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NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning Fall 4-3 in OT to Carolina Hurricanes on the Road

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The Carolina Hurricanes overpowered the Tampa Bay Lightning at PNC Arena Sunday, October 6, 2019. Photo: NHL.

RALEIGH, N.C. (FNN SPORTS) – The Lightning and the Hurricanes were both coming off road games the night before meeting in Carolina for their first regular season match up. At the start of the first period, Carolina came out skating fast and applying the offensive pressure to their former teammate, Curtis McElhinney, who split playing time in the goal for the Hurricanes last season.

Although Gemel Smith won the face-off against Lucas Wallmark 1:54 into the first period, the Hurricanes got on the board when Brett Pesce shot off a pass from Brock McGinn. A little over a minute later, Tampa’s Victor Hedman passed the puck to Tyler Johnson, who responded to Carolina’s goal with a slap shot, tying up the game 1-1. The Hurricanes have already shown that they are a fast-paced team that can cause opposing teams to lose composure and fail to set their own rhythm, and the Bolts immediately realized they needed to pick up the pace. As the period continued, Sergachev found Shattenkirk to assist with a needed goal, placing Tampa Bay ahead 2-1. Then, with 2:16 left in the period, Stamkos netted an unassisted goal.

The Lightning carried their momentum into the 2nd period until Erik Haula’s successful backhand in a Carolina power play goal. The 2nd consisted a lot of pressure on the Bolts defensive men and goalie. With 7:12 left in the 3rd period, Dougie Hamilton put a slap shot in the Bolts goal, tying up the game.

As the Lightning fought to not let this game go into overtime, they still struggled to pick up offensively or set up any executable plays. The frustration continued as the Lighting and the Hurricanes took the game into overtime. Carolina forced their first two games into OT which ended in their favor, and last night was no exception as the Hurricanes were first on the board in OT, securing them the win.

It was a tough loss for Tampa, but Tyler Johnson and Curtis McElhinney had similar postgame comments regarding their struggle to score and create offensive opportunities. Although the Bolts will still be awarded one point, they now have their eyes set on Toronto as they continue their extended road schedule.

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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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Forward Brandon Hagel. Photo: NHL.

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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