Stinks to give Atlanta anything, but it was important for the Lightning to get two points.
Antero Niittymaki allowed 3 goals on 31 shots for the win.
TB 5:45, Veilleux 1 (Konopka, Foster)
TB 19:36, Malone 14 (St Louis, Stamkos)
ATL 5:29, Enstrom 3 (Kozlov, Antropov)
TB 9:20, Foster 1 (Tanguay, St Louis)(PP)
ATL 15:37, Kozlov 2 (Antropov)
ATL 17:29, Kane 7 (White, Enstrom)
TB 2:56, Stamkos 15 (St Louis)
Don't look now, but after going scoreless in his first 10 games of the season, Kurtis Foster has 1 goal in 3 points in the last couple of games.
Steve Downie had 4 penalty minutes and 1 shot in 11:03 on graduation night. Congratulations to Downie on his 82nd career NHL game, which graduates him from prospect status on this website.
Zenon Konopka had a helper and was +1 with 2 hits in 8:15.
Paul Szczechura had 1 shot in 15:32.
James Wright was -1 with 3 shots and 1 hit in 13:50.
Victor Hedman was +1 with 3 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 20:25.
Strange. I had forgotten what a regulation loss feels like.
Mike Smith allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the loss.
TB 15:18, St Louis 5 (Foster, Lecavalier)(PP)
CAR 2:35, Ruutu 6 (Whitney, Pitkanen)(PP)
CAR 13:46, Jokinen 6 (Corvo, LaRose)
CAR 15:37, LaRose 1 (Samsonov, Corvo)
It was a tough spot to be in, flying 5 hours cross country. The important thing is to now allow the loss to snowball. They have Atlanta tomorrow night and that's a game they really need to get two points out of.
Steve Downie had 1 shot and, oh my gosh, 7 hits in 15:01. He's really playing well, and tomorrow night's game against Atlanta will be his 82nd career NHL game, which graduates him from prospect status here on BP.
Zenon Konopka had 1 hit and was 78% on draws in 7:03.
Paul Szczechura had 1 shot in 12:33.
James Wright had 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 12:18.
Victor Hedman was -2 in 22:45 and really got rocked on a hit trying to cross the opposing blueline on a rush. He seems a little rudderless at times without Matias Ohlund around.
Hard not to be proud of the team for battling back tonight.
Mike Smith allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the loss.
ANH 6:25, Selanne 11 (Getzlaf, Perry)
ANH 18:12, Getzlaf 3 (Selanne, Perry)(PP)
ANH 6:52, Ryan 9 (Lupul, Boynton)(PP)
TB 7:23, Halpern 2 (Downie, Hedman)
TB 7:41, Stamkos 14 (Lecavalier, Malone)
TB 1:38, St Louis 5 (Downie, Malone)(PP)
ANH 0:52, Niedermayer 2 (Getzlaf, Selanne)(PP)
Usually falling into a 3-0 hole is a death sentence, particularly for an east coast team that's a long way from home. So, to get a point under the circumstances was pretty outstanding.
Steve Downie had 2 assists and was +1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 11:22. Tonight was Steve's 80th NHL game, so he's now 2 away from graduating from prospect status on Bolt Prospects.
Zenon Konopka had 5 penalty minutes, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 7:55.
Paul Szczechura had 1 shot and 2 hits in 12:29.
James Wright had 1 hit in 11:04.
Victor Hedman had an assist and was +1 with 1 hit in 24:22.
The Lightning get a solid road win.
Mike Smith played well allowing 1 goal on 31 shots. He's back in the fight.
TB 5:59, Lecavalier 3 (Malone, Krajicek)
TB 14:44, Tanguay 4 (Malone, Stamkos)(PP)
PHX 19:20, Aucoin 3 (Lepisto, Upshall)(PP)
TB 4:30, St. Louis 4 (Lecavalier, Tanguay)
TB 11:46, Lecavalier 4 (Tanguay)
The Lightning did well to capitalize on some early penalties to stake themselves to a 2-0 lead and they never really looked back. Phoenix had a bit better play at even strength, but the Lightning turned it up when they needed to in order to salt the game away in the third. NHL teams should beware: the Lecavalier line is starting to click.
Steve Downie had 1 hit in 15:19.
Zenon Konopka had 1 hit in 10:49 and was 62% on draws.
Paul Szczechura was +1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 13:21.
James Wright had 2 hits in 13:55.
Victor Hedman was +1 with 2 hits and 1 blocked shot in 21:10. Light night for the big Swede.
The Lightning finally work in one of their mandatory 3-4 late game goal wave off hosings.
Antero Niittymaki allowed 1 goal on 30 shots and only 1 of 3 shooters to score in the shootout, but still took the loss. I'm thinking the Finnish goaltenders in the organization are feeling discriminated against for lack of goal support tonight.
LA 7:20, Doughty 4 (Kopitar, Smyth)(PP)
TB 11:39, Malone 12 (Hale, Stamkos)
A controversial wave off of an Andrei Meszaros overtime goal ushered the Lightning into the shootout where they re-established their season-long streak of futility after a brief taste of success against Minnesota.
Steve Downie had 2 penalty minutes and 3 hits in 13:49.
Zenon Konopka had 15 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 6:02.
Paul Szczechura had 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 13:25.
James Wright had 1 shot in 8:57.
Victor Hedman had 3 shots, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 26:13.