NHL Game Night 11/8: Lightning at Hurricanes

And we don't have to burn the new white jerseys after all!

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Johan Holmqvist was sparkling stopping 40 of 41 shots faced for the win. Holmer is streaky, and maybe it's time for a hot streak. Tampa gets Washington on Saturday and a chance to get back to .500.

First Period
Tampa Bay 12:23, Vincent Lecavalier 9 (Michel Ouellet, Vaclav Prospal)
Tampa Bay 16:12, Shane O'Brien 3 (Michel Ouellet, Vaclav Prospal)

Second Period
Tampa Bay 1:58, Filip Kuba 1 (Brad Richards, Jan Hlavac)
Tampa Bay 18:11, Shane O'Brien 4 (Andreas Karlsson, Mike Lundin)

Third Period
Carolina 2:04, Ray Whitney 9 (Matt Cullen, Frantisek Kaberle)
Tampa Bay 13:36, Vaclav Prospal 10 (power play) (Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier)

Mike Lundin had an assist and was +1 in 19:57 with 2 blocked shots.

Mathieu Darche was -1 in 14:04 with 3 shots on goal.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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Brilliant.

From a prospects point of view.... the read Lundin had on Stillman to set up OB's 2nd goal was brilliant. He was high and not only got his stick in the shooting lane to read that play, but pivoted so he'd gain full control of it. If he just got his stick in there, considering where he was standing, it would have deflected right into Holmqvist. The fact he almost baited the pass, then gained full control of it and it ended up in a goal for TB, was brilliant. This was called out by the CAR announcers, too.

He still struggles getting pushed around - and almost got in his first post-whistle scuffle, but he's earning the minutes.

I think he was going into

I think he was going into the corner last night with Larose and Larose just turned and shoved the kid 4 feet in the opposite direction. That's going to happen because he's so slight but the impressive thing is that he's been making up for it by having a very quick stick. When he makes mistakes he usually gets the puck back quickly with it.

Move on Staal

And that move he made on Staal behind the goal line in the corner to elude a Staal forecheck was really nice too. I don't think there's an ounce of panic with the puck in that body of his. And he stickhandles so well tight in.

I noticed that move too, I

I noticed that move too, I was really impressed. Sometimes I forget the guy is playing his first year of professional hockey.

Lundin

I share the same sentiment as Avery46. At this stage in his career, Lundin is already starting to play like a veteran defenseman. The NHL had better watch out once he fills out his frame.

Quick

Can't wait till Kevin Quick arrives. Two summers ago on the same ice, Quick was at least two notches better than Lundin. Maybe Mike saw all the praise Quick garnered and decided he could better develop himself in that kind of mold. Lundin is a bit taller than Kevin, but Kevin is at least going to be a hair bigger than Boyle.

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