You can see Mikhail Sergachev’s confidence growing with each shift. The 19-year-old rookie, scoreless in his first seven games, now has four goals in his past three, including the second goal in Tuesday’s win. He just missed another on a high shot that bounced off Scott Darling’s shoulder.
Tampa Bay’s penalty kill is also on a tear, killing off 10 of 11 opposing power plays in the past three games, including a 4-for-4 effort Tuesday against Carolina. The Lightning’s power play came in tied for fourth in the NHL and produced a goal on its only opportunity in the first two periods.
Don’t take the Lightning’s strong attendance for granted. Carolina won a Stanley Cup in 2006 but hasn’t made the playoffs in the past nine seasons, and it shows in the stands. It’s 30th out of 31 teams in attendance, averaging just 13,286, and it didn’t look close to that Tuesday.