Hedman, Victor

NHL Game Night: 11-28 Lightning at Stars

Grabbed a point in a very tough spot.

TB-3
DAL-4 OT

Mike Smith allowed 4 goals on 38 shots for the overtime loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
TB 6:18, Szczechura 2 (unassisted)
DAL 15:44, Robidas 7 (Modano, Richards)(PP)
DAL 16:55, Lehtinen 1 (Richards, Robidas)(PP)

Third Period
DAL 3:34, Morrow 10 (Benn, Ribeiro)(PP)
TB 15:06, Stamkos 17 (Meszaros)(PP)
TB 15:53, Halpern 3 (Tanguay, Hedman)

Overtime
DAL 2:12, Wandell 4 (Eriksson)

It's tough to hop on the plane after playing last night and fall behind by a couple of goals, so lots of credit to the Lightning for coming back and clawing away a point.

Zenon Konopka had 3 hits in 5:49.

Paul Szczechura had a goal and was +1 with 3 shots and 1 hit in 13:15. He's really coming on.

James Wright was +1 with 5 hits in 11:30.

Victor Hedman had a helper, 2 shots, and 2 hits in 21:21.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night 11-27: Rangers at Lightning

Quite simply the best game the Lightning have played this season.

NYR-1
TB-5

Mike Smith allowed 1 goal on 27 shots for the victory.

First Period
TB 6:54, Stamkos 16 (St Louis, Hedman)
TB 19:24, Foster 2 (St Louis, Lecavalier)(PP)

Second Period
TB 8:05, Downie 3 (St Louis, Stamkos)(PP)
TB 12:25, Szczechura 1 (Wright, Walker)

Third Period
TB 8:24, Foster 3 (Konopka)
NYR 17:53, Callahan 4 (Anisimov, Staal)

The Lightning have struggled to get shots on goal, and they finally got to 30 tonight (31) even with the Rangers blocking quite a few shots (14). If the Lightning can get up over 30 shots a game consistently, I believe they're going to start scoring 3-4 goals a night and they've got enough goaltending to make it stand up.

More than just the shots and the goals, though, I thought the Lightning also physically handled the Rangers. Walker and Konopka both treated Brian Boyle like a speed bag with eyes and the Lightning outhit the Rangers 15-13.

One other thing: Recent BoltProspects graduate Steve Downie and Kurtis Foster are really coming on lately. Downie, in particular, has an unbelievable knack for breaking up passes and clearing attempts along the wall. He's a lot like fellow little guy Martin St. Louis in that respect.

Zenon Konopka had an assist and was +1 with 17 penalty minutes, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 8:16. He was also 75% on draws, including the clean win that got him the helper on Foster's second goal. More than that, though, he landed a couple of nice bombs on Brian Boyle after Boyle made a dangerous hit on young Mr. Wright.

Paul Szczechura got his nose bloodied and then responded with a 1 goal, +1 performance with 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and he was 69% on draws in 14:34. It was his best game of the season, and given the circumstances Coach Tocchet may want to take a stick and pop Chewey square in the nose before every game.

James Wright had a helper and was +1 in 13:55.

Victor Hedman had 1 assist and was +1 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 21:33. He's looked a little lost without Ohlund, but he played a strong, workmanlike game tonight.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-25 Maple Leafs at Lightning

Apologies for the lateness of this post, and apologies for the Lightning stubbing their toe for their first regulation loss at home of the year.

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TB-3

Antero Niittymaki allowed 4 goals on 30 shots for the loss. It was an uncharacteristic performance for Niitty.

First Period
TOR 6:45, Kulemin 4 (Gunnarsson, Primeau)
TOR 11:54, Hagman 10 (Beauchemin, Gunnarsson)
TB 14:14, Meszaros 3 (Downie, Stamkos)(PP)
TB 14:44, Lecavalier 5 (Halpern, Tanguay)

Second Period
TOR 1:20, Hagman 11 (Grabovski, Exelby)
TB 7:51, Malone 15 (Stamkos, St Louis)
TOR 18:13, Stajan 6 (Gunnarsson)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Zenon Konopka had 2 hits in 9:44.

Paul Szczechura was -1 with 1 shot in 10:14.

James Wright was -1 with 1 blocked shot in 12:07.

