Domingue’s key save is a big stretch
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.
“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.