NHL Game Night: 3-6-12 Senators at Lightning

Frustration.

OTT-7
TB-3

Mathieu Garon made 3 saves on 3 shots before leaving the game with a lower body injury. Dwayne Roloson allowed 5 goals on 30 shots the rest of the way for the loss. This is bad news if Garon is hurt badly. One of the big differences between this game and prior contests was that Garon was making key saves and key times, even though his save percentage wasn't stellar. Roli not so much.

First Period
OTT Gonchar (3), (Greening, Cowen), 9:38
OTT Greening (13), (Michalek, Kuba), 17:37
OTT Turris (7), (unassisted), 18:30

Second Period
TB Shannon (3), (Pyatt, Connolly), 1:24
TB Wallace (2), (Wyman, Pyatt), 7:12
OTT Karlsson (16), (unassisted)(PP), 11:58

Third Period
TB Stamkos (48), (Purcell, Malone)(PP), 5:41
OTT Michalek (30), (Alfredsson, Kuba)(PP), 12:12
OTT Michalek (31), (unassisted)(EN), 18:33
OTT Michalek (32), (unassisted)(SH)(EN), 19:53

Tom Pyatt was the game's third star.

It's hard for me to protest too loudly considering the team got down 3-0 after the first period, but I think it's safe to say the referees did have a hand in the outcome of this game. I thought the extra 2 given to Aulie for his altercation with Greening was a poor call and I thought the interference call on Stamkos that led to Michalek's first goal was absolutely atrocious. True, in those situations, you need your PK to step up and you need your goaltender to be your best penalty killer. True, neither was the case on those two PK's. But, the Lightning had a lot of momentum before each of those penalties. The team was very fired up after the Aulie fight and even more fired up after Stamkos' power play goal. It looked like they were about to turn the game in their favor, but the refs interceded.

Keith Aulie was +2 with 7 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 6:31. I thought he skated a lot better in this game, and really got to show off his stride once he got off to a gallop a couple of times. And, he really handled his business in the fight against Greening. It's just a shame the ref gave him that extra 2. Like I said, poor call. Even with that call, I feel better about the Aulie acquisition after tonight. He might need some more polish though, and it didn't escape my notice that he was on Norfolk's Clear Day list, so Yzerman may have designs on sending him to the AHL for the playoffs.

Tim Wallace had 1 got, 1 shot, and 1 blocked shot in 6:11, and oh what a shot it was. That was Stamkos-esque.

J.T. Wyman had a helper and was -1 in 8:02.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.