NHL Game Night 10/6: Lightning at Hurricanes
Good road point. God I hate shootouts.
Mike Smith allowed just 1 goal on 28 shots before giving up 2 of 3 in the shootout for the shootout loss.
CAR 13:12, Jokinen 1 (Pitkanen, Ward)(PP)
TB 6:00, Malone 1 (Stamkos, St. Louis)(PP)
CAR- Samsonov, Ruutu
There were a lot of things to be happy about with this game. They were much tighter defensively and had a much more even effort throughout the game. This was supposed to be a "hornet's nest" the Lightning were walking into and they managed to carry the play 5-on-5, for the most part. My only nitpick remains the Lightning's play in the physical game. They got outhit 42-25 tonight by Carolina. That can't be what Rick Tocchet has in mind. I want to see guys like Vincent Lecavalier, Andrej Meszaros, and Paul Ranger start to take the body a little more.
We'll have to see what becomes of Matias Ohlund's injury that took him off the ice in the third period.
Steve Downie had 2 shots and 3 hits in 12:17.
Drew Miller had 2 shots and 2 hits in 17:32.
Zenon Konopka had 5 penalty minutes and 3 hits in 3:23. That's efficiency.
James Wright had 1 shot and 2 hits in 13:25.
Victor Hedman had 2 penalty minutes and 2 blocked shots in a team high 24:16.