Greg Auman's takeaways from Tuesday's Lightning-Hurricanes game

Annette Crawford
October 25, 2017

On Thursday night, the Lightning come home to Amalie Arena to take on the Detroit Red Wings. The Tampa Bay Lighting have allowed two or less goals in four of their last five games.

Individually, their hot start are notable, but combined they're even more noteworthy: Stamkos and Kucherov are just the second teammates to have season-opening nine-game point streaks in the last 24 seasons, joining the former Blues duo of Doug Weight and Pavol Demitra in 2001-02.

On the ensuing power play, Nikita Kucherov scored and Crosby's first visit out of the sin bin was to let Rank know what he thought about the call. After the loss in Sunrise the second game of the season where the Lightning were outshot 48-30, the Lightning held a players only meeting and and that meeting has set the course for the 6-0-1 streak that the Lightning are now riding. He just missed another on a high shot that bounced off Scott Darling's shoulder.

Cooper had said he didn't want to have any players "stapled to the bench", but the coach was hesitant to change his lineup much as well as the team has been playing. "We ended up 0-for-4 and best power play was probably our last one". 2, Tampa Bay, Stamkos 3 (Namestnikov, Kucherov), 14:16 (pp). The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 19.2 percent of their power play opportunities. With a one goal lead for much of the third period, the Lightning were playing defense with little rest to clear the puck.

"I personally think I have a lot of improving to do", Stamkos said. "There were a lot of bodies in there and it ended up going in".

The Lightning scored two empty net goals in the final three minutes to double up the lead on the Hurricanes. It's seemingly only a matter of time before Stamkos begins to find the back of the net - a scary thing to consider for the league's 30 other teams given the Lightning's offensive output in the early going. The Hurricanes went to sleep with four seconds remaining, allowing Nikita Kucherov to score, extending his point streak to 10 games.

Johnson scored first for Tampa Bay with 35 seconds left in the first period and with 5 seconds left on a holding penalty to Justin Williams. "They have a lot of speed and a lot of skill on that team". Their line is so talented, and now so good at lighting the lamp, that teams are bound to focus more and more on those two players, creating opportunities for everyone else. "We have to puck-manage better and be better defensively against this team".

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