Cernak finished his first postseason with three assists in four games.
He was the best Bolts defender on the ice. That's heady praise for the rookie and it wasn't just because the rest of the blue line seemed like a shell of itself. Cernak played smart, poised hockey with great vision and a clear focus in his own zone. This guy is going to be a good one.
Cernak went plus-1 and dished out six hits in Monday's win over the Senators.
The rookie is average offensively with 14 points through 55 games, but he is an excellent defensive asset with a plus-25 rating and 191 hits in that span. The 21-year-old is currently getting work on the top pairing since Victor Hedman (upper body) and Anton Stralman (lower body) are sitting out, but that workload likely won't continue into the postseason.
Cernak (undisclosed) will play in Ottawa on Monday.
Cernak was shaken up after fighting Washington's Tom Wilson on Saturday but his departure from the game appears to have mostly been precautionary. The rookie blueliner is currently stuck in a six-game scoring drought.
Cernak (undisclosed) did not return to Saturday's game.
He fought Tom Wilson at 12:13 of the third period. After the game, Lightning coach Jon Cooper said Cernak "is going to be OK." He won't need reevaluation, unlike teammate Victor Hedman, who left following a hit to the head.
Cernak had to go to the locker room after fighting Washington's Tom Wilson on Saturday.
Cernak bit off a bit more than he could chew in challenging Washington's resident tough guy as he attempted to get a trailing Tampa Bay team fired up in the third period. With the Lightning losing Victor Hedman to an upper-body injury earlier in the contest, they're quite thin on defense at the moment. If Cernak doesn't come back to this one, his next chance to return will arrive Monday in Ottawa.
Cernak has three points (one goal, two assists), a plus-6 rating and 12 PIM in his last five games.
He also has 14 hits in that span. Cernak has been a busy man lately and it's bringing his talent to fantasy owners seeking a late season boost. At minimum, Cernak can help you in plus-minus -- he's a stable defender playing more than 20 minutes a game. He has amassed a plus-25 rating this season.
Cernak scored a goal and added an assist in a 5-1 victory over the Senators on Saturday night.
The big hitter also delivered four hits and finished plus-2 in 18:44, the third-highest ice time of Tampa's defenders (ahead of Dan Girardi, Mikhail Sergachev and Braydon Coburn). The points were his first in nine games. But Cernak has 16 points in 42 games and is playing hard minutes, including heavy time on the penalty kill. That's heady praise for this young defender.
Cernak led the NHL in hits this week with 19 in four games.
Cernak is sure showing his grit. He averaged 18:58 of ice time and blocked seven shots, too. That's great for a 21-year-old right-shot defender who has also managed 16 points in 38 games. Cernak is playing important minutes and his future is remarkably bright. Watch him.
Cernak (lower body) is expected to return to the lineup Saturday against Montreal, NHL.com's Corey Long reports.
Cernak has missed Tampa Bay's last two contests due to a lower-body injury, but all signs point to him returning to a middle-pairing role against the Canadiens. The 21-year-old rookie has notched nine points while posting a plus-14 rating in 34 appearances this season.
Cernak (lower body) has been ruled out of Thursday's contest against Dallas.
Cernak was given a chance to suit up against the Stars following Wednesday's practice, but now his next opportunity to return will be Saturday against Montreal. In the meantime, Tampa Bay will continue with the same defensive unit used in Tuesday's 6-3 win over Calgary.
Cernak (lower body) has a chance to play Thursday against Dallas, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
The blueliner was deemed day-to-day Tuesday, but Burns' report indicates that a decision on Cernak's involvement in Thursday's contest will be made following morning skate.
Cernak is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.
The Lightning figure to recall ex-Blackhawk Jan Rutta in response to this news. Rutta is no lock to play against the Flames on Tuesday, as he would become the seventh defenseman on the active roster.
Cernak scored and recorded a plus-3 rating in a 5-4 victory against the Penguins on Saturday.
The rookie tallied his second career NHL goal on a shot from the point that deflected off Patric Hornqvist's skate. It took Cernak 31 games to score, but he now has two goals in the last three games. The 21-year-old possesses two goals and nine points with a plus-15 rating in 33 games this season.
Cernak scored a goal in a 3-2 victory against the Rangers on Saturday.
The rookie's first NHL goal gave the Lightning a 3-0 lead in the second period. The Rangers scored the next two, but inched no closer. Although he has been averaging two shots per game, Cernak broke a nine-game pointless streak with the goal. He has seven assists to go with his first NHL score in 31 games this season.
Cernak is part of a four-man timeshare for three spots on the Lightning blue line.
Cernak, Dan Girardi, Braydon Coburn and Mikhail Sergachev each take turns in the media box and they all do it without complaint. The Bolts have seven guys who can play in their top six at any given time and Cernak has impressed in that group at just 21. He only has seven assists in 28 games, but logs 17-19 minutes of ice time when he is in there. Cernak may have a fantasy future in the coming years.
Cernak picked up an assist Monday night against the Ducks.
The 21-year-old defender continues to impress. Cernak has seven assists in 21 games and he averages 17:51 of ice time when he dresses. The Bolts are deep, so Cernak is part of the revolving door of three defenders that slot onto the bottom pairing. But his development is proceeding well. There's no fantasy value here, just decent on-ice play.
Cernak picked up two assists in Friday's 4-2 win over the Blackhawks.
It's the first multi-point performance of the 21-year-old's brief NHL career, and Cernak now has three points (all assists) in six games since being called up from AHL Syracuse. He's proving to be even more useful in fantasy formats that utilize secondary categories -- Cernak has 22 hits, seven blocked shots, seven shots on goal, eight PIM and a plus-5 rating. Don't be surprised if he sticks around in Tampa even after Anton Stralman (upper body) gets healthy.
Cernak was called up from AHL Syracuse on Tuesday.
A brawny prospect listed at 6-foot-3 and 221 pounds, Cernak was promoted as an insurance option in case Anton Stralman (upper body) sits out Tuesday. Cernak was the points leader among defensemen for the Crunch prior to his call-up, with two goals and five assists comprising his total through nine contests.
Cernak finished his first pro season with five goals, 18 points and 70 PIM in 71 games with the AHL Syracuse Crunch.
Cernak is a crease clearer who skates well and his performance in Syracuse earned him a coveted Black Aces spot on the Bolts' playoff squad this postseason. Cernak is likely the closest of the Crunch to the NHL, but he remains about fifth on the team's depth chart at right D. And that means his debut may be a long way off.
Cernak finished with 21 points (three goals) for the Erie Otters in 2016-17 and has impressed Stacy Roest, Lightning director of player development, reports the Tampa Times.
Cernak has the potential to become a top-four defender in the NHL. "He's big strong, skates well," Roest said. "He plays simple, moves the puck. He's been a big part of their team so far. He doesn't get much power play time, but he's the first over the board on PK, and usually plays against the other team's top lines. He's a big boy, thick, strong, plays pretty physical. A good package."
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