NHL Game Night: 12/4/10 Avalanche at Lightning

Without goaltending, the Lightning keep winning the hard way.

COL-5
TB-6

Dan Ellis allowed 5 goals on 24 shots, but stopped just enough to get the win.

First Period
07:14 TB Thompson (4), Hall (4), Hedman (9)
15:53 COL Dupuis (3), M. Hunwick (3)

Second Period
01:52 TB St Louis (11), Gagne (2), Ohlund (2)
02:44 TB Ritola (2), Harju (1), Tyrell (3)
07:18 COL Duchene (8), Fleischmann (7), Liles (20)
11:07 TB Gagne (2), St Louis (22), Purcell (13)(PP)

Third Period
01:24 COL Stastny (10), Shattenkirk (9), Hejduk (20)
09:06 TB Malone (7), Gagne (3), St Louis (23)(PP)
15:55 TB Bergenheim (5), Lundin (6), Malone (13)
17:49 COL Yip (6), Winnik (4), Duchene (16)(PP)
18:54 COL Shattenkirk (5), Fleischmann (8), Hejduk (21)

Simon Gagne, Martin St. Louis, and Victor Hedman were the game's three stars. Gagne is playing superb since returning from injury. Like I've said, I'm hoping Lecavalier comes back just as strong after having had time away to clear off a mediocre start to the year.

I've officially lost faith in Dan Ellis now, too. Yes, there are some goals that are getting in on him that are taking screwy bounces. The problem is that screwy bounces have a strange way of happening to bad goaltenders. There's a black cloud over this goaltending tandem, and sooner rather than later Steve Yzerman needs to do something about it.

Mattias Ritola had a goal and was +1 with 1 shot in 8:53. The goal was BoltProspects' favorite of the season so far, for obvious reasons.

Johan Harju had his first NHL assist and 2 shots and 2 hits in 7:33. Congratulations Big Joe.

Dana Tyrell had an assist and a blocked shot in 10:37.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.