NHL Game Night: 1/12/11 Capitals at Lightning
One game is an abberation. Two games is the start of a trend.
Dwayne Roloson stopped all 23 shots he faced for the shutout victory, giving him two shutout victories over the Caps since joining the Lightning.
03:58 TB Moore (8), Thompson (10), Roloson (1)
16:04 TB Bergenheim (8), Hedman (13), Downie (14)
18:18 TB Gagne (4), Bergenheim (10), Lecavalier (12)
It's a brave new world in the Southeast Division. After several seasons of beating the Lightning's brains in, and two emphatic wins over the Lightning in the first half of the season, Dwayne Roloson appears to have completely changed the tenor of the Lightning/Capitals series. One game might've been an abberation. Two games looks like a trend, to me. The Lightning now are playing with a supreme amount of confidence against the Caps, knowing that they can play their swarming style without having to fear that a seemingless harmless Caps rush can turn into a soft goal. That's made all the difference in the world, and the Lightning were like fire ants on the Caps in the first forty minutes tonight, before slamming the door shut with a 3-0 lead in the third. My thought is that the Lightning should be tentative favorites to win the Southeast now, and take away not less than the three seed in the East in the process.
Also, damn is it good to have Sean Bergenheim back in the lineup. As weird as it sounds, I think the lack of energy in the Devils game owed a lot to the fact #10 was sick. The line combinations lacked continuity and flow with the shuffling that took place, and Bergenheim's puck retreival skills were sorely missed. Fact of the matter is, he's one of the straws that stirs the drink. Other than Clark, he's probably the most important acquisition Yzerman made over the summer. Yes, more important than Kubina and Gagne.
Dana Tyrell had 1 shot and 3 hits in 14:02 in his final game as a prospect here on BoltProspects. Congratulations to Dana on becoming a full-time NHLer. If he continues to work on his shot and his finishing abilities, he has the look of a player who will have a long and successful career.