Weary Lightning hand Rangers eleven round shootout loss. Tie Caps for first place.
Dan Ellis allowed 3 goals on 37 shots before stopping 9 of 11 shooters for the shootout victory. The Lightning evened their shootout record to 2-2 on the season.
02:00 TB St Louis (14), unassisted
11:16 NYR Fedotenko (6), Boyle (6)
11:28 NYR Frolov (7), Anisimov (10), Drury (2)
18:54 TB Stamkos (27), St Louis (31)
14:42 TB Lecavalier (4), Kubina (9), Clark (9)
11:18 NYR Stepan (10), Dubinsky (14), Gilroy (4)
TB- Hedman, Hall, Malone
NYR- Christensen, Zuccarello
Martin St. Louis and Ryan Malone were the game's first and third stars.
The Lightning looked dead tired by the time the third period rolled around, and they were just holding on for dear life getting outshot 37-24 in the process. This team's had a grueling schedule and they found a way to grind out both points tonight. As disappointing as the effort last night was, you have to be proud for the way they scrapped tonight.
Memo to Marty St. Louis: in the shootout, put that turnaround backhand thing away. Forever. Ditto that thing that Ritola tried. Look at the goals that scored tonight in the shootout: laser shot, laser shot, laser shot. Be assertive, pick a spot, shoot it hard. That's how Victor Hedman is becoming the Lightning's shootout ace. This is the NHL. You're not going to fool the goaltenders at this level consistently with gimmicks or doing things at half speed. Be strong and make the play aggressively, whatever it is, shoot or deke. That's what will get you to the pay window consistently.
On the good side, it took a while, but the Pens beat the Caps in seven rounds in the shootout in Washington, so the Lightning gained two points on the Thrashers and gained one point on the Capitals and are now in a first place tie with Washington at 45 points. They still have two games in hand on Washington and one game in hand on Atlanta. Merry Christmas, Lightning fans.
If the Lightning can A.) Get another goaltender on the roster, and B.) Can nail down the number two seed by winning the division (or even run down Philly for the top seed), they can realistically make a run for it all this year.
Mattias Ritola was -1 with 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 11:31.
Dana Tyrell was +1 with 1 shot in 15:58.
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