NHL Game Day 10/29: Sharks at Lightning

Good effort. Unfortunate result.

SJ-4
TB-2

Marc Denis stopped 25 of 28 shots faced before being pulled for the extra attacker and the resulting Sharks empty net goal. The Lightning were paced by Dan Boyle's two helpers with goals coming from Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis on the power play. Individual assists went to Vaclav Prospal and Nikita Alexeev.

I thought the Lightning played reasonably well against a good, rested team coming off the game last night in Carolina. Unfortunately they were the victim of a couple of bad bounces that ended up in the back of their net and some good goaltending by Nabokov. The good news is that Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis seem to be on pace to score the amount of goals the team needs from them now, although Brad Richards is still struggling. What would help greatly is if the Lightning could get something out of the lower lines from players like Karlsson, Afanasenkov and Perrin.

First Period
San Jose 4:02, Joe Thornton 1 (power play) (Milan Michalek, Jonathan Cheechoo)

Second Period
San Jose 2:51, Ryane Clowe 1 (Mike Grier, Scott Hannan)
Tampa Bay 16:08, Vincent Lecavalier 6 (power play) (Vaclav Prospal, Dan Boyle)

Third Period
San Jose 10:51, Patrick Marleau 6 (power play) (Scott Hannan, Marc-Edouard Vlasic)
Tampa Bay 13:02, Martin St. Louis 7 (power play) (Nikita Alexeev, Dan Boyle)
San Jose 18:39, Mike Grier 2 (empty net) (Patrick Rissmiller, Marcel Goc)

Doug Janik was -1 in 8:18 with 1 blocked shot. Eric Perrin was -1 in 8:23 with 2 shots and 1 hit and he was 0/1 on faceoffs. Nick Tarnasky played just 3:01 receiving only 3 shifts after taking an early penalty for tripping.

Game sheet from NHL.com.

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Tarnasky

3 minutes on the ice. Not a lot of time each night to evaluate him, but when he is getting out there, he ain't showin' much. It's easy to critique TarNasty now, but he's been no bark, no bite so far. Just not impressed with this kid yet.

Already missing R2 crashing hard down the wing, tucking outside and bearing down on the goalie, collision imminent.

Gah, it seems unlikely at this point, but how sweet it would be if R2 returned, humbled, a la Alexeev...

-- Mike

I Disagree

He was pretty good in the three previous games. He threw a big hit in Carolina that led to a great shift where the Lightning nearly scored.

R2 wasn't getting much more than 4 minutes a night at the end of last season in his own right.

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