Ahhhh the cries of the Carolina announcers whining that fatigue was a legitimate excuse for their team's play. Music to my ears.
I cannot overemphasize how important an early season win this was. The 4 point in division swing made this a very very key victory, even if it is November. A loss would've dropped the Lightning to 10 points behind in the division, so the Lightning did themselves a huge favor by taking the win tonight.
And, tonight was the first of what I suspect will be quite a few multi-point games for Paul Ranger
's career. 2 assists and a +1 in just a shade under 15 minutes of ice time. It may not be this year, but at some point expect the offense to really start to flow given how strong his skating and instincts are. Evgeny Artyukhin
with 9:18 and an even rating.
Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020310.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]