Injured Lightning cruise past Flyers

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Give the Tampa Bay Lightning credit. They find ways to win even when facing adversity. They haven’t have Nikita Kucherov for more than a month now and on Tuesday it was announced that they’d also be without Brayden Point for the next four-to-six weeks. That’s the Lightning’s number one and two scorers from the 2021 playoffs out of the lineup.

In spite of that, the Lightning cruised to a 4-0 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers last night. Steven Stamkos played a big part of that with a three-point game, but the Lightning also got help from unusual sources. Zach Bogosian – who had all of four points in 45 games last season – had a goal and an assist, Corey Perry scored his first goal of the season, and Alex Barre-Boulet netted his third goal of 2021-22. Obviously, having a star like Stamkos even after losing two of your top forwards is a luxury that underscores the Lightning’s success in recent years, but the fact that some of the other Tampa Bay players stepped up too is encouraging.

Then of course there’s goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, who had an outstanding game. He’s finished in the top-three of Vezina Trophy voting in each of the last four years and while he’s had some rough starts already this season, for the most part he’s been his usual dominant self. The Lightning have managed to weather major injuries before and they have the tools to do so again.

Though all that being said, I'd be remiss if I didn't cut Philadelphia a bit of a break here. While the Lightning's win is impressive regardless, the Flyers are without Kevin Hayes and Ryan Ellis among others, so Tampa Bay isn't the only team dealing with injuries. But then, to an extent that's the point. Injuries happen and while not every team is going to be as unlucky as Tampa Bay - or for that matter Philadelphia - the mark of a great team is an ability to overcome those injuries.

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TAMPA BAY 4 PHILADELPHIA 0

Andrei Vasilevskiy posted a 34-save shutout. He was particularly busy in the third frame where he faced 14 shots. It was his first shutout of the season and the 27th of his career.

Zack MacEwen fired four shots on Vasilevskiy. Despite that, MacEwen still has just one goal in 15 games.

Carter Hart kicked out 31 of 35 Lightning shots. He dropped to 5-4-3 with a 2.40 GAA and .928 save percentage in 12 starts.

Steven Stamkos led the charge for Tampa Bay with a goal and two assists. He has 10 goals and 22 points in 18 contests.

Zach Bogosian scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist. That gives him a goal and four points in seven games.

DALLAS 4 EDMONTON 1

Ryan McLeod scored the Oilers’ only goal. Leon Draisaitl and Jesse Puljujarvi assisted on the marker, so Connor McDavid’s season-opening point streak has ended at 17 games.

Stuart Skinner stopped 29 of 33 shots last night. Two of the four goals he surrendered were scored on the power play.

At the other end of the ice, Jake Oettinger saved 21 of 22 shots. He’s 3-0-0 with a 1.29 GAA and .955 save percentage in four contests.

Roope Hintz scored a goal and registered an assist for Dallas. He’s up to six goals and 10 points in 17 games.

Three of Dallas’ four goals were assisted on by John Klingberg. He has six points in 13 contests.

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CALGARY 5 CHICAGO 2

Matthew Tkachuk scored the game-winning goal. It was his ninth goal and 18th point in 20 games.

Rasmus Andersson and Elias Lindholm each assisted on two of the Flames’ five goals. For Lindholm it put him up to 22 points in 20 contests.

Reese Johnson scored a goal and registered an assist for Chicago. Those were the first two points of his career. He was playing in his 16th NHL game.

Marc-Andre Fleury kicked out 34 of 37 shots last night. That brought an end to his four-game winning streak.

Jacob Markstrom stopped 19 of 21 Blackhawks shots. He never faced more than eight shots in a single period.