Aulie, Keith

NHL Game Night: 1-25-13 Senators at Lightning

On the night honoring #4's 1,000th game...

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Anders Lindback stopped 32 of 36 for the victory. One the one hand, the defense gave up way too many breaks, partial breaks, and odd man rushes for the first two periods of the game. On the other hand, he looked like stinky doo doo allowing some pucks through him and not being tight to the post on another near goal. I would say this was clearly his first subpar game in a Lightning uniform.

First Period
TB 01:09 Carle (1), (Conacher, Bergeron)(PP)

Second Period
04:11 OTT Condra (1), (Neil, Gonchar)
14:30 OTT Spezza (2), (Alfredsson, Gonchar)(PP)
14:45 OTT Karlsson (3), (Michalek, Turris)
15:00 TB Stamkos (2), (Salo, St. Louis)
17:30 OTT Turris (4), (Alfredsson, Daugavins)
18:10 TB Hedman (1), (Stamkos, St. Louis)

Third Period
03:39 TB Malone (2), (Salo, Conacher)
12:58 TB Malone (3), (Lecavalier, Hedman)
19:18 TB Pyatt (2), (Stamkos)(EN)

Ryan Malone and Sami Salo were the game's first and second stars. Your biggest goal of the night on Vincent Lecavalier's night was Hedman's late Second Period goal set up by a big faceoff win and a solid screen in front of the net. This might well have been an Ottawa bloodbath without that goal, because the rest of the Second Period is pretty much footage the Lightning would like to see burned.

Obviously, it's not sustainable to keep trying to win these games with these 80's style high scores. The pieces are there for the Lightning to get better defensively, but it needs to take a couple of weeks, not a couple of months.

Keith Aulie was -2 with 16 penalty minutes, 3 shots, 3 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 13:14, and he looked like he was going to kill every single man, woman, and child associated with the Ottawa organization following a goalmouth scrum late in the game.

Cory Conacher had 2 assists and was +1 with 1 shot in 16:13. The second assist, which came on Malone's first goal, was all Conacher jumping on a defenseman and stripping the puck for a sharp, decisive pass out to Salo for the big bomb from the point. One very good trait Conacher has: he moves the puck quickly, decisively, and hard.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 1-22-13 Lightning at Hurricanes

The Lightning deploy the secret weapon.

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Mathieu Garon allowed 1 goal on 36 shots for the win in his first start of the season. He gave the Canes nothing cheap and held his ground when the Lightning were under seige in the Second Period.

First Period
05:18 TB Pyatt (1), (Lecavalier, Carle)
11:36 TB Conacher (2), (Lecavalier, Purcell)

Second Period
03:35 CAR Skinner (1), (J. Staal, Semin)(PP)

Third Period
01:37 TB Aulie (1), (Mikkelson)
09:57 TB Malone (1), (St. Louis, Salo)(PP)

Vincent Lecavalier, Garon, and Cory Conacher were the game's three stars.

The Lightning deployed their secret weapon, Keith Aulie who reduced a former Cup winning goaltender to ash with a short side bullet for his first goal of the season. Keith Aulie has 2 points in 3 games now. I would've bet on just about every other player on the Lightning having 2 points or more right now before #3 would. Good for the big guy.

Aulie had 1 goal and was +1 with 1 shot, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 12:20.

Conacher also had 1 goal and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes and 2 shots in 14:12. That's looking like the standard Conacher stat line early this year.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Day-After Digest: Game 2 (Islanders 4, Lightning 3)

The Day-After Digest is a new series that will appear regularly after every Lightning game as part game recap, analysis and scouting report.

By Mike Gallimore

The Rundown

The Lightning mounted a furious comeback attempt, scoring three goals in less than six minutes, but ultimately found, not surprisingly, that their four-goal hole early in the third period proved insurmountable. Tampa Bay was outshot 44-26 for the game by New York, which frustrated the Lightning attack throughout much of the first two periods. As Tampa Bay began to press and the team's structure unraveled, the Islanders were able to generate multiple breakaways and odd-man rushes, of which all of New York's goals were the result of.

