-1.  That was followed by a barrage of Buffalo goals in the final 20 minutes starting with F Vinnie Hinostroza (1) at 4:25.  That was followed by two empty netters by D Robert Hagg (1) at 14:25 and Olofsson (4) at 17:30 making the final count 5-1 in favor of the Sabres.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING 5  PITTSBURGH PENGUINS 1

Tampa Bay put an end to a three game winless streak beating Pittsburgh 5-1 at the PPG Paints Arena.  The win propelled the Lightning to 3-3-1 giving the Bolts 7 points on the season.  The loss dropped the Penguins to 3-1-2 keeping the Pens at 8 points for the campaign.

After a scoreless opening 20 minutes, and for the first time all season, Tampa Bay scored the initial goal 31 seconds into the middle period.  Point (3) did the honors with assists from Killorn (2) and D Mikhail Sergachev (3) putting the Lightning up 1-zip.

The Bolts would follow that up with two more second period markers.  The first was by Killorn (3) with Alex Barre-Boulet (2) and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (2) registering the assists at 11:18 increasing the Lightning lead to 2-0.

If you went to get a drink after that Bolts goal, you missed the next Tampa Bay score that occurred 10 seconds later.  McDonagh (1) put the biscuit in the basket behind G Tristan Jarry (26 saves on 29 shots) with the helpers coming from Stamkos (6) and Joseph (2) putting the Lightning up 3-0.

The Penguins scored their only goal in the third period sandwiched around a couple of Lightning empty netters.  Sergechev (2) made it 4-nil at 16:55 but their was still life in the Pens.

Pittsburgh recorded their only goal 48 seconds later.  While on the power play, F Jason Zucker maneuvered the puck past G Vasilevskiy (28 saves on 29) to cut the margin to 4-1 but it was too little and too late.

Tampa Bay notched the final score of the night with 1:05 left in regulation.  Killorn (3) with helpers from Palat (2) and McDonagh (3) found the open net to make the final arithmetic 5-1 in favor of the Bolts.