NHL Game Night: 10-27-11 Lightning at Predators

Defense/goaltending snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

TB-3
NSH-5

Mathieu Garon got lifted after allowing 5 goals on 17 shots for the loss. Dwayne Roloson stopped all 10 he faced the rest of the way. So, Garon's hot streak may be over, and hopefully Roli is refreshed from a few nights off.

First Period
NSH Kostitsyn (3), (Smith, Fisher), 6:25
NSH Fisher (1), (Kostitsyn, Smith), 14:05
TB Stamkos (5), (Purcell, Malone), 16:36
TB Purcell (3), (Connolly, Bergeron)(PP), 19:33

Second Period
NSH Hornqvist (1), (Halischuk, Geoffrion), 7:43
NSH Spaling (1), (Hillen, Blum), 11:20
NSH Fisher (2), (Spaling), 12:10

Third Period
TB Stamkos (6), (Bergeron, St. Louis), 17:03

Defensive zone coverage and turnovers continue to be an Achilles Heel. Offense continues to not be a problem, though, even with a fizzling power play. Heaven help the NHL if Boucher can get those items smoothed out. Lecavalier, Stamkos, and St. Louis all seem to be on their games, lately.

Brett Connolly had a helper and was -2 with 1 hit in 13:42.

Blair Jones was -2 with 2 penalty minutes and 1 shot in 6:24. That's the kind of ugly stat line that gets Mattias Ritola back in the lineup.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.