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NHL Recap: Lightning Conquer Capitals in Red Robin Game Play

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The Lightning rout the Capitals 3-2 in Red Robin play. Photo: AP.

TORONTO, Cn. (FNN SPORTS) – The Tampa Bay Lightning had an auspicious performance versus the Florida Panthers in the exhibition game last week and some of the momentum carried over to their red robin game against the Washington Capitals. The Bolts are a skilled unit and Cooper is a logistical coach, a combination which takes Tampa far. The Lightning get shaken up against physical teams like Washington and this match-up was nothing short of physical, but the Bolts came to play.

Tampa hit the ice controlling most of the first period, displaying strong neutral zone play and the top line was at it again. Point had game, skating with speed and precision, applying plenty of pressure to the Caps. With roughly seven minutes left in the first period, Washington lost control of their offensive progression up the ice and Point took full advantage of it, charging after the puck, getting a pass off to Kucherov to do what he does best: using his unique puck handling skills to seal and unstoppable goal on Holtby.

Blake Coleman answered a few questions during the first intermission and mentioned that Point and Kucherov were leading the charge in the first period and the team needed to follow their lead. Coleman and Goodrow are working well on the third line and beginning to build some chemistry. Goodrow had a decent amount of ice time and made his presence known in some keys plays. But the second period performance goes to the Capitals. Although Tampa’s Stephens scored first about eight minutes into the period, the Caps upped the physicality to make a comeback with 2:36 left in the second. Panik finished off a goal that slid between Vasy’s pads, making the game 2-1. Then, with just 27.1 seconds left in the period, lefty shooter Evgeny Kuznetsov tied up the game.

Third period went 0-0 in goals, but the guys battled it out trying to avoid overtime. Zach Bogosian, the Lightning’s new addition, played a good game and was a strong body on the ice for the Bolts. Surely we’ll see more of him through playoffs. As the clock winded down, overtime in the red robin games apply the regular season overtime rules. 3 v 3 had no success, so off to shootouts the teams went. After two big saves from Vasy with a .917 save percentage and a goal from Kucherov and Point, Tampa took a 3-2 victory.

The Bolts with take on Boston Wednesday at 4pm and if they manage the Bruins the way they did they Capitals, they could be staring down another win.

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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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