Nick Kelly’s takeaways from Thursday’s Lightning-Canucks game

The Lightning bench congratulates teammate Brayden Point, center, after he scores a goal against the Canucks in the first period on Oct. 11, 2018. (DIRK SHADD   |   Times)
The Lightning bench congratulates teammate Brayden Point, center, after he scores a goal against the Canucks in the first period on Oct. 11, 2018. (DIRK SHADD | Times)
Published October 11
Updated October 11

That's how you want to start. After the Lightning had a lackluster first period Saturday vs. Florida, it all but dominated the first against Vancouver, outshooting the Canucks 17-5. Yes, the same Lightning team that did not register five shots in the first against the Panthers. One of those shots Thursday was also a Brayden Point goal.

But that's not how you want to finish. The Lightning gave up two third-period goals and two empty-net goals. It's the reverse of its first game where it finished strong, forced overtime and won in a shootout.

The power play still isn't clicking. The Lightning went 0-for-3 in the opener and failed to convert on five power-play opportunities against the Canucks. Those missed opportunities hurt the Lightning in the end. The penalty kill is clicking, though. Tampa Bay has killed all nine penalties.

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