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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Lightning 6, Rangers 3

Radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin recaps the Lightning's 6-3 win over the Rangers

by Dave Mishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

In their 7-1 victory over Colorado on Saturday, the Lightning delivered one of their most complete performances of the regular season. This one wasn't as complete - Jon Cooper conceded that there were "holes in our game" - but the Lightning still prevailed, winning their seventh straight.

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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Lightning 7, Avalanche 1

Radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin recaps the Lightning's 7-1 win over the Avalanche on Saturday

by Dave Mishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning entered this game as the top point team in the East. The Avalanche were tied with Nashville for the most points in the West. In a matchup between these Conference-leading clubs, the Lightning won a laugher.

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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Lightning 3, Bruins 2

Lightning radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin recaps the Bolts' 3-2 win over the Bruins on Thursday

by Dave Mishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

This was a game of big momentum swings in which one team dominated play for long stretches. It was also a contest in which both clubs forechecked effectively in the offensive zone and, conversely, struggled with turnovers in the defensive zone. In the end, the Lightning emerged victorious because they broke a 1-1 tie with two goals early in the third during one of their strong segments. The Bruins got one back late in the frame, but thanks to some strong saves from Louis Domingue in the closing minutes, the Lightning won their fifth straight game.

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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Lightning 6, Red Wings 5 - SO

Lightning radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin recaps the Bolts' 6-5 shootout victory over the Red Wings

by Dave Mishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

Here are the key takeaways from one of the more memorable games so far this season.

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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Lightning 5, Devils 1

Lightning radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin recaps Tampa Bay's 5-1 win over the Devils

by Dave Mishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

This was a solid, workmanlike victory for the Lightning. They withstood an early surge from the opposition, built a multi-goal lead before the end of the first period, then effectively managed the final 40 minutes to secure a regular season series sweep of the Devils.

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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Lightning 5, Panthers 4 - OT

Lightning radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin recaps the Bolts' 5-4 overtime victory over the Panthers

by Dave Mishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

Down 4-1 halfway through the game, the Lightning rallied with four unanswered goals. That's the big storyline from this contest, but it wasn't the only one.

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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Lightning 5, Sabres 4

Lightning radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin recaps Tampa Bay's 5-4 win over Buffalo

by Dave Mishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

The fans at Amalie Arena were treated to an entertaining, seesaw contest that featured multiple lead changes and playoff-type intensity. Thanks to a late third period Cedric Paquette tally, the Lightning were able to prevail and end the Sabres' 10-game winning streak. Here are some of the key takeaways.

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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Ducks 3, Lightning 1

Lightning radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin recaps the Bolts' 3-1 loss to the Ducks

by Dave Mishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

Give high marks to the Anaheim Ducks, who played a magnificent game tonight. Their positional play was sound, they were effective with their sticks defensively, they greatly limited turnovers, they were hard on pucks and they used their size and strength to enjoy long, sustained shifts in the offensive zone.

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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Lightning 5, Devils 2

Lightning radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin recaps the Bolts' 5-2 win over the Devils

by Dave Mishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

As they did in the first two games in the homestand, the Lightning again jumped out to a big, early lead and made it stand up. Similar to Friday's contest against Chicago, the Lightning netted four first period goals and took a 4-1 lead into the locker room after 20 minutes. But the two periods weren't identical. Against the 'Hawks, the Lightning dominated puck possession in the opening frame, posted 19 shots and applied relentless pressure. In terms of possession time, this first period was more evenly played. The Lightning outshot the Devils, 11-10, while the Devils actually had an edge in shot attempts, 20-14. But what was similar between the two first periods (besides the score) was the Lightning's ability to execute high-skill plays and finish Grade-A scoring chances. The line of Brayden Point, Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov continues to sizzle - they teamed up on a brilliant passing sequence that resulted in Johnson's goal. Kucherov also set up Point during a first period power play for a goal from the slot. Two other lines also contributed first period goals - Mathieu Joseph's speed on the forecheck forced a turnover from New Jersey goalie Cory Schneider and Alex Killorn banked a shot off Schneider as the netminder was scrambling back into the crease. And the Cedric Paquette line added another goal - Paquette scored from the slot shortly after the Devils had gotten on the board.

