The Last Week in Lightning Hockey (2/10/20 – 2/17/20)

Kirsten Schneider, Writer, Editor

The past week in Lightning hockey, has been quite exciting for both the team and the fans! We are on yet another 10+ winning streak this season. This is our second 10 game winning streak of the season, but, we actually broke team records and won 11 straight! The Lightning worked very hard to achieve this, and pulled through even with our main players out with injuries.

The first game of this week was against the Columbus Blue Jackets on 2/10. Now, if you aren’t an avid hockey watcher or just became a Lightning fan, you might not remember what happened last season. The Columbus Blue Jackets were an 8-seed last season, and we were matched up against them in the first round of the playoffs. They actually swept us, 4-0, and are one of the reasons our team is known to “choke”. This game was the first matchup between the teams since the playoffs, so you could imagine how nervous Lightning fans were.

The Bolts played the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena, in Columbus, Ohio. In net for the Bolts was backup goalie, Curtis McElhinney. For the Blue Jackets, Elvis Merzlikins was in net. In the first period, Lightning’s all-star, Nikita Kucherov scored a goal. In the second period, the Jackets’ Oliver Bjorkstand, scored a goal. The third period was scoreless, so that meant overtime. Personally, the fact we had to go into overtime, made me VERY nervous, as a huge Lightning fan. In overtime, our very loved, Nikita Kucherov, scored the winning goal of the game and, his second goal of the game. The final score was 2-1, Bolts.

On 2/11, the Lightning played the Pittsburgh Penguins. In net for the Lightning, was Andrei Vasilevskiy. For the Penguins, Matt Murray was in net. In the first period, Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin scored a goal. In the second period, Mikhail Sergachev scored a goal. Third period was also scoreless, which meant back to back overtime for the Bolts! In overtime, Lightning’s Yanni Gourde scored the winning goal. The final score was 2-1, Bolts.

On 2/13, the Lightning played the Edmonton Oilers. For the Lightning, Andrei Vasilevskiy was in net. For the Oilers, Mike Smith was in net. In the second period, Lightning’s Pat Maroon and Yanni Gourde scored a combined two goals. Oilers’ Caleb Jones also scored a goal that period. In the third period, Lightning’s Cedric Paquette also scored a goal, making the final score, 3-1 Lightning.

On 2/15, the Lightning played the Philadelphia Flyers. For the Bolts, Andrei Vasilevskiy was in net. For the Flyers, Carter Hart was in net. In the first period, Lightning’s Alex Killorn and Cedric Paquette scored a combined two goals. In the second period, Lightning’s Carter Verhaeghe scored a goal and Flyers’ Ivan Provorov, also scored a goal. In the 3rd period, the Flyers’ James van Riemsdyk and Claude Giroux each scored a goal. For the Lightning, Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov each scored a goal, making the final score 5-3, Bolts.

The final game of the week was against the Colorado Avalanche, on 2/17. This game scared me quite a bit because we have a rough history with the Avalanche. In net for the Lightning was Curtis McElhinney, and Pavel Francouz for the Avalanche. In the first period, the Av’s Andre Burakovsky scored a goal. In the second period, Lightning’s Alex Killorn, Cameron Gaunce, and Steven Stamkos scored a combined 3 goals. Nathan MacKinnon also scored for the Avalanche. In the third period, the Av’s Valeri Nichushkin, scored a goal, tying up the game to go into overtime. In overtime, once again, our very much loved all-star, came in clutch. Nikita Kucherov scored the game winning goal, making the final score 4-3, Lightning. This win gave the Lightning, the all-time team record of 11 straight wins!

It’s been a crazy week in Lightning hockey. We are now second in the ENTIRE league, behind the Boston Bruins, by only one point. Honestly, I don’t want to be first in the league and win the President’s Trophy. There’s a well known “curse” with the President’s Trophy. We won it last year, and look what happened … let’s just hope for the best and cross our fingers we can continue this amazing winning streak!  Go Bolts 🙂