NHL Preseason Game Night 9/22: Capitals at Lightning

A 20-19 shot barn burner. Yes, that's sarcasm.

WSH-2
TB-1

Johan Holmqvist stopped 18 of 20 in the loss.

First, Vincent Lecavalier left the game with an upper body injury and did not return. Cuts and third pairing defensive jobs and fourth liners aside, the obvious priority for the Lightning in this preseason is to make sure Lecavalier, Richards, St. Louis, and Boyle get out of it healthy. Hopefully the Lightning were just being extra cautious in shutting down #4 for the evening.

Martin St. Louis had the Lightning's goal shorthanded off assists from Lecavalier and Boyle.

Big winner of the night: Doug Janik. Of all the Lightning d-men battling for the last two defensive spots he got the most ice time at 16:24 with 2 shots and 3 blocked shots. He, Lecavalier, and St. Louis were also the only Lightning players to be plus players for the night.

Big loser: Dan Jancevski. 7 shifts. 5:20 of ice time. Looks from the outside like he might be the one shuffling off to Norfolk tonight and Bryce Lampman could possibly survive the first wave.

Matt Smaby got 12:54 of ice time and was even with a blocked shot and 2 penalty minutes.

With Lecavalier, Gratton, and Craig all nicked, Craig MacDonald looks like he might stick around a bit.

Boxscore and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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D's impressing

According to the "Insider" on TBL.com, pregame tonight:

Quote:

Tortorella also addressed the battle for spots on the blue line, praising the play of Bryce Lampman and Mike Lundin. He also said Matt Smaby and Doug Janik have looked good so far, and that he didn’t expect a final decision until after the team’s fifth preseason game next Saturday in Dallas.

No mention of Jancevski or Leach or Schneider.

I think all 4 mentioned here make it past the first wave.

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