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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Lightning 4, Blackhawks 2

Lightning radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin recaps Tampa Bay's 4-2 win over Chicago

by Dave Mishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

Based on how the first period unfolded, a frame in which the Lightning netted four goals, posted 19 shots and generated numerous Grade-A scoring chances, this game looked as though it might turn into a laugher.

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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Lightning 7, Panthers 3

Lightning radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin recaps Tampa Bay's 7-3 win over Florida

by Dave Mishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

Here are some of the components that led to this Lightning victory …

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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Predators 3, Lightning 2

Lightning radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin recaps Tampa Bay's 3-2 loss in Nashville

by Dave Mishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

For the Lightning, this game featured some good - and some not-so-good. First, the not-so-good. The Lightning had two notably rough segments: the second half of the first period and the middle part of the second period. That was when the Lightning struggled mightily with their puck management and the Predators owned most of the puck possession. Nashville's dominant night in the faceoff circle (the Preds won 74 percent of the draws) helped the home team maintain that possession advantage and keep the Lightning pinned back in the defensive zone. The Predators also scored their three goals during those two segments.

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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Lightning 6, Flyers 5 - OT

Lightning radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin recaps Tampa Bay's 6-5 overtime victory over the Flyers on Saturday

by Dave Mishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

Certainly, there's a lot to unpack from this one. So many twists and turns. Early on, Louis Domingue kept his team in the game. Then, in the second period and first half of the third, the Lightning executed some high-level plays to build a 5-1 lead. The Flyers, buoyed by two quick power play goals, regained momentum in the second half of the third and tacked on two more tallies to tie the game. Overtime was wide-open but brief - Anthony Cirelli's determined effort to maintain control of the puck led to his winning goal.

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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Lightning 4, Penguins 3

Lightning radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin recaps the Bolts' 4-3 win over Pittsburgh

by Dave Mishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

There were a few key segments in this topsy-turvy game that led to the Lightning's victory. The Penguins, after grabbing a 2-0 lead, took three separate minor penalties within a 10-second span in the closing moments of the first. The Lightning cashed in on all three opportunities, with Brayden Point recording a natural hat trick and setting a franchise record in the process. Then, after the Pens tied the score at three, the Lightning scored the all-important next goal, a Yanni Gourde power play tally. That turned out to be the game-winner. Finally, in the third period, the Lightning delivered a terrific defensive performance, helping them preserve the 4-3 lead and snap their two-game losing streak.

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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Sabres 2, Lightning 1

Lightning broadcaster Dave Mishkin recaps the Bolts 2-1 loss against Buffalo

by Dave Mishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

This was a goalie win for the Buffalo Sabres. Carter Hutton made 29 saves and held the Lightning to only one goal. His performance helped the Sabres offset a dominant puck possession performance by the Lightning.

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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Senators 6, Lightning 4

Lightning radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin recaps the Bolts' 6-4 loss to the Senators on Saturday

by Dave Mishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

The Ottawa Senators played a spirited game against the Lightning. That was evident from the opening minutes, when they scored two quick goals. Even in the second period, which was the Lightning's strongest, the Sens battled hard and contested pucks all over the ice. And that continued into the decisive third, when the Sens rallied from a 4-2 deficit with four unanswered goals.

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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Lightning 4, Islanders 2

Lightning radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin recaps Tampa Bay's 4-2 win over New York

by Dave Mishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning were able to prevail despite the fact that they endured some rough stretches in this game.

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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Lightning 5, Oilers 2

Lightning radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin recaps Tampa Bay's 5-2 win over Edmonton

by Dave Mishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

This was a hard-fought victory against a quality opponent. The Lightning used a strong start to build an early lead. When the Oilers surged, particularly in the second period, the Lightning leaned on Andrei Vasilevskiy. In the final seven minutes of the frame, the Bolts made a couple of nice plays to open up a 4-1 lead. Then in the third, after the Oilers scored an opening minute power play goal, they got into penalty trouble. The Bolts had four consecutive power plays. The Lightning scored on one of those advantages. Also, the minutes that the Oilers had to spend killing penalties hurt their comeback effort.

