Conacher, Cory

NHL Game Night: 3-5-13 Lightning at Devils

Hoping for floodgates...

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Anders Lindback allowed 2 goals on 27 shots for the win. Little talked about fact: for as much negativity there is about the kid, Lindback's 8-5-1 this season.

First Period
17:04 TB Thompson (5), (Conacher, Palat)

Second Period
05:53 TB St. Louis (6), (Killorn, Lecavalier)
13:13 TB Killorn (4), (St. Louis, Lecavalier)

Third Period
08:36 TB Thompson (6), (Conacher, Salo)
13:44 NJ Henrique (6), (Carter)
15:15 NJ Elias (6), (Zajac, Kovalchuk)(PP)
18:40 TB Crombeen (1), (Hall, Thompson)(EN)

Nate Thompson, Lindback, and Martin St. Louis were the game's three stars.

The Lightning have to hope this opens the flood gates. If I view the glass half full, the team started to turn the corner against Pittsburgh. On paper I expected them to be blown out of that game so they exceeded expectations to carry a lead into the Third Period. To blow out a pretty good New Jersey team on the road is another hopeful sign. But, 1 win is just 1 win, and the Lightning need to string together several more in the next 2-3 weeks to get back to being viable as a playoff contender.

Oh, and with 1 goal and 4 assists on the night, the kids are still alright. Jon Cooper develops one heck of a good brand of young hockey player.

Alex Killorn had 1 goal and 1 assist and was +1 with 1 shot in 15:37. He's going to be a fixture in Tampa Bay for a long time, from the looks of it.

Ondrej Palat had an assist and was +2 with 3 shots in 12:33.

Pierre-Cedric Labrie had 7 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 8:26.

Cory Conacher rebounded from -3 ugliness against the Pens with 2 assists, a +2 rating, 1 shot, and 1 blocked shot in 11:49.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Day: 3-2-13 Lightning at Bruins

Can't win a close game. Can't do it.

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Mathieu Garon allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the loss.

First Period
05:32 TB Stamkos (15), (Purcell, Bergeron)(PP)
08:38 TB Killorn (3), (Purcell, St. Louis)

Second Period
03:22 BOS Seguin (4), (Hamilton, Krejci)(PP)
04:39 BOS Peverley (3), (McQuaid, Paille)

Third Period
17:44 BOS Marchand (11), (Bergeron)(PP)

Teddy Purcell was the game's third star.

Alex Killorn had a goal and was -1 with 4 shots and 1 hit in 19:06. Mark it down. 3/2/13 was the day Guy Boucher started to feed Killorn the most minutes of all the rookies.

Pierre-Cedric Labrie had 5 PIMs, 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 5:34.

Cory Conacher had 2 shots and 1 hit in 14:28.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Day: 2-28-13 Lightning at Rangers

Everything's slipping away...

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Mathieu Garon allowed 4 goals on 42 shots for the loss.

First Period
07:23 NYR Hagelin (7), (McDonagh)
08:40 NYR Stepan (4), (Callahan, Girardi)
16:09 TB St. Louis (5), (Brewer, Stamkos)

Second Period
16:08 NYR Staal (2), (Miller, Nash)(PP)

Third Period
18:27 NYR Nash (4), (Richards, McDonagh)

Let's state the obvious: 1. The team can't win a close game. 2. They can't win on the road. 3. They can't beat anyone outside of the Southeast Division.

Alex Killorn was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 4 shots, and 1 blocked shot in 16:14.

Richard Panik played 7:38.

Cory Conacher had 1 shot and 1 hit in 14:33.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-26-13 Sabres at Lightning

The Lightning lose one they really couldn't afford to let get away.

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Mathieu Garon allowed 2 goals on 21 shots for the loss.

First Period
01:24 TB Stamkos (14), (Purcell, Conacher)
10:02 BUF Hodgson (8), (Sekera, Vanek)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
00:52 BUF Myres (3), (Vanek, Hodgson)

Steven Stamkos was the game's third star.

With so many road games on the docket over the next week, the Lightning really needed to capitalize at home against a struggling Sabres team. And, to be honest, they didn't play badly, outshooting Buffalo 31-21 and really badly outchancing them, too. Unfortunately, they have Ryan Miller, who stole them a win tonight.

