The magic number is 3.
Sean Burke stopped 17 of 21 before losing in the shootout. [url=paul-ranger]Paul Ranger
[/url] had 2 assists in the game including one on a beautiful Martin St. Louis
shorthanded goal from Vincent Lecavalier
[/url] led all rookies in ice time at 16:55 with 1 shot on goal. Ranger was +2 in 15:38 with 2 shots and 1 blocked shot. [url=evgeny-artyukhin]Evgeny Artyukhin
[/url] was an undisciplined mess taking two minor penalties in 3:31 with 4 hits.
The Lightning still control their destiny with 2 games left to play. They hold a 3 point lead over 9th place Atlanta and a 4 point lead over 10th place Toronto going into tomorrow night's rematch with Carolina. Both Atlanta and Toronto now hold a game in hand. A win tomorrow night and an Atlanta *tie* or loss would seal a playoff berth. Positive thinking.
Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS021196.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]