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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Lightning 4, Senators 3

Lightning radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin recaps Tampa Bay's 4-3 OT win over the Sens on Sunday night

by Dave Mishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

This come-from-behind triumph had a number of memorable moments. Mathieu Joseph scored his first NHL goal, tying the game at two in the third period. Ryan McDonagh likely saved the game for the Lightning in the final minute, when he took the puck away from Mark Borowiecki before Borowiecki could clear the zone.

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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Lightning 4, Canadiens 1

Lightning radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin recaps Tampa Bay's 4-1 win over the Habs on Saturday night

by Dave Mishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

This game had several twists and turns to it. The Lightning allowed a goal in the opening minute and were under siege for the first half of the first period. But they dominated the second half of the period and came out of the first with a 2-1 lead. The second period was a choppy one for the Bolts, as they ceded most of the puck possession to Montreal. But they didn't allow the Habs to tie the game. Then in the third, the Lightning locked it down and effectively snuffed out the Montreal attack. An opening minute third period tally from Steven Stamkos and a late goal from Yanni Gourde helped them pull away.

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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Predators 4, Lightning 1

Lightning radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin recaps the Bolts' 4-1 loss to the Predators

by Dave Mishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

Clearly, this was much closer than a 4-1 game. Nashville scored two late goals to pull away. It was also a game in which the Lightning, despite the outcome, played quite well. They dictated the action for much of the night and outshot the Preds, 30-9, over the final 40 minutes. But the Lightning didn't get rewarded for all of their good work. The Predators defended hard without the puck and goaltender Pekka Rinne turned aside every Lightning shot but one.

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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Lightning 8, Devils 3

Lightning radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin recaps Tampa Bay's 8-3 win over New Jersey

by Dave Mishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

There were a few factors that led to this Lightning blowout win. First, after a sluggish start, the Lightning found their skating legs and controlled play for much of the night. Their relentless forecheck created big problems for the Devils and led to a number of Lightning scoring chances. Second, their power play produced two important goals during a decisive stretch in the second period, helping them turn a 3-2 lead into a 5-2 advantage. Third, the five-man unit of Brayden Point, Yanni Gourde, Tyler Johnson, Ryan McDonagh and Anton Stralman did a terrific job of containing New Jersey's top line of Nico Hischier, Taylor Hall and Kyle Palmieri. Much of that success stemmed from Point's line possessing the puck in the offensive zone and forcing Hischier's line to play defense.

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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Coyotes 7, Lightning 1

Lightning radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin recaps Tampa Bay's 7-1 loss in Arizona on Saturday

by Dave Mishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

Playing in the final game of a five-game road trip, the second half of a back-to-back and their fifth contest in the last eight days, the Lightning knew this would be a challenging contest against Arizona. Ideally, a team in this situation gets an early lead and avoids having to play from behind. That didn't happen for the Lightning. Arizona jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead and pulled away even more in the final 40 minutes.

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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Lightning 3, Golden Knights 2

Lightning radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin recaps the Bolts' 3-2 win over the Golden Knights on Friday

by Dave Mishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

This was a hard-fought, gritty victory for the Lightning. The Vegas Golden Knights are a fast, tenacious team that feeds off the energy of its home crowd. For a good portion of the first and third periods, the Golden Knights came at the Lightning in waves. But the Lightning hung in there and defended hard in front of Andrei Vasilevskiy, who provided his team with key saves when needed. They also navigated their way through more than half the game without Victor Hedman, who was injured early in the second period. Later, Ondrej Palat also left with an injury. But the Lightning persevered. In addition to goaltending and team defense, they used some timely offense in the first period and a dominant second period to help them earn their third straight victory.

