Parise, Suter Score as Wild Beat Lightning 3-2 to Snap Skid

Parise, Suter Score as Wild Beat Lightning 3-2 to Snap Skid

January 16th, 2020 ST. PAUL, Minn. — Zach Parise scored his team-leading 17th goal and Ryan Suter added his seventh as the Minnesota Wild beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 on Thursday to snap a four-game losing streak. Parise has three goals in the past two games. Joel Er...
THW's Goalie News: Price's Milestone, All-Star Replacement & More

THW's Goalie News: Price's Milestone, All-Star Replacement & More

January 14th, 2020 Tuesday night saw more National Hockey League history made in Montreal with a shutout. The league also announced an All-Star replacement after one of the game’s top goaltenders has decided to not go to St. Louis. Also, a veteran is hoping to translate his recent success in the American Hockey...

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January 12th, 2020
Lightning Goaltending

Saturday night’s busy schedule across the National Hockey League was full of great goaltending. We saw 13 different goalies allow two or fewer goals, including three shutouts. Elvis Stars in Las Vegas The name Elvis and the city of Las Vegas have gone hand-in-hand for decades and another Elvis had his name on the marquee on Saturday night. It wasn’t Presley, but rather Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins. Merzlikins made 27 saves in a 3-0 win over the Vegas Golden Knights to pick his first career NHL shutout. "I dreamed about it. Why not? It would be a great feeling to get my first NHL shutout here in Vegas," Merzlikins said after his memorable night. "I saw today people were pumping up, they did a picture of me, that I am in the building. It was pretty funny. "I'm really, really happy and really thankful to my teammates." Merzlikins was definitely having fun as he showed off his air guitar skills right after the final horn sounded....
January 11th, 2020
Tampa Bay Lightning

PHILADELPHIA — Pat Maroon scored the game's only goal, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 23 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning tied a club record with their 10th straight win, 1-0 over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night. The Lightning haven’t lost since Dec. 21 at Washington, and have outscored opponents 43-17 during their streak. Tampa Bay has tallied 12 unanswered goals, two short of matching a team mark. They will look to set a club record for consecutive victories on Sunday night at New Jersey. Vasileskiy earned his second straight shutout and the 20th of his career. He has been in goal for eight of the victories during the streak. The Lightning defence was stout in front of their netminder, and Vasileskiy was rarely tested. His best save came five minutes into the third period, when he stopped Travis Sanheim’s one-timer from close range with a right pad save. Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports) The Flyers...
January 10th, 2020
Lightning Goaltending

Thursday gave us a full schedule across the National Hockey League and it was a very good night for goaltenders. Some of the top performances included a pair of shutouts and a rare goalie goal! Rinne Scores Versus Blackhawks The Nashville Predators were in Chicago last night to take on the Blackhawks in a big game as the two teams were separated by just one point when the puck dropped. New head coach John Hynes picked up his first win with the Predators in a 5-2 victory, but that is not what this game will be remembered for. In the final minute of play, goaltender Pekka Rinne retrieved the puck from behind his own net and lofted towards the vacated Blackhawks’ cage. When the puck finished its journey, Rinne became the 12th goaltender in National Hockey League history to score a goal. The excited voice you heard in the highlight was that of former Predators goaltender and current color analyst Chris Mason, who scored a goal during his playing days in Nashville....
January 10th, 2020
Lightning Prospects

With the Tampa Bay Lightning reaching the midpoint of their season, January is the perfect time to check back in on their selections at the 2019 NHL Draft. This draft represented an important one for the Lightning, as the franchise needed some positive news after they melted down in the playoffs. As Tampa Bay Lightning prospects like Carter Verhaeghe worked his way into a starting role in 2019-20, the franchise needed to restock the pipeline at the 2019 Draft. (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) After it was all said and done, the Lightning made seven selections in 2019, including four forwards, two defensemen and a goaltender. These players varied in expected skill and quality, but given the franchise's ability to pull incredible talent out of obscure roots, you never know who could be the next Brayden Point or Ondrej Palat. First-Round: Nolan Foote When the Lightning selected Nolan Foote with the 27th overall pick, many saw this as a reach. Even if Foote was a...
January 10th, 2020
Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA, Fla. — Nikita Kucherov had two goals, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 25 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-0 Thursday night for their ninth consecutive victory. Alex Killorn and Mikhail Sergachev also scored for the Lightning, who are one win from tying the franchise record of 10 straight set in February 2019. Arizona's Adin Hill, making his fourth appearance this season, stopped 30 shots as the Coyotes' four-game winning streak ended. Arizona's top two goalies, Darcy Kuemper and Antti Raanta, are out with lower-body injuries. Kucherov scored a pair of second-period goals, coming at 6:15 and 8:52, to make it 4-0. Steven Stamkos assisted on both, with the second one giving him 400 career assists. Kucherov has four goals and nine points during a six-game point streak. He has nine goals and 11 points in 10 games against Arizona. Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) Vasilevskiy, who is 11-1-1 over his last 13...
January 9th, 2020
Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning are at the halfway point in their season and have started to catch fire lately. They have won eight straight games and are back in the playoff picture. They have also had some of their star players pick up their play recently, helping get them back into playoff contention. Every player on the Lightning has a role, and some of those players could have a chance to win something in June at the NHL Awards. While league-wide voting won't start for a while, it's a good time to see who would win each NHL award if voting happened just within the Lightning organization. Masterton Trophy The Masterton Trophy is given to a player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication. While the Lightning don't have anyone who went through what last year's winner Robin Lehner experienced, they have one player who is having a big comeback year. After scoring just 28 points in 73 games with the New York Rangers last year, Kevin Shattenkirk...