Victor Hedman was -1 with 2 penalty minutes in 17:01.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Day: 11-22 Lightning at Thrashers

Stinks to give Atlanta anything, but it was important for the Lightning to get two points.

TB-4
ATL-3 (OT)

Antero Niittymaki allowed 3 goals on 31 shots for the win.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
TB 5:45, Veilleux 1 (Konopka, Foster)
TB 19:36, Malone 14 (St Louis, Stamkos)

Third Period
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)

Overtime
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.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-21 Lightning at Hurricanes

Strange. I had forgotten what a regulation loss feels like.

TB-1
CAR-3

Mike Smith allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the loss.

First Period
TB 15:18, St Louis 5 (Foster, Lecavalier)(PP)

Second Period
CAR 2:35, Ruutu 6 (Whitney, Pitkanen)(PP)
CAR 13:46, Jokinen 6 (Corvo, LaRose)

Third Period
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.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-19 Lightning at Ducks

Hard not to be proud of the team for battling back tonight.

TB-3
ANH-4 (OT)

Mike Smith allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the loss.

First Period
ANH 6:25, Selanne 11 (Getzlaf, Perry)
ANH 18:12, Getzlaf 3 (Selanne, Perry)(PP)

Second Period
ANH 6:52, Ryan 9 (Lupul, Boynton)(PP)
TB 7:23, Halpern 2 (Downie, Hedman)
TB 7:41, Stamkos 14 (Lecavalier, Malone)

Third Period
TB 1:38, St Louis 5 (Downie, Malone)(PP)

Overtime
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.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-16 Lightning at Coyotes

The Lightning get a solid road win.

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PHX-1

Mike Smith played well allowing 1 goal on 31 shots. He's back in the fight.

First Period
TB 5:59, Lecavalier 3 (Malone, Krajicek)
TB 14:44, Tanguay 4 (Malone, Stamkos)(PP)
PHX 19:20, Aucoin 3 (Lepisto, Upshall)(PP)

Second Period
TB 4:30, St. Louis 4 (Lecavalier, Tanguay)

Third Period
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.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-14 Kings at Lightning

The Lightning finally work in one of their mandatory 3-4 late game goal wave off hosings.

LA-2
TB-1 (SO)

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.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
LA 7:20, Doughty 4 (Kopitar, Smyth)(PP)
TB 11:39, Malone 12 (Hale, Stamkos)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
LA- Kopitar
TB- NONE

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.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-12 Wild at Lightning

Flip. The. Script.

MIN-3
TB-4 (SO)

Antero Niittymaki allowed 3 goals on 34 shots and stopped both shooters he faced in the penalty shot session for the big shootout win.

First Period
MIN 16:53, Pouliot 2 (Sheppard, Schultz)

Second Period
MIN 3:47, Johnsson 2 (Brunette, Koivu)(PP)
TB 8:44, Stamkos 13 (Malone)(SH)
MIN 11:35, Nolan 4 (unassisted)

Third Period
TB 9:17, Downie 2 (Halpern, Ohlund)
TB 19:45, Malone 11 (Stamkos, St. Louis)(PP)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
MIN- NONE
TB- Lecavalier, Stamkos

After frittering away 3-4 points already this season by allowing opponents to tie a game late and then losing in the shootout, the Lightning flipped the script to steal 2 points from Minnesota and stay unbeaten in regulation at home.

Steve Downie had a big goal to key the comeback and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 11:49. He's 5 games from graduation from prospect status here on Bolt Prospects.

Zenon Konopka had 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 7:17. And, thankfully, he chose not to commit suicide by fighting Boogard.

Paul Szczechura had 1 shot and was 75% on draws in 11:54. He brought some jump back to the lineup.

James Wright was -1 with 1 shot in 12:41.

Victor Hedman had 1 shot in 24:02 in his first game back from the concussion. He was wildly out of position on Minnesota's first goal, but was decent otherwise.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Yesterday's Karjala Cup Scores

Russia 4 @ Finland 3 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, Win, 39/42, 2.77 GAA, .929 sv%

Koshechkin stopped all shooters he faced in the penalty shot session. Alexei Morozov scored the winner for the Russians.

Sweden 4 @ Czech Republic 3
Johan Harju, Sweden, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG

Harju centered line four for the Swedes. He was 44% on draws. Victor Hedman's brother Oscar played on Sweden's second pairing. Former Lightning prospect Marek Kvapil scored a goal for the Czechs.

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