NHL Game Night 10/18: Lightning at Bruins

Boston continues to be unholy ground for the Lightning.

TB-1
BOS-4

Johan Holmqvist allowed 4 goals on 23 shots in the loss. Two of the goals went through Holmer, albeit one on a deflection and one through a screen, and the final Bruins goal resulted from a Holmqvist whiff on a pass across the top of his crease he clearly should've gotten. You can't say he cost the Lightning the game tonight because Thomas was unsolvable for the B's, but it might be time for Marc Denis to get his first start.

First Period
Boston 3:48, Peter Schaefer 1 (Andrew Ference)
Boston 19:50, Marco Sturm 2 (Andrew Ference, Patrice Bergeron)

Second Period
Tampa Bay 1:45, Brad Richards 3 (Mike Lundin)

Third Period
Boston 9:49, Mark Stuart 1 (Marc Savard, Chuck Kobasew)
Boston 16:19, Marco Sturm 3 (Patrice Bergeron, Glen Murray)

The final score doesn't indicate it, but the Lightning as a whole really outplayed Boston besting them 36-23 in shots on goal and, at times, completely dominating the Bruins in zone time. Unfortunately, in the one area of the game that matters most (goaltending) Boston had the decisive advantage.

As the saga of the second line continues to unfold, Michel Ouellet was pulled off the Richards line early in the game and replaced with Jason Ward the rest of the way. Jan Hlavac continues to impress on that line.

Congratulations to Mike Lundin on his first NHL point. The young blueliner played a season high 15:38 and was +1 with 1 blocked shot. He made an unforced error early on that nearly led to a Johan Holmqvist soft goal, but was steady the rest of the way.

Mathieu Darche continued his bid to stick with the team with what I believe was also a season high 13:57 of ice time with 4 shots on goal and 1 hit. If I was a betting man, I'd wager Darche is staying.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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Darche/MacDonald/Karlsson

MacDonald, who drew some fine praise from Torts in the papers last week, may find himself on his way to Norfolk. I know he wasn't great last year, but there may be one team that would take a flier on Karlsson - a former SEL scoring star - on waivers.

That'd give NF another center option, which is needed, even with Justin Taylor stepping in.

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