TAMPA BAY, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – In the first home game of 2020, the Lightning returned home with a seven-game win streak under their belt and prepped to host the Vancouver Canucks in hopes to extend their streak. The first period opened up in a mild manner, with both teams trying to find their footing and both goalies making significant saves. It wasn’t until under the final two minutes of the first period that a goal was finally scored. Getting on the board first was Vancouver, thanks to Elias Pettersson.
Heading into the first intermission down 1-0 to the Canucks, the Bolts must have had a motivating pep talk. The second period opened up and in less than five minutes, Hedman found Palat, Palat found Johnson and Johnson found the net for his 10th goal of the season. Tying up the game fueled the Lightning, and after another five minutes of play in the second period Point set up Stamkos to score his 17th goal of the season. Vancouver’s Eriksson tied up the game in response to Stamkos’s goal, but it was Alex Killorn’s speedy unassisted goal that ignited the Bolts to floor the gas. The Lightning solidified three goals in under a minute. Verhaeghe took the Bolts to four goals, then Kucherov knocked the score up to 5-2, and with 1:58 left in the second period, Cernak with a slap shot closed the period with a 6-2 lead.
Third period meant three more goals for the Lighting. After the attack the Lightning led against the Canucks goalie in the second, it was clear they got in his head. The Bolts defense and exemplary goalie Vasilevskiy stepped up, holding the Canucks off from any scoring opportunities, creating a lot of frustration for Vancouver, which showed. Brayden Point relentlessly shooting on goal scored top shelf 4:37 into the third period and then it turned into the Verhaeghe show as Carter Verhaeghe got two more goals for the Lightning projecting the score to a 9-2 lead and gifting the audience with his first NHL hat trick. The fans began tossing their hats into the rink in celebration of Verhaeghe’s successful night and career milestone.
The playoff conversation is beginning to sing a different tune for Tampa Bay. Now with an eight-game winning streak the Lightning set their eyes and intentions to make the streak nine as they host the Arizona Coyotes at 7pm Thursday evening.
Kasey Hudson is the Sports Associate Editor for Florida National News. | email@example.com
VIDEO: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rookie Safety Chris Izien Talks 27-17 Win Over Chicago Bears
TAMPA BAY, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie safety Chris Izien spoke with the press following the Buccaneers’ 10-point win over the Chicago Bears Sunday.
Izien, who made a clutch interception late in Sunday’s match, is already making history early in his career. With his previous interception in the Buccaneers 20-17 win at Minnesota last week, Izien is one of only four players in the NFL who have multiple interceptions already, prior to the games on Monday night.
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Jaguars Fall to Chiefs 17-9
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Florida National News) – The Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1) lost to the Kansas City Chiefs (1-1) in their first home game of the season at the newly renamed EverBank Stadium. The Jags also lost to the Chiefs in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs to end last season. Chiefs TE Travis Kelce returned to the field after missing week one with a knee injury. Jaguars RB JaMycal Hasty did not play today, as he was on the inactive list with an unspecified injury.
On the first drive of the game, QB Trevor Lawrence surpassed 8,000 passing yards for his career. He’s currently in fifth place all-time in team history, behind Byron Leftwich’s 9,042 yards. The first scoring drive of the game ended with a 32 yard K Brandon McManus field goal a couple of minutes into the second quarter, putting the Jags up 3-0. Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes had the first touchdown pass of the game, with a 9 yard completion to WR Skyy Moore, followed by a K Harrison Butker extra point, to put the Chiefs up 7-3 with just 27 seconds before halftime. The Jaguars made the most of the time remaining, setting up Brandon McManus to add a 49 yard field goal, narrowing their deficit to 7-6 at the half.
In the third quarter, Patrick Mahomes found Travis Kelce in the end zone for a 9 yard touchdown pass. Harrison Butker added the extra point, to put the Chiefs ahead 14-6.
The Jaguars early 4th quarter scoring drive ended with a 22 yard Brandon McManus field goal, to make the score 14-9. Harrison Butker later added a 38 yard field goal putting the Chiefs up 17-9.
Trevor Lawrence finished with 216 yards but no touchdowns. Travis Etienne Jr. led the Jaguars’ rushing with 40 yards. Christian Kirk was the leading receiver with 110 yards.
Today’s attendance was 69,615. The Houston Texans will be in Jacksonville Sunday, 9/24, to face the Jags. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Be sure to follow www.FloridaSportsChannel.com and www.FloridaNationalNews.com for more.
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