It’s too easy to say the force was with the Lightning on Star Wars Night, though that line was heard often around the arena before the game. But RW Nikita Kucherov snapped a six-game goalless drought and C Tyler Johnson a career-long 15-game drought, so maybe there was something to that.
Jon Cooper continued to juggle the lines, dropping Kucherov to the second line and moving Johnson to the line with Steven Stamkos and Vladislav Namestnikov. Cooper started juggling the lines late in the Bruins game Wednesday. As Stamkos said, when you’re struggling, you try to change things up.
Stamkos said the plan was to get off to a fast start and jump on the Sharks the way the Bruins did to the Lightning on Wednesday. The Lightning sort of did that, gaining a 9-1 shot advantage through the first seven minutes and a 31-16 advantage after two periods. But the score was 1-1 after two.