Burns: Three things we learned from the Lightning's shutout in Toronto
Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps Tampa Bay's 2-0 win over Toronto
Recap: TBL 2, TOR 0
Vasilevskiy, Lightning blank Maple Leafs, 2-0
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 29 saves for his second consecutive shutout, while Cedric Paquette and Alex Killorn scored in a 2-0 win against Toronto
The Tampa Bay Lightning started 2018 the same way they ended 2017:
With a road shutout victory on the back of goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy
Tampa Bay's showdown on Tuesday with the Maple Leafs in Toronto had all the makings of a playoff preview. The Lightning have been the best team in the Atlantic Division, nay the entire NHL, for the length of the season. Toronto was nipping at the Bolts' heels for a good part of the season and entered Tuesday's tilt tied for second place in the Atlantic with Boston.
Burns: 3 Things we learned from shutting out the Blue Jackets
Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts 5-0 win in Columbus
The Tampa Bay Lightning closed out 2017 in style, shutting out the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second time this season at Nationwide Arena in a dominating 5-0 performance.
The Lightning continue to show resiliency after losses. Following a disappointing 5-3 defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday to end the Bolts' eight-game home win streak, Tampa Bay responded with one of its most commanding performances of the season. The Lightning outshot Columbus 35-21, including a 23-6 advantage in a second period in which the Bolts took complete control.
Burns: Three things we learned from a loss to Philly
Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps Tampa Bay's 5-3 loss to the Flyers
The Tampa Bay Lightning were on the verge of setting a new franchise record for consecutive wins at home entering Friday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers, the second half of a back-to-back set for both teams.
The Bolts had won eight in a row at AMALIE Arena, tied for the third-longest home win streak in team history. The franchise record of 10 was within sight.
Unfortunately, the Lightning weren't able to overcome sloppy, uninspired play in a 5-3 loss to the Flyers.
Burns: 3 Things from a shootout win against Ottawa
Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts 4-3 shootout win vs. Ottawa
Tampa Bay's 4-3 shootout win over Ottawa at AMALIE Arena on Thursday won't win any awards for beautiful-constructed goals or stand-on-your-head goaltending.
Resilience, however, the Lightning had that covered.
Tampa Bay rallied three separate times from a one-goal deficit to defeat the Senators and win its eighth game out of its last nine. The Lightning never led Ottawa until the very end when Steven Stamkos' Third Round shootout attempt beat Senators goaltender Craig Anderson.
Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts 4-3 loss to Vegas
Recap | VGK 4, TBL 3
Recap | Golden Knights 4, Lightning 3
Caley Chelios recaps the Lightning's 4-3 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights
The Tampa Bay Lightning were attempting something Tuesday they'd only achieved once before in franchise history:
Winning every game on a road trip of four or more games
The Bolts bulldozed the St. Louis Blues to start the trip, winning in a building they hadn't tasted victory since the 2009-10 season. The Lightning followed with a 4-1 victory over Arizona and then held on to defeat Colorado 6-5 on Saturday.
Tampa Bay needed only to defeat expansion Vegas in the first-ever meeting between the two teams to complete the road sweep.
Unfortunately, the Lightning penalty kill was victimized by four goals, the final one coming with 2.3 seconds remaining, in a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to the Golden Knights.
Burns: 3 Things we learned from the Lightning overwhelming the Coyotes
Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts 4-1 win in Arizona
Recap: TBL 4, ARI 1
Lightning beat Coyotes for sixth consecutive win
The Lightning jumped out to a three-goal lead and cruised to their sixth straight win, a 4-1 road victory against the Coyotes
The Tampa Bay Lightning are reaching uncharted territory as they continue to pile up wins in 2017-18.
Following a 4-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Thursday, the Lightning are off to their best start in franchise history with 48 points through 31 games, seven more than the previous record of 41 points through 31 games set during the 2014-15 Stanley Cup Final season.
Burns: 3 things we learned from shutting out the Blues
Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts 3-0 win in St. Louis
Tampa Bay's game in St. Louis, billed as the best in the East versus the best in the West, lost a bit of its luster when Blues' second-leading scorer Jaden Schwartz and top defenseman Alex Pietrangelo were placed on injured reserve prior to the game.
Still, the Lightning hadn't won in St. Louis since the 2009-10 season, going 0-4-1 since. And the Bolts and the Blues were the top teams in the NHL entering Tuesday's matchup.
The Lightning took care of business, leaning on Andrei Vasilevskiy, rapidly emerging as perhaps the best goalie in the NHL, for a 3-0 victory to establish supremacy atop the League standings.
Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts 4-3 win in overtime vs Winnipeg
Recap: WPG 3, TBL 4 - F/OT
Point buries game-winner in Bolts' 4-3 win
Nikita Kucherov tied the game in the 3rd, and Brayden Point's game-winner in overtime lifted the Lightning to a 4-3 win against the Jets
For the first time since the 2015-16 season, the Tampa Bay Lightning have swept a home stand of four or more games.
The Winnipeg Jets were the Bolts' latest victim. On Saturday at AMALIE Arena, the Lightning rallied from deficits of 1-0 and 3-2 to defeat the Jets 4-3 in overtime, Brayden Point netting the game-winner 36 seconds into the extra session.
The Lightning have won four in a row for the third time this season and are one more win from tying their season-long win streak of five set November 11-16.
