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NHL: Bolts Conquer the Oilers, Extending the Streak to 9

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The Tampa Bay Lightning rout the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 at Amalie Arena Thursday, February 13, 2020. Photo: NHL.

TAMPA BAY, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – The Bolts returned home and headed into their match up versus the Oilers down five guys, four of them primitive starters. In the rematch against the Penguins in Philadelphia, Kucherov and Cirelli suffered lower body injuries, adding them to the out roster alongside Stamkos, McDonagh, and Rutta. With the loss of these players, the Lightning added to their recall sheet, Alex Volkov and Cameron Gaunce.

After three games on the road, the Lightning were back in Amalie Arena and looking to extend their win streak to nine. Hitting the ice to start off the night for the Bolts was Joseph (recalled Tuesday vs. Penguins), Johnson, and Killorn. Defensively, Shattenkirk and Sergachev. Although the first period began in an underwhelming fashion, the Bolts had solid o-zone time and led with shots on goal. As a whole between the Bolts and the Oilers, passes were erratic and there was more air puck than we are used to seeing this season in Amalie. The first period came and went and closed out 0-0. 4:49 into the second period, Pat Maroon finally got the Bolts on the board and his seventh goal of the season.

As we’ve noticed throughout the season Tampa begins to find some synchronization after the first goal is scored. Granted, the line changes due to the injuries were taking some time to establish a rhythm. Less than 5 minutes after Maroon’s goal, Jones tied up the game for Edmonton. With 6:59 left in the second period, during the Oilers power play, Yanni Gourde gets a breakaway and put the Bolts back in the lead with a shorthanded goal.

As for the third period, it was a defensive game. The Bolts defense kept the Oilers from scoring, but unfortunately for Edmonton, their six men couldn’t stop the Lightning for ensuring their ninth win as Cedric Paquette hit an empty netter with under a minute left to play making the final score, 3-1.

Post-game, the guys had a unanimous response to their 9-game winning streak. The defense they’ve been playing is highly credited in their recent successes. With the defense playing up and the hopeful returns of Kucherov, Cirelli, and Stamkos, the Lightning look to have favorable odds as they prepare to host the Philadelphia Flyers, Saturday in front of their home crowd.

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Kasey Hudson is the Associate Sports Editor for Florida National News. | sports@floridanationalnews.com

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Lightning Sign D Mikhail Sergachev, F Anthony Cirelli and D Erik Cernak to Eight-Year Contract Extensions

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TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Mikhail Sergachev, forward Anthony Cirelli and defenseman Erik Cernak each to an eight-year contract extension, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Sergachev, 24, has skated in 362 career regular season games, 358 of them with the Lightning, notching 36 goals and 174 points. He ranks fifth all-time in Tampa Bay franchise history among defensemen for goals and scoring and fourth for assists (138). The former ninth overall pick (of Montreal) in the 2016 NHL Draft has also played in 92 postseason games and posted eight goals and 30 points. He ranks second in Lightning history among defensemen for playoff games, goals, assists (22) and scoring. Sergachev’s eight-year contract is worth an AAV of $8.5 million.

Cirelli, 24, has skated in 294 career NHL games, all with the Lightning, recording 66 goals and 159 points. During the 2021-22 season, Cirelli posted 17-26—43 points in 76 games played, one point shy of his career high 16-28—44 pts. from the 2019-20 season. He led Tampa Bay forwards for blocked shots (67), ranked sixth in the NHL for penalties drawn (42) and finished fifth in Selke Trophy voting in 2021-22. In postseason play, Cirelli has notched 14 goals and 34 points in 92 games, ranking 11th all-time in Lightning playoff history for scoring. Cirelli’s eight-year contract is worth an AAV of $6.25 million.

Cernak, 25, has skated in 226 career NHL games, all with the Lightning, posting 16 goals, 59 points and a plus-51 rating. During the 2021-22 regular season, the Kosice, Slovakia native notched a goal and 13 points and led the Lightning for hits (165) in 55 games. Cernak has played in 73 career postseason games, recording two goals and 19 points. He netted the Stanley Cup-opening goal in Game 1 of the 2021 Cup Final versus Montreal, becoming the first Tampa Bay player to net his first career playoff goal in a Stanley Cup Final. A second round selection of the Los Angeles Kings (43rd overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft, Cernak was traded to the Lightning on February 26, 2017. Cernak’s eight-year contract is worth an AAV of $5.2 million.

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NHL: Lightning Re-Sign Forward Simon Ryfors to a One-Year, Two-Way Contract

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Simon Ryfors had two goals and an assist in the Lightning’s 5-2 win over Nashville in the opening game of the NHL Prospect Showcase Saturday afternoon at Amalie Arena. Photo: Dirk Shadd/Tampa Bay Times.

TAMPA BAY –The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Simon Ryfors to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced.

Ryfors, 24, played in 72 games during the regular season for the Syracuse Crunch, Tampa Bay’s American Hockey League affiliate, posting 11 goals and 35 points, ranking tied for seventh on the Crunch for scoring. He also skated in five Calder Cup Playoff games with the Crunch and notched a goal, assist and a plus-four rating.

The Stockholm, Sweden native originally signed with the Lightning organization on May 12, 2021. Prior to that, he skated seven seasons with Rogle BK of the SHL, tallying 41 goals and 93 points to go along with 165 penalty minutes in 250 games. He set career bests in the SHL in 2020-21 for goals (25), assists (20) and points (45).

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Lightning Acquire F Brandon Hagel, Two 4th Round Picks from Chicago

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TAMPA BAY, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Source: Tampa Bay Lightning // The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired forward Brandon Hagel, Chicago’s fourth-round selection in 2022 and fourth-round pick in 2024 from the Blackhawks in exchange for forwards Taylor Raddysh and Boris Katchouk, Tampa’s first-round selection in 2023 and first-round selection in 2024, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today. Both first-round picks the Lightning are sending to Chicago are top 10 protected.

Hagel, 23, has played in 55 games so far this season for Chicago, recording 21 goals and 37 points. Hagel ranks second on the Blackhawks for goals and game-winning goals (3) and fourth for scoring and power-play goals (4). In 108 games with Chicago over three seasons, Hagel has posted 30 goals and 61 points. He made his NHL debut March 11, 2020 versus San Jose, the only game he played during the 2019-20 season. Hagel is under contract through the 2023-2024 season with a salary cap number of $1,500,000.

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