"We were opening up the game," coach Guy Boucher explained afterward. "We were trying to get the goal, getting impatient."

Martin St. Louis, Benoit Pouliot and Steven Stamkos, scored for the Lightning. It was St. Louis' third goal of the season while Pouliot and Stamkos, the reigning Rocket Richard trophy winner, both notched their first.

Anders Lindback, who made 40 saves in his second start with the team, might want the last two goals he gave up back but it's hard to find fault with his performance on a night where many of the shots he faced were quality scoring chances.

Pierre-Cedric Labrie, who was scratched along with Brendan Mikkelson and Dana Tyrell in Saturday night's season opener in Tampa, made his season debut in place of Marc-Andre Bergeron as Boucher opted for a full complement of forwards instead of dressing seven defensemen. Labrie and B.J. Crombeen both started the game alongside Vincent Lecavalier, who played his 1,000th game. After the initial puck drop, both Labrie and Crombeen dropped their gloves and engaged fellow toughs Joe Finley and Matt Martin, respectively, in simultaneous fights.

"We wanted to bring some emotion to start," Boucher said. "We didn't want to look horrible like we did last year."

Whatever energy the team received from the tactic, it didn't seem to matter much as the Lightning suffered from a familiar case of inconsistency as the game wore on.

NHL Game Day: 1-21-13 Lightning at Islanders

The spirit was willing, but...

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Anders Lindback (pictured) allowed 4 goals on 44 shots for the loss. The high shot totals against have to be a concern for Guy Boucher early in the season.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
06:50 NYI Grabner (1), (Streit, Nabokov)(PP)
16:23 NYI Martin (1), (Tavares)
17:35 NYI Okposo (1), (Tavares, Moulson)

Third Period
01:31 NYI Ullstrom (1), (Aucoin, Hamonic)
02:22 TB St. Louis (3), (Stamkos, Conacher)
07:25 TB Pouliot (1), (Crombeen, Hall)
08:00 TB Stamkos (1), (Conacher, St. Louis)

Martin St. Louis was the game's third star.

Need we say the obvious? You can't fall behind 4 goals in the Third Period and expect to win. 3 goals should be a death sentence in pro hockey anyways. It's worse when you don't have the conditioning to dig deep in the last 5-10 minutes of a Third Period because of a lockout. Can't do it. They showed a lot of pride to make a game of it, but can't do it.

Keith Aulie was +1 with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 14:20.

Pierre Cedric-Labrie had a fight in 4:54. Pretty good stat line.

Cory Conacher had 2 helpers and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, and 1 shot in 16:03.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Day-After Digest: Game 1 (Lightning 6, Capitals 3)

The Day-After Digest is a new series that will appear regularly after every Lightning game as part game recap, analysis and scouting report.

By Mike Gallimore

The Rundown

The Lightning opened the 2012-2013 season in highly entertaining fashion by racking up six goals, including three in the third period, to defeat their visiting division rivals in front of an exuberant sellout crowd. The Lightning never trailed but early penalty woes caused the ice to seem tilted towards their net in the first period and three squandered leads by the conclusion of the second period could have been cause for panic.

"A lot of emotions," captain Vinny Lecavalier said, "but we calmed down and I thought everybody played with a lot of poise."

Fans were treated to a thrilling blend of past, present and future as Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis combined for five points, Teddy Purcell notched three assists and Cory Conacher managed two points in his NHL debut. Eric Brewer, with two goals, doubled his total from all of last season.

After downplaying the need for getting off to a hot start and just wanting to see consistency in effort in Friday's press conference, coach Guy Boucher allowed after Saturday's contest that the home opener was "a pressure game" in that the players were eager to reward fans, especially the vast majority of the season ticket members who did not demand a refund during the lockout, with a memorable return.

Five players (Conacher, B.J. Crombeen, Anders Lindback, Benoit Pouliot and Sami Salo) played their first game with the team.

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