Burns: Three things we learned from a third-straight win
Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps Tampa Bay's 5-2 win over Colorado
Tampa Bay was reeling after falling in Boston on November 29, the Lightning losing their third game in four contests.
A week later, that bump in the road seems like a distant memory.
On Thursday, the Bolts defeated the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 at AMALIE Arena to win their third-consecutive game. Tampa Bay has outscored opponents 16-6 combined over the three victories and has won each contest by at least three goals. The Lightning continue to own the best record in the NHL and have a League-best 42 points. The Bolts own a five-point lead in the Eastern Conference over second place Toronto.
The Bolts have a chance to go a perfect 4-for-4 on their current home stand on Saturday when they host the Winnipeg Jets, one of the top teams in the Western Conference.
Before looking ahead to that heavyweight matchup, however, let's recap how the Bolts continue to pile up the wins in Three Things we learned from a third-consecutive victory.
Burns: 3 Things we learned from revenge against the Islanders
Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts 6-2 win over the Islanders
A little over two weeks ago, the New York Islanders handed the Tampa Bay Lightning one of their worst (and only) defeats of the season, outplaying the Bolts for two-plus periods and holding off a furious late rally in a 5-3 victory.
The Lightning got their revenge and then some in a 6-2 pasting of the Islanders on Tuesday night.
Yanni Gourde scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, to give him four goals in two games this season against the Isles.
Burns: Three things we learned from sweeping the Sharks
Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps Tampa Bay's 5-2 win over San Jose
The Tampa Bay Lightning hadn't swept a multi-game season series from the San Jose Sharks since the 2002-03 season.
The Bolts had lost four straight at home to the Sharks.
Both of those dubious streaks came to an end on Saturday in Tampa Bay's 5-2 victory over San Jose at AMALIE Arena.
The Bolts exploded for four goals in the third period, turning a 1-1 nailbiter into a runaway win. The hard-fought victory came at an important time for the Lightning too, coming off their worst stretch of the season after dropping three of four during a post-Thanksgiving road trip.
The Lightning "played much better (Saturday night) than any time on the road," according to head coach Jon Cooper.
What went right for the Bolts against San Jose?
We'll recap the main takeaways in Three Things we learned from sweeping San Jose.
Burns: Three things we learned from an overtime win over Chicago
Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts' 3-2 win over Chicago
The Tampa Bay-Chicago matchup has been one of the more exciting games on the Lightning schedule over the last couple of years.
Wednesday's thriller at AMALIE Arena was no exception.
The Lightning spotted the Blackhawks two goals in the first period, then began the long journey of rallying from the deficit, Ondrej Palat scoring shorthanded in the second period and Chris Kunitz netting the game-tying goal 31 seconds into the third period.
Brayden Point's overtime game-winner, his second OT goal of the season, completed the comeback for the Bolts.
The Lightning enter Thanksgiving with the best record in the NHL at 16-3-2 and the best record in franchise history.
What made win No. 16 possible?
We'll look at Three Things that allowed the Lightning to come away with both points against the Blackhawks.
Burns: 3 Things from a Lightning loss to the Islanders
Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts 5-3 loss to the New York Islanders
Lightning fall to Islanders, 5-3
TBL Recap: Lightning comeback bid falls just short
Yanni Gourde netted two goals in the 3rd to help bring the Lightning within a goal, but their rally fell short in a 5-3 loss to the Islanders
In jumping out to a 15-2-2 record through the first 19 games of the season, the Tampa Bay Lightning have gotten off to fast starts in games, been opportunistic with the puck around the opponent's net and have played a sound, structured defensive game.
The Lightning accomplished none of those things in a 5-3 loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday at AMALIE Arena.
Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns examines the key trends from the Bolts two wins in California
Recap | Postgame TBL 5, LAK 2
4 goal 1st period leads Bolts over the Kings
Caley Chelios recaps the Lightning's 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.
Before embarking on a three-games-in-five-days road trip through California, Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said his team was about to face its strongest test yet playing three physical, powerful Western Conference squads.
So far, Cooper's troops have risen to the challenge.
Tampa Bay opened the West Coast swing on Wednesday with a commanding 5-1 victory over a San Jose Sharks team riding a four-game winning streak. A day later, the Bolts were even more impressive in shutting down the second-best team in the Western Conference points-wise, the Los Angeles Kings, 5-2 while playing the second half of a back-to-back.
Burns: Three things from a shootout win over Columbus
The Bolts couldn't hold onto a third period lead but rallied to knock off Columbus in a shootout
The Tampa Bay Lightning let a two-goal third period lead slip away at AMALIE Arena Saturday night, but the Bolts recovered to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets in a shootout 5-4, Steven Stamkos converting the only shootout attempt to net the game-winner.
At times, the Bolts looked capable of pulling away for a comfortable victory over the Blue Jackets. But Columbus was resilient, outplaying the Lightning over the final 20 minutes of regulation to earn a point and force overtime.
Tampa Bay collected three of four points on its two-game homestand and now heads to California next week for three games against the Sharks, Kings and Ducks.
The Lightning improve to a NHL-best 11-2-2, and, with 24 points, are off to their best start through 15 games in franchise history.
How did they collect win No. 11?
We'll take a closer look in Three Things we learned from outlasting the Blue Jackets.