Alex Killorn was -2 with 4 shots and 1 hit in 12:38.

Richard Panik had 1 hit in 8:36.

Cory Conacher had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot in 17:19.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-24-13 Lightning at Penguins

Same problems continue to plague Lightning.

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Anders Lindback allowed 3 goals on 10 shots before giving way to Mathieu Garon who allowed 1 on 11 the rest of the way, taking the back door loss.

First Period
01:16 PIT Crosby (8), (Kunitz)
07:15 PIT Crosby (9), (Neal, Martin)
19:26 PIT Martin (3), (Cooke)

Second Period
01:37 TB Brewer (4), (Stamkos, Killorn)
03:14 TB Stamkos (13), (Purcell, St. Louis)(PP)
12:20 PIT Bennett (1), (Crosby, Letang)(PP)

Third Period
03:15 TB Conacher (7), (Hedman, Stamkos)
19:08 PIT Cooke (3), (Sutter, Letang)(EN)

Steven Stamkos was the game's second star.

Too many early goals allowed. Too many goals late in periods. This team seems to be playing from behind 90% of the time, and that's not a way you win games in professional hockey.

Alex Killorn had a helper and was +1 with 3 shots and 2 hits in 15:08. Good things happen when he has the puck.

Richard Panik was +1 with 2 shots and 2 blocked shots in 10:57. He had the potential tying goal on his stick on a Third Period breakaway but just didn't have the time and space to make much of a move.

Cory Conacher had a goal and was -1 with 3 shots and 1 blocked shot in 14:20. Players are taking liberties with Conacher physically and at some point someone on the Lightning needs to defend the guy. He's leading the league in rookie scoring and he's getting the snot beaten out of him. Stevie Y had a pretty good protector in his early years by the name of Bob Probert. Conacher needs a little Secret Service protection, too.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-23-13 Lightning at Hurricanes

The kids are alright.

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Mathieu Garon allowed 2 goals on 34 shots for the win. If Mathieu Garon got to play the Hurricanes 55-60 times a year, he'd win the Vezina Trophy. It's a shame he can't stop a beach ball against any other team. At the opposite end of the rink, it took 40 minutes, but Dan Ellis finally turned into a sieve in the Third Period. Anything less than 5 goals against Dan Ellis would not have done.

First Period
10:54 TB Bergeron (1), (unassisted)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
02:11 TB Pouliot (6), (Lecavalier, St. Louis)
03:04 CAR Bowman (1), (Nash, Larose)
07:37 TB Panik (1), (Hall, Stamkos)
07:55 TB Pyatt (4), (Killorn, Brewer)
16:11 CAR Larose (2), (Sanguinetti, Jokinen)
17:38 TB Stamkos (12), (Conacher, Salo)

Garon and Steven Stamkos were the game's first and second stars. Balderdash, I say! The stars of tonight's game were the kids. The 18 second span where Panik and Killorn each made brilliant individual plays took a death struggle and turned it into a laugher. When you add in Conacher's assist on Stamkos' icing on the cake goal, you have a night to make Bolt Prospects very proud.

Alex Killorn had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot in 13:52. That behind the back assist from the corner to Pyatt was just a thing of beauty. The kid has so much poise and plays such a straightforward game, but he has just enough skill to do that to you from time to time. Guy Boucher reportedly loves him some Killorn. Saw that coming a mile away. How could any coach not like a player like Killorn?

Richard Panik (pictured) scored his first NHL goal and was +1 with 4 shots and 1 blocked shot. Panik attack, y'all! He only got 7:50 of ice time, but you just see the explosiveness. I doubt he stays up when/if Malone gets healthy again, but Panik's going to be an NHL regular sooner rather than later. There's too much there.

Old man Cory Conacher had a helper and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 15:40.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-21-13 Bruins at Lightning

I hate Boston.

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Anders Lindback allowed 4 goals on 26 shots for the loss. Really odd positioning on the backbreaking 4th goal going down in the butterfly on a puck that was shot well wide of the net. Clearly, he lost track of the puck. Not good.

First Period
01:11 BOS Horton (5), (Hamilton)
03:50 BOS Bergeron (3), (Marchand)
08:13 TB Stamkos (11), (Purcell, Bergeron)

Second Period
09:00 TB Conacher (6), (Purcell, Stamkos)
13:58 BOS Marchand (9), (Seguin, Bergeron)

Third Period
02:33 BOS Horton (6), (Chara, Hamilton)

Teddy Purcell was the game's second star.

