TAMPA—The Lightning declared Thursday Law Enforcement Appreciation Night and honored law enforcement members in multiple ways.
Tampa Police Corporal Sonja Wise started it off with a nice rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. Then the Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg police chiefs all dropped the puck.
Additionally, the team recognized four Hillsborough County Sheriff Department deputies for their efforts rescuing a woman whose car overturned in a water-filled ditch off I-4 on New Year's Day.
During the second intermission, the Tampa Police Department and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office squared off in a shootout. After that, a member of the Tampa Police rappelled in from the rafters.
Here are some odds and ends from the Lightning's 3-1 win over Carolina:
Andrei Vasilevskiy has allowed one goal in the last two games. Vasilevskiy made 26 saves on 27 shots on Thursday. He had a 31-save shutout against Columbus on Tuesday. He is now 9-1-1 since coming back from injury.
The home streak is still alive. The impressive 16-game point streak ended in San Jose, but that was a road loss. The Lightning have won nine straight home games. Tampa Bay will go for 10 (to tie the franchise record set in 2014-15) when they get back next Thursday against Toronto.
Power play has something special. The Lightning were 2-of-6 on the power play on Thursday, or 33 percent. That bumps Tampa Bay back to 30 percent on the season. For context, the league average is 20.1 percent. The Lightning are 1.5 percentage points ahead of No. 2 Winnipeg. That same margin separates Winnipeg from No. 4 Florida, so it's a lot to lead by.
Oh, the comeback. The Lightning have won six games when trailing after two periods this season. This was the Hurricanes' first regulation loss after leading after two periods.
Late shots add up. The Hurricanes outshot the Lightning 12-3 in the first period (and Tampa Bay went almost 16 minutes between shots at one point). But overall, the Lightning won the shot battle 30-27.
Carolina finally contains Tyler Johnson. The Hurricanes have not been able to figure Johnson out … until Thursday. Johnson (who averages .68 points per game overall in his career) is a point-per-game scorer against Carolina with 11 goals and eight assists in 19 games. He didn't have a point on Thursday.
Still perfect against the Met. The Lightning improved to 12-0-0 against Metropolitan Division teams this season. Tampa Bay is 2-0 against Carolina.
Victor Hedman leads all Lightning defenseman … ever. Hedman played his 663rd game with the Lightning on Thursday. With that, he passed Pavel Kubina to lead the franchise in most games played by a defenseman.
Killing it on the music selection. The Lightning brought back Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" for the first penalty (it's much better with occasional playing) and played The Beatles' "Let It Be" while officials reviewed (and eventually waved off) Brayden Point's goal.
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