The Bolt Stops Here

Justin Haas

By: Luke Finlay


Two words. Not pretty. This game had its short ups for the Lightning and its long downs. Nothing seemed to go their way tonight as Connor McDavid had a 4 goal night. Yes, you read that right, he had 4 goals. Let’s take a look at how it all unfolded.


1ST Period

From the look of the bench and at Jon Cooper, you could see the energy the Lighting wanted to come out with. Ultimately they did, but it wouldn’t last long as Nikita Kucherov was called for a slashing penalty just under 2 minutes in the game. Unfortunately the Edmonton Oilers would score, and Connor McDavid would tally his 1st of 4 goals on this long night. Later in the period, Alex Killorn would orchestrate a play to get into the offensive zone, and he would ultimately score the Lightning’s first goal of the night, to get him his 6th point in 3 games, with 3 goals and 3 assists. A few minutes later, Steven Stamkos would get called for tripping and the Oilers would go on their 2nd power play of the 1st period. Yes, they scored again, and this time it was Drake Cagiula. Finally, within the final minute of the period the Lightning would get their first power play of the night and it would carry on into the 2nd period.

Score: 2-1 Oilers

Shots: 13-11 Oilers


2ND Period

The Lightning would start off with a power play to start off the 2nd and unfortunately they wouldn’t convert on their first power play of the night. A little later the man himself Connor McDavid would make them pay as he rockets past Matthew Peca and pots his 2nd goal off the night, making the Oilers lead 2, as they go up 3-1. Later on in the period the Oilers would get another odd man rush and score as Pakarinen makes it a 3 goal game and gives the Oilers a 4-1 lead. Nothing much happened as the period would end 4-1.

Score: 4-1 Oilers

Shots: 26-15 Oilers


3RD Period

The Lightning as usual come out with energy in the 3rd as Yanni Gourde puts one home off a rebound which gives the Lightning a little glare of hope as the Oilers lead is cut to 4-2. After this things got ugly. With the Lightning at full strength, a pass goes towards the blue line for Sergachev to receive a pass. Unfortunately, the puck was bouncing and Sergachev couldn’t handle it as the man, the myth, the legend Connor McDavid steals it and gets his first hat trick against the Lightning as the Oilers lead goes up to 5-2. With less than 5 minutes to go in the period and a bobbling puck hits the skate of Kunitz and the Oilers go up 6-2. How could i forget? The goal was credited to Connor McDavid for his 4th of the night.

Final Score: 6-2 Oilers.

Shots: 35-34 Oilers


Final Strike and What’s Next

You win some and you lose some unfortunately the Bolts loss this one BIG. A game where nothing seemed to go right and McDavid did not help any as he scored 4 goals. For the next game, the Lightning are finally coming home Thursday to face the Vancouver Canucks at 7:30 eastern time.


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