NHL Game Night: 12/11/10 Lightning at Canucks

The Lightning accomplish something they've never accomplished in team history: win in Vancouver.

TB-5
VAN-4 (OT)

Dan Ellis allowed 4 goals on 27 shots, including a terrible 4th goal, but his team bailed him out for the overtime win.

First Period
10:23 VAN Sedin (16), Sedin (29), Burrows (5)
14:05 TB Thompson (5), Malone (14), R. Jones (8)

Second Period
01:05 TB Clark (6), Moore (6), Purcell (15)(PP)
03:02 TB Stamkos (23), Lundin (7)
04:59 VAN Malhotra (5), Samuelsson (12), Schneider (1)(PP)
13:01 TB Purcell (6), Stamkos (20), St Louis (25)

Third Period
09:38 VAN Sedin (4), Sedin (18), Schneider (2)(PP)
14:13 VAN Ballard (2), unassisted

Overtime
00:34 TB Stamkos (24), St Louis (26), Malone (15)(PP)

Steven Stamkos and Teddy Purcell were the game's first and third stars.

My kingdom for a goaltender. This team's 3 points out of first place with a game in hand on the Caps despite the fact they're -12 in goal differential and the team GAA is around 3.50 and despite having Steve Downie and Vincent Lecavalier out. This Western Canadian swing was very interesting to me, because all three of the netminders the Lightning faced are guys that I think Steve Yzerman should at least inquire about. I know it might take the jaws of life to pry Kipprusoff out of Calgary, but both he and Khabibulin are older goaltenders stuck on bad teams and Cory Schneider, who the Lightning faced tonight, is a prized young netminder doomed to be trapped behind Roberto Luongo for a long time. I don't expect an Eastern Conference team to give a dangerous Lightning squad a legit goaltender, so it's probably going to have to come from out west.

Dana Tyrell had 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 14:43.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.