The Lightning Silence the Madhouse on Morgan

By on January 22, 2016

 

(with #1 Star Victor Hedman Post Game Audio)

Got Storylines? I’d say. The Stanley Cup Champions streaked into Amalie Arena on Thursday night. Sorry ladies, Jonathan Toews kept his clothes on but the Blackhawks came to Tampa riding a 12 game winning streak, while the Lightning were also screaming hot, winners of their last six. Revenge was also in the air as the Blackhawks returned back to the Oil Can for the first time since winning the Stanley Cup and after defeating the Lightning earlier this year in Chicago 1-0.

 Andrew Shaw (65) works to get by Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) the game's number 1 star. (photo Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports)

Chicago’s Andrew Shaw (65) works to get by Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) the game’s number 1 star. (photo Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports)

After the opening faceoff, the Lightning established early pressure from the opening faceoff but Corey Crawford made the initial two stops. The Blackhawks countered on the rush and on the first shot, Artem Anisimov flipped a backhand over a sprawling Ben Bishop to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.

Anton Stralman continued his scoring streak as he redirected a slap shot from Victor Hedman to get the Lightning on the board and to settle down the ridiculous amount of Blackhawk fans in the stands. Valtteri Filppula assisted on Lightning goal for his 23rd point of the season.

The Lightning stifled the Blackhawks offense in the first period and continued to apply pressure on the Blackhawks defensemen and Corey Crawford but could not capitalize. In transition, Ben Bishop came up big after the 10 minute mark had passed on a 3-2 rush and stoned Phillip Danault from in close.

As the clocked ticked down in the first period, it was obvious that the Lightning were playing a bit of “keep away” which started to frustrate the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks had an opportunity with an odd man rush led by Jonathan Toews but was short lived as Marion Hossa was called for holding in the Lightning zone. Tyler Johnson provided the Lightning with a couple chances on the power play but Crawford shut down Johnson and the Lightning to keep the score even.

The score remained tied at 1 at the end of the first period and a few observations were glaring. One of them being that the Lightning took the body on both sides of the ice and they attacked the puck carrier. These two directives by Coach Cooper were substantial in keeping the high scoring, high flying Hawks to only four shots on goal in the first period.

Early in the second period, the Lightning caught a break as Patrick Kane led a 2-1 and sent a saucer pass to Brent Seabrook. Seabrook partially fanned on the attempt and the Lightning controlled and cleared the puck to center ice.

A tight checking game continued but maybe a little to close as Andre Palat got called for holding in the Lightning defensive end as the Hawks and Patrick Kane dominated the puck. The 15th ranked penalty kill came up big for the Lightning as the Blackhawks got two very legitimate chances on Ben Bishop to give the Blackhawks a paltry 6 show through the first 30 minutes of the game.

The new triplets line with Alex Killorn joining Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov applied pressure in the offensive zone and it lead to a power play with 7:16 to go in the second period. The Lightning took shot after shot on Crawford and didn’t get one passed him but then a quick outlet pass to Patrick Kane as he finished his stint in the sin bin, cost Kane another penalty for interference.

The Lightning struggled to maintain the attacking zone until Nikita Kucherov ripped a wrist shot passed two Blackhawk defensemen and Corey Crawford to give the Lightning a 2-1 lead with 3:41 to go in the second period.

Victor Hedman tallied his second point of the night with an assist and Alex Killorn got on the scoring sheet with the other assist.

The Blackhawks pushed the action again late in the 2nd period but the Hawks and their fans in the stands when to get concessions down a goal going into the final period.

A glaring stat at this point in the game was that Jonathan Toews or Marion Hossa did not register a shot on goal against Ben Bishop.

Things got off to a poor start for the Lightning off the opening faceoff of the 3rd period as Valtteri Filppula got called for a faceoff violation and gave Chicago their 2nd power play opportunity.

The errant faceoff penalty by Filppula netted zero shots by the Hawks as the Bolts defense was stellar. The tight checking continued during the penalty kill and Chicago put up a goose egg in the shots department to keep their total at 9.

Moments later, Corey Crawford kept it a one goal game as Andre Palat lassoed in a pass and put it on net and Crawford slid across the goal line and stacked the pads for the save.

Play went back and forth through center ice until a bad turnover in the defensive zone by Alex Killorn gave the Blackhawks their 3rd power play of the night with 9:22 to play in the third. Tight checking and scrappy play by Brian Boyle assisting Ben Bishop in the net once again kept the Lightning’s lead at one.

As the Lightning transitioned off the power play kill and into the Hawks defensive zone, the Blackhawks jumped the gun and were called for a too many men on the ice penalty with 7:07 left in the game. The Lightning pelted Crawford on the power play but to no avail and the score remained 2-1. Crawford showed why he is now considered one of the best in the game with a brilliant kick save that had eyes for the back of the net.

With the Blackhawks skating into the offensive zone, chants of “Lets Go Lightning” tore through the rafters of Amalie Arena. Ben Bishop then came up huge with a big glove save as he was being screened by three players in front of the net.

