There were some clear storylines that came out of this win. In a matchup between two teams that were riding seven-game winning streaks, the Lightning emerged victorious. They tied franchise records by netting nine goals in the game and six goals in a period. Carter Verhaeghe posted his first career NHL hat trick. The Lightning broke open a 2-2 contest with four goals in the final five minutes of the second period - the goals came in a 2:55 span.
But maybe the biggest takeaway was this. The Lightning played the sort of game they've produced regularly over the past two months - they dominated puck possession, won the majority of puck battles, and defended hard in front of their own net. They played this way when the game was scoreless, after they fell behind by a goal, when they rallied in the second to take a 2-1 lead, and when they erupted for the four quick goals late in the period. Impressively, they maintained it even when they owned a big lead in the third. But even then, they didn't take their foot off the gas pedal.
Of course, their sound, overall game led to some chances around the Vancouver net and they finished those with great efficiency. They also scored two goals directly off faceoffs - incidentally, both of those Brayden Point wins came against Jay Beagle, who is one of the top faceoff men in the league.
The Lightning did have one tough stretch late in the first period - an untimely turnover led to Elias Pettersson's in-alone chance and goal with 1:02 left. They struggled with turnovers on the subsequent shift and almost yielded another goal to Antoine Roussel in the closing seconds. Vasilevskiy stopped that shot, keeping the deficit at one. But as a whole, the Lightning greatly limited mistakes, playing well both with and without the puck.
Next up is Arizona on Thursday, the second of only three home games the Lightning have on the schedule this month.
Lightning Radio Three Stars of the Game (as selected by Caley Chelios):
- Carter Verhaeghe - Lightning. Hat trick.
- Brayden Point - Lightning. Goal and three assists.
- Alex Killorn - Lightning. Goal.