Roger Mooney’s takeaways from the Lightning’s win over the Canadiens

Nikita Kucherov celebrates with Steven Stamkos after tying the score at 2 against the Canadiens in the third period. (Associated Press)
Nikita Kucherov celebrates with Steven Stamkos after tying the score at 2 against the Canadiens in the third period. (Associated Press)
Published March 10
Updated March 10

1. It was good to see Nikita Kucherov score in the shootout. Actually, it was good to see someone else besides Brayden Point and Steven Stamkos score in the shootout for the Lightning this season. They were the only two who had until Kucherov. You'd think more would have had success given the skilled shooters on the roster.

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2. I have a feeling J.T. Miller will be a big plus for the Lightning down the stretch and into the postseason. He brings elements that were missing, namely a little size (listed at 6 feet 1, 218 pounds) and a lot of moxie, never bad things when games turn physical in the playoffs. Also, he has jumped in and contributed to the offense.

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3. With Peter Budaj close to returning from an ankle injury, the Lightning has two backup goalies capable of providing down time for Andrei Vasilevskiy. The Lightning could keep Budaj and Louis Domingue, which would afford Vasilevskiy games and practices off. Keeping Vasilevskiy fresh is key for a long postseason run.

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