With a little over a minute to go in the game, Chicago pulled goalie Corey Crawford and the unsung heroes of tonight’s game shined again. JT Brown, Ryan Callahan and Bryan Boyle thwarted Chicago’s attack and held them without a shot with the extra attacker. For the night, the Lightning held the Blackhawks to the lowest shot total output of the season at 18. Their previous low was 19.

The Lightning go back on the road on Saturday night to take on the Florida Panthers and an ageless Jaromir Jagr.

The three stars of the game

  1. Victor Hedman

  2. Ryan Callahan

  3. Corey Crawford

  4. Chicago Blackhawks Time On Ice Faceoffs
    Player G A +/- SOG MS BS PN PIM HT TK GV SHF TOT PP SH EV FW FL %
    A. Anisimov C 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 21:28 3:16 4:16 13:56 4 11 26.7
    P. Danault LW 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 15 11:30 0:00 0:00 11:30 3 6 33.3
    A. Desjardins C 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 15:48 0:00 4:16 11:32 0 0 00.0
    E. Gustafsson D 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 23 18:04 3:06 1:37 13:21 0 0 00.0
    N. Hjalmarsson D 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 26 21:21 0:00 4:17 17:04 0 0 00.0
    M. Hossa RW 0 0 -1 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 2 25 18:12 2:48 2:40 12:44 0 0 00.0
    P. Kane RW 0 1 1 1 2 0 2 4 0 1 0 23 20:33 3:12 0:00 17:21 0 0 00.0
    D. Keith D 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 29 25:12 3:12 4:31 17:29 0 0 00.0
    B. Mashinter LW 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 8 4:00 0:00 0:00 4:00 0 0 00.0
    A. Panarin LW 0 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 20 20:14 3:12 0:00 17:02 0 0 00.0
    D. Rasmussen LW 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 12 7:03 0:00 0:00 7:03 1 5 16.7
    M. Rozsival D 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 19 15:07 0:00 0:18 14:49 0 0 00.0
    R. Scuderi D 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3:30 0:00 0:00 3:30 0 0 00.0
    B. Seabrook D 0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 2 1 0 29 21:51 2:58 3:35 15:18 0 0 00.0
    A. Shaw C 0 0 -1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 15:39 2:48 0:00 12:51 0 0 00.0
    T. Teravainen LW 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 18:37 2:44 1:15 14:38 0 0 00.0
    J. Toews C 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 24 20:29 2:44 3:17 14:28 8 10 44.4
    T. van Riemsdyk D 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 20 14:57 0:00 1:26 13:31 0 0 00.0

    Chicago Blackhawks Scratches

    Player Detail
    R. Panik Scratched
    J. Sekac Scratched

    Tampa Bay Lightning

    Time On Ice Faceoffs
    Player G A +/- SOG MS BS PN PIM HT TK GV SHF TOT PP SH EV FW FL %
    B. Boyle C 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 13 10:17 0:00 2:36 7:41 6 2 75.0
    J. Brown RW 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 14:47 0:00 2:09 12:38 1 0 100.0
    R. Callahan RW 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 3 1 1 19 15:34 2:11 1:53 11:30 0 1 00.0
    B. Coburn D 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 18 16:23 0:00 2:50 13:33 0 0 00.0
    V. Filppula C 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 2 0 23 19:04 4:12 1:18 13:34 5 8 38.5
    J. Garrison D 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 21 18:25 0:00 3:00 15:25 0 0 00.0
    V. Hedman D 0 2 0 4 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 23 21:29 3:04 0:10 18:15 0 0 00.0
    T. Johnson C 0 0 -1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 20 14:53 3:32 0:10 11:11 10 0 100.0
    A. Killorn C 0 1 -1 3 1 0 1 2 0 0 1 21 17:07 3:40 0:10 13:17 0 0 00.0
    N. Kucherov RW 1 0 -1 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 19 15:47 3:40 0:00 12:07 0 0 00.0
    J. Marchessault C 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 8:29 2:01 0:00 6:28 0 0 00.0
    V. Namestnikov C 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 19:07 4:12 0:00 14:55 6 2 75.0
    N. Nesterov D 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 16 14:53 1:42 0:00 13:11 0 0 00.0
    O. Palat LW 0 0 0 3 2 0 1 2 1 1 1 21 19:23 3:40 1:48 13:55 0 0 00.0
    C. Paquette C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 11 7:39 0:00 0:40 6:59 0 1 00.0
    S. Stamkos C 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 24 20:15 4:20 1:16 14:39 4 2 66.7
    A. Stralman D 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 22 20:39 3:06 3:00 14:33 0 0 00.0
    A. Sustr D 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 20 19:49 0:00 3:00 16:49 0 0 00.0

    Tampa Bay Lightning Scratches

    Player Detail
    E. Condra Scratched
    M. Carle Scratched

    Goaltending Summary

    Chicago Blackhawks Goaltending

    Player SA GA Saves SV% TOI PIM
    C. Crawford 33 2 31 .939 58:33 0

    Tampa Bay Lightning Goaltending

    Player SA GA Saves SV% TOI PIM
    B. Bishop 18 1 17 .944 60:00 0
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