It's been a troubling trend for the Lightning allowing themselves to get jumped on early in periods, and it's got to change.

Alex Killorn had 4 shots and 1 hit in 12:09. You know he had to really want to show out against Beantown.

Richard Panik was -2 with 2 hits in 9:05.

Cory Conacher had 1 goal, 2 shots, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 18:32.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-19-13 Maple Leafs at Lightning

Back on a winning streak!

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Anders Lindback allowed 2 goals on 25 shots for the victory. Say what you want about old Anders, he's 7-3-1. Just win, baby.

First Period
09:25 TB Lecavalier (6), (Pouliot, St. Louis)
17:59 TOR Grabovski (4), (Kulemin, MacArthur)

Second Period
04:56 TB Stamkos (10), (Conacher, Pouliot)

Third Period
02:49 TB Killorn (2), (unassisted)
06:58 TB Carle (3), (Pouliot, Hedman)(PP)
16:08 TOR Van Reimsdyk (9), (Kessel, Bozak)

Vincent Lecavalier, Benoit Pouliot, and Matt Carle were the game's three stars.

Alex Killorn (pictured) had a goal and was +1 with 3 shots, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 13:55. There's a reason he was given a real number like 17.

Richard Panik had 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 10:20. Drew a penalty after missing the net on a scoring chance. Man he looks explosive, though.

Cory Conacher had an assist and 1 hit in 14:56. Watch out Honey Badger, Killorn's sneaking up on you in IT.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Day: 2-16-13 Lightning at Panthers

Slump busted, barely.

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Anders Lindback allowed 5 goals on 30 shots for the victory. Really only one of those goals was truly cringe-worthy. Either way, he gets the W and with the decision, he graduates from prospect status on Bolt Prospects.

First Period
00:48 FLA Matthias (3), (Weaver, Skille)
04:48 TB Pouliot (4), (Lecavalier, St. Louis)
06:51 TB Killorn (1), (Carle)

Second Period
02:27 FLA Skille (2), (Matthias, Weaver)
03:42 TB Stamkos (8), (Conacher, Purcell)
19:55 FLA Smithson (1), (Kovalev)

Third Period
01:53 FLA Huberdeau (6), (Shore, Strachan)
03:24 FLA Kopecky (3), (Weiss, Campbell)
07:28 TB Stamkos (9), (Purcell, St. Louis)(PP)
19:49 TB Purcell (4), (Stamkos, Thompson)

Overtime
01:19 TB Pouliot (5), (Pyatt, Bergeron)

Benoit Pouliot (pictured), Steven Stamkos, and Martin St. Louis were the game's three stars.

At this point of the season, against this opponent, this was 2 points the Lightning absolutely had to have. They outshot the Panthers. They outhit them. They bested them in the faceoff circles. They got the better end on special teams. And yet, still, the Lightning came within 11 seconds of dropping a must win game.

Congratulations to Alex Killorn on his first NHL goal on a pretty nice shot from the high slot. He also had 2 shots and 2 hits in 12:31.

Richard Panik had 3 hits in 7:09.

Cory Conacher had a helper and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 4 shots, and 1 hit in 15:01.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-14-13 Capitals at Lightning

I expected more after the comeback in the Canadiens game.

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Mathieu Garon allowed 4 goals on 39 shots for the loss. Far be it from me to question Guy Boucher, but at this point I'd be strapping a saddle to Anders Lindback and riding him the rest of the season.

First Period
02:40 WSH Brouwer (7), (Perrault, Backstrom)(PP)
08:23 TB St. Louis (4), (Pouliot, Lecavalier)

Second Period
05:09 WSH Fehr (2), (Perrault, Ward)

Third Period
02:22 WSH Fehr (3), (Perrault, Carlson)
07:29 WSH Beagle (1), (Schultz, Kundratek)
12:02 TB Purcell (3), (Stamkos)
16:47 TB Thompson (3), (St. Louis)

Nate Thompson was the game's third star.

Alex Killorn was -1 with 1 hit in 10:25.

Richard Panik was -1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 8:32.

Cory Conacher was -2 with 2 shots and 2 hits in 16:56.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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