Domingue’s key save is a big stretch

Tampa Bay Times - - Nhl - BY DIANA C. NEARHOS AND NICK KELLY Times Staff Writ­ers

TAMPA — It looked like David Pas­tr­nak had Louis Domingue beat. The Bru­ins wing went fore­hand-back­hand-fore­hand, and just as the Light­ning goalie com­mit­ted his body weight to the far post, Pas­tr­nak switched to the back­hand at the near post.

Domingue stretched out his right leg, and even with mo­men­tum car­ry­ing him in the op­po­site di­rec­tion, got his skate to the post and his pad on the puck.

It pre­vented the Bru­ins from tak­ing a 2-1 lead into the first in­ter­mis­sion in a game the Light­ning went on to win 3-2 Thurs­day.

“Pretty lucky,” Domingue said. “I prob­a­bly should have known I didn’t have the room to cut to his fore­hand. Then he was go­ing to go to his back­hand. It was a lucky save, but some­times you have to be lucky to be good.”

It wasn’t luck that helped Domingue make the save. It was con­tin­u­ing to read the play and re­act­ing.

Here are some oth­ers odds and ends from the game, with the Light­ning re­turn­ing to ac­tion tonight against the Avalanche at Amalie Arena: • An­thony Cirelli’s win­ning goal doesn’t hap­pen with­out Steven Stamkos. With­out a stick, Stamkos blocked a shot, then laid out and bat­ted the puck to­ward the blue line. The puck went off Pas­tr­nak’s stick, and Cirelli chased down the loose puck and moved in on a break­away to give the Light­ning a 3-1 lead with 15:57 left in the third pe­riod.

• A quick line change led to Math­ieu Joseph’s goal in the third. At the start of the third pe­riod, the Light­ning moved Joseph from the fourth line to the third. About two min­utes in, Joseph broke a 1-1 tie.

• Five straight vic­to­ries is the Light­ning’s long­est win­ning streak of the sea­son. It won four straight from Nov. 3-8. It has also won eight of its past nine. And the Light­ning has done it with­out goal­tender An­drei Vasilevskiy, out with a frac­tured left foot. • The Light­ning re­mains atop the league. Its 45 points are its se­cond-best start through 30 games. It had 46 points through 30 games last sea­son. The next few games could lead to a reshuf­fling of the top of the stand­ings. Tampa Bay faces Colorado, No. 4, and Toronto, No. 2, in the next week.

• Bray­den Point en­tered Fri­day tied for the league lead in goals at 21 with the Jets’ Pa­trik Laine and the Cap­i­tals’ Alex Ovechkin. • The Light­ing leads the league in goals scored with 115. It also leads the league with a 3.9 goalsper-game av­er­age.

• With an as­sist against the Bru­ins, Alex Kil­lorn be­came the ninth Light­ning player to reach dou­ble dig­its in as­sists this sea­son.

Pho­tos by DIRK SHADD | Times

“It was a lucky save,” goalie Louis Domingue says of this se­quence against the Bru­ins’ David Pas­tr­nak in the first pe­riod.

The Light­ning’s An­thony Cirelli is all busi­ness right af­ter scor­ing what ends up be­ing the win­ning goal against the Bru­ins. The goal was the prod­uct of a Steven Stamkos block and clear at­tempt.

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