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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Lightning 1, Avalanche 0

Lightning radio broadcaster recaps Tampa Bay's 1-0 win over the Avalanche

by Dave Mishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

This was an outstanding team win for the Lightning. They received contributions from everyone. Against one of the hottest teams in the league with one of the hottest lines in the league, Andrei Vaslievskiy earned the shutout with 23 saves. But he also received plenty of support from his teammates. The Lightning defended hard, managed the puck well and, especially in the final 40 minutes, limited the amount of time that the Avs applied pressure. But it wasn't just the players. Video coaches Nigel Kirwan and Brian Garlock quickly alerted the bench that Jon Cooper should challenge a first period Colorado goal because Tyson Jost was offside. Thanks to that successful challenge, the Colorado goal was taken off the board.

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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Lightning 6, Blackhawks 3

Lightning radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin recaps Tampa Bay's 6-3 win over Chicago

by Dave Mishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

Obviously, the big storyline from this game was the Lightning's record-setting second period. Their 33 shots on goal in the middle stanza set an NHL record for shots in a period. Three of those shots went in the net, helping the Lightning build a 4-1 lead after two periods. But another significant segment in the game occurred earlier. After tying the game at one with Alexandre Fortin's goal, Chicago posted 13 shots on net in the final eight minutes of the first period. Louis Domingue stopped them all, including a highlight reel pad-stacking save on Patrick Kane. Domingue's work kept the game tied at one after 20 minutes and set the stage for the Lightning's second period onslaught.

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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Wild 5, Lightning 4 - OT

Lightning radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin recaps the Bolts' overtime loss to the Wild on Saturday

by Dave Mishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

This game was certainly a mixed bag for the Lightning. On the one hand, they squandered a 3-1 lead. After a terrific first period, they weren't able to maintain that level in the final 40 minutes (Minnesota's elevated play after the first had something do to with it, of course).

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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Lightning 3, Red Wings 1

Lightning radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin recaps the Bolts' 3-1 win over the Red Wings

by Dave Mishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

This was an impressive win for the Lightning. The Red Wings were seeking their first win of the season after opening with an 0-4-2 record. They were coming off consecutive losses of 8-2 and 7-3. They had had two days to stew on that second defeat. So not surprisingly, they played a spirited, passionate, hungry game.

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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Lightning 4, Hurricanes 2

Lightning radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin recaps Tampa Bay's 4-2 victory over the Hurricanes

by Dave Mishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

Under new head coach Rod Brind'Amour, the Carolina Hurricanes have gotten off to an impressive start. Heading into Tuesday's contest at Amalie Arena, the Hurricanes had gone 4-1-1, had outshot their opponents in every game, had eclipsed 30 shots in all of those games and had reached 40 or more shots in four of the six. They play with pace and, as their high shot total would indicate, funnel a lot of pucks to the opposition net.

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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Lightning 8, Blue Jackets 2

Lightning radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin recaps Tampa Bay's 8-2 win over the Blue Jackets

by Dave Mishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

After recording a total of two goals and going a combined 0-8 on the power play in their first two games, the Lightning erupted for eight goals (including four on the power play) against Columbus.

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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Canucks 4, Lightning 1

Lightning radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin recaps Tampa Bay's 4-1 loss to Vancouver

by Dave Mishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

As we saw last Saturday, when Andrei Vasilevskiy made 42 saves for the Lightning and helped his team rally for a shootout victory over Florida, a goaltender can neutralize an opponent's flow-of-play advantage. A goalie had a similar impact in the Lightning's second game but in this instance it was Vancouver's Anders Nilsson.

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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Lightning 2, Panthers 1 - SO

Lightning radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin recaps Tampa Bay's 2-1 win over the Panthers

by Dave Mishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

This was a game that featured some strong moments for the Lightning, but also rough patches. It contained three markedly different periods. In the first, the Panthers outplayed the Lightning and grabbed a 1-0 lead. The Lightning reversed that script in the second and controlled much of the action. But they couldn't find the equalizing goal. Then in the third period, the Lightning got into penalty trouble and spent much of the first 12 and a half minutes shorthanded. During that time, the Panthers generated a number of dangerous chances, but also surrendered a shorthanded goal to Anthony Cirelli. During the closing minutes of regulation, the Lightning pushed back and once again enjoyed the run of play. After a wide-open overtime didn't determine a winner, the Lightning got shootout goals from J.T. Miller and Nikita Kucherov to earn the extra point.

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