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Roger Mooney's takeaways from Saturday's Lightning-Penguins game

Roger Mooney's takeaways from Saturday's Lightning-Penguins game”

How were the Lightning able to beat the Penguins so badly? The Lightning have been red hot as well despite losing their last outing to the Devils in a shootout.

Yanni Gourde and Brayden Point each had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay. He leads the National Hockey League with 18 points. He has a goal in all but one game this season and points in all nine. Stralman made it 5-0 at 5:58 before Kucherov scored his 10th of the season at 7:12.

As the first team to reach 15 points, Tampa Bay remains the top team in the National Hockey League standings.

One of the keys to having success in a back-to-back situation, coach Mike Sullivan said over the first few weeks of the season, is discipline in all its forms.

Still, the Pens have superstars Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel and a host of other really good players on their roster, and the Lightning just defeated them by six goals, tied for the third-largest margin of victory all-time in Bolts history. And when it had the puck, it seemed to score at will against Antti Niemi, the Penguins' backup goalie. He's given up two goals or less in four of his five starts this season.

Kucherov did the honors, using Brian Dumoulin as a screen and snapping off a shot from right faceoff circle 96 seconds into the game to make it 1-0. "With the amount of penalties that get called, penalty killing and power play, usually if you win that battle, you've got a really good chance of winning the game".

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets aren't usually two teams that people think of as powerhouses in the National Hockey League, but this year, both teams have shown that they can not be taken lightly by anyone.

Kucherov scored his first of the night 1:36 in to the game on the power play while Stamkos made it 2-0 at 14:16 of the first period.

Tampa Bay netted three power-play goals for the first time this season. Andrei Vasilevskiy is 5-1 in net for Tampa with a 3.00 GAA and a.914 save percentage. But Vasilevskiy dived toward the goal post and raised his glove in the air in time to block the shot.

In the second period, Tampa Bay scored three goals that were decidedly more stoppable than the ones they scored in the first.



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