NHL Game Night 1/8: Lightning at Rangers

Lightning gut it out to get back in the win column.


Karri Ramo with a really gritty performance in net. He surrendered New York's first goal on a puckhandling gaffe and never looked 100% comfortable, but he stopped the pucks he had to stop and ended up making 31 saves on 34 shots for the win.

First Period
NY Rangers 3:02, Jaromir Jagr 12 (Marcel Hossa)
Tampa Bay 5:50, Doug Janik 1 (Brad Lukowich, Chris Gratton)
Tampa Bay 8:24, Chris Gratton 5 (Jason Ward, Jan Hlavac)

Second Period
Tampa Bay 4:23, Chris Gratton 6 (Shane O'Brien)
Tampa Bay 10:51, Vaclav Prospal 19 (Martin St. Louis)
NY Rangers 18:24, Scott Gomez 10 (power play) (Michal Rozsival, Paul Mara)

Third Period
NY Rangers 4:22, Michal Rozsival 11 (power play) (Chris Drury, Paul Mara)
Tampa Bay 19:57, Martin St. Louis 17 (empty net) (Vincent Lecavalier)

The Lightning pulled this one out with a critical penalty kill down two men with a one goal lead in the third. Credit to the Lightning PK for getting in shooting lanes and Ramo for getting the one glove save he needed 2/3 through that PK to get a whistle. It doesn't hurt that the Rangers kept missing the net too.

Mathieu Darche was even in 9:28 with 1 shot on goal.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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Lightning Were Lucky

I thought Ramo and Wanvig looked great last night - it is good to see them do well in the big club. I hope the coaches in Tampa continue to see that maybe some of their current prospects can actually play as well, if not better, than some of their current players. I think the Lightning were lucky last night ... and ... sometimes a little luck is needed and can help turn things around. I would give less credit to Tampa's PK than I would to the Rangers having a horrible PP. The Rangers were also missing some key players. Ramo's performance aside - it could have easily been another loss for Tampa. Glad to see Darche had an opportunity to play again and that Torts didn't send him packing his bags to Norfolk. The adjustments Torts is making with the d-men also seems to be working. I'd like to see Stirling make some adjustments with the Admirals. There is definitely some talent on this team ... perhaps Stirling could make some adjustments on the PP lines and continue to put key players who are good on the PK out there. I hope the Admirials continue to work hard, gain more confidence and have another win tonight.

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