Lightning on a Roll with 8-game Winning Streak?

Kirsten Schneider, Writer, Editor

The Tampa Bay Lightning have made quite a comeback! The Lightning have accomplished a 8-game winning streak, and are playing like they did in the 2018-2019 season. 

This season, the Lightning had been in quite a slump. They were losing to bad teams, allowing easy goals in net, had really bad defense, and overall, weren’t playing like the Lightning usually do. The Lightning didn’t even have a playoff spot up until recently. The Lightning haven’t missed the playoffs in years, so this was quite a shock to many.

Recently, the Lightning have bounced back! Currently, they have a 8-game winning streak. They have a total of 38 goals in the past 8 games. Players like Ondre Palat, Anthony Cirelli, and Alex Killorn have been rising to the top. They have been playing much better than many of our all-stars. Unfortunately, all-star player, Nikita Kucherov is in a bit of a slump. He doesn’t score many goals, however, he’s been making assists. Our all-star goaltender, Andrei Vasilevskiy and even backup goaltender, Curtis McElhinney, have both been playing great for us. 

The Lightning’s winning streak started with the Florida Panthers, on December 23rd, 2019. The Lightning won 6-1. The Lightning’s Brayden Point scored one goal, Victor Hedman scored two goals, Mikhail Sergachev scored one goal, Alex Killorn scored one goal, and Nikita Kucherov scored one goal. The Panthers’ Jonathan Huberdeau scored their only goal. Lightning’s Andrei Vasilevskiy was in net and the Panthers’, Sergei Bobrovsky was in net.

For the Lightning’s 2nd game in their winning streak, they played the Montreal Canadiens, on December 28th, 2019. The Lightning won 5-4. The Lightning’s Alex Killorn scored two goals, Steven Stamkos scored one goal, Mitchell Stephens scored one, and Anthony Cirelli scored the final one. For the Canadiens, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Max Domi, Ben Chiarot, and Jordan Weal scored a total of four goals for them. Andrei Vasilevskiy was in net and for the Canadiens, Carey Price was in net.

The 3rd game in the streak, was against the Detroit Red Wings, on December 29th, 2019. The Lightning won 2-1. Ondre Palat and Brayden Point scored the two goals for the Lightning. Red Wings’ Robby Fabbri, scored their only goal. The Lightning’s backup goalie, Curtis McElhinney was in net. The Red Wings’, Jonathan Bernier was in net.

The 4th game in the streak, was against the Buffalo Sabres, on December 31st, 2019. Ending 2019 with a dub, the Lightning won 6-4. Ondre Palat, Anthony Cirelli, Tyler Johnson, and Kevin Shattenkirk scored a total of 4 goals for us. Alex Killorn scored 2 goals for us as well. For the Sabres, Conor Sheary, Marcus Johansson, Jimmy Vesey, and Jack Eichel scored their 4 goals. Andrei Vasilevskiy was in net and the Sabres’, Linus Ullmark was in net.

Starting off the new year, the Lightning played the Montreal Canadiens again, on January 2nd. The first dub of the year was 2-1. Lightning all-stars, Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos, scored their two goals. For the Canadiens, Jeff Petry scored their only goal. Vasilevskiy was in net for us, and Carey Price was in net for the Canadiens.

On January 4th, the Lightning won their 6th game in a row against the Ottawa Senators. They won 5-3. First period was scoreless. Lightning’s Carter Verhaeghe, Kevin Shattenkirk, Brayden Point, Tyler Johnson, and Alex Killorn scored a total of 5 goals. The Senators’ Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Mark Borowiecki, and Chris Tierney scored their 3 goals. Curtis McElhinney was in net for us, and Craig Anderson was in net for the Senators.

On January 5th, their 7th win in a row was accomplished against the Carolina Hurricanes. They won 3-1. Mitchell Stephens, Steven Stamkos, and Brayden Point scored our 3 goals. Andrei Svechkinov scored the Hurricanes’ only goal. Vasilevskiy played amazing his first game back in net. Petr Mrazek was in net for the Canes.

On January 9th, the Lightning’s outstanding 8th win in a row occurred. They played the Vancouver Canucks, and won 9-2! They tied their record for most goals scored in a game. Tyler Johnson, Steven Stamkos, Alex Killorn, Nikita Kucherov, Erik Cernak, and Brayden Point scored a total of 6 goals. Carter Verhaeghe scored his first career hat-trick. For the Canucks, Elias Pettersson and Loui Eriksson scored their 2 goals. Vasilevskiy was in net for us and Jacob Markstrom was in net for the Canucks.

The Lightning came back, just like I thought they could. They are now 2nd in the Atlantic division and 6th in the entire league. They also have a 19% chance of winning the cup as of right now, which is better than any other team in the league. Let’s hope the Lightning continue this amazing winning streak and let’s go Bolts!

I got all my information off of the app called the Score, which gave me the information about who scored which goals, the final score, and who was in the net.