Last Week in Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey (October 20th – October 26th)

Last Week in Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey (October 20th - October 26th)

Kirsten Schneider, Writer, Editor

Last week in Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey, the Lightning were 1-1. The Lightning played both their games at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.

The Lightning beat the Penguins, 3-2, on October 23rd, at Amalie Arena.

Their first game of the week was against the Pittsburgh Penguins, on October 23rd. The tension between the Lightning fan base and the Penguins fan base, is pretty high considering the Penguins clenched the Stanley Cup in 2016, because they beat the Lightning in the ECF to get there. Ever since then, the rivalry between Penguins fans and Lightning fans has been extreme. On Wednesday of last week, the Lightning got their revenge by beating the Penguins, , 3-2. In the first period of the game, Alex Killorn got his first goal of the season. In second period, Penguins’ players, Brandon Tanev and Jake Guentzel, scored two goals, putting the Penguins in the lead. The Lightning came together as a team in the third period to beat the Penguins, when Cedric Paquette and Victor Hedman scored two goals, making them win at a score of 3-2.

Their second and only other game of the week was against the Nashville Predators on October 26th. Lightning fans were really hoping management would allow all-star goaltender, Andrei Vasilevski, to goaltend that night, considering the Predators are the only team in the League he has yet to beat. Management decided to give Vasilevski a rest, and put backup goaltender, Curtis McElhinney in net. In the first period of the game, Predators’ player, Calle Jarnkrok scored the first goal of the game. In second period, the Lightning took the lead with Captain Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson scoring two goals total. Then in third period, the game went to overtime with Predators’ player, Roman Josi, tying up the game. Unfortunately, the Lightning lost in overtime. Predators’ player, Ryan Ellis, scored the winning goal. The final score was 2-3.

Last week’s one win and one loss, put the Lightning’s season record so far at 5-3-2. They are now in 5th place in the Atlantic division. Next week they play the New York Rangers on October 29th, the New Jersey Devils on the 30th, and the New York Islanders on November 1st.