It’s been quite a while since the Tampa Bay Lightning played a game this dominant.
The Lightning held the Winnipeg Jets to just 14 shots on goal for the entire 60 minutes of regulation, dominating shots, shot attempts, and scoring chances in Winnipeg’s barn. The final score may not indicate just how poorly Winnipeg played, but the truth is the Lightning deserve a lot of credit for their relentless, well executed attack that had the Jets hemmed in all night long, completely unable to cleanly break out of their own end or create anything whatsoever at 5v5.
The Bolts finished with a 64.7% Corsi For and a 69.0% Fenwick for, as only two players for the Jets managed to not be below 50% Corsi (both James Wright and Eric Tangradi were at exactly 50% with very limited bottom-6 minutes) and only B.J. Crombeen was sub-50% for the Bolts (at an awful 28.6%). Perhaps the string of healthy scratches for Crombeen was a good move by head Coach Jon Cooper; while Crombeen certainly offers more as a defensive and penalty kill forward than a true goon, he was getting absolutely crushed territorially in a game the Lightning otherwise handled easily.
As for scoring chances, like the shot and shot attempts numbers, they heavily favor the Lightning. Overall chances for the game were 24-9 in favor of the Lightning, so the final score really doesn’t reflect just how awful the Jets were. Furthermore, Ondrej Pavelec’s .906 SV% in this game is a bit misleading when you consider he faced 20+ high quality shots at the net from a dangerous scoring area.
Every single player on the Lightning had a positive even-strength scoring chance differential, paced by Nikita Kucherov (+8/-2) who was all over the ice. The Jets had no answer for the speed and energy throughout the Lightning lineup and every Winnipeg skater had a negative scoring chance differential, with the Bolts doing most of their damage against Zach Bogosian (+3/-9). Add to that that 3 of Winnipeg’s 9 chances came at either 5v4 or 5v3, and you have a recipe for the even-strength disaster the fans at MTS Centre had to watch.
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