Big night for #12.
Antero Niittymaki allowed 2 goals on 26 shots for the win in his first game in a Lightning uniform. He was good and lucky, in equal proportions, which will get you a W every time.
CAR 12:42, Staal 2 (Whitney, Cullen)(PP)
TB 13:24, Ranger 1 (Lecavalier, Veilleux)
TB 13:39, Malone 2 (Ohlund, St. Louis)
CAR 17:28, Brind'Amour 2 (Samsonov, Jokinen)(PP)
TB 10:46, Malone 3 (St. Louis, Ranger)
TB 13:00, Downie 1 (Meszaros, Ohlund)(PP)
TB 18:44, Malone 4 (unassisted)(EN)
The Lightning were again very successful at generating puck possession and pressure, outshooting Carolina 39-26 in the game.
Ryan Malone completed his hat trick with one of the best empty net goals you'll ever see, having his head up and shooting the puck while falling down and hitting the net from 100 feet out. Great play. Great night.
Steve Downie tipped in a power play goal and had 1 shot and 1 hit in 11:19.
Drew Miller had 1 blocked shot in 14:26.
Zenon Konopka had 2 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 6:20.
James Wright had 1 shot and 1 hit in 14:52.
Victor Hedman was +2 with 3 shots and 2 hits in 26:13. Ho hum. Another 26 minute night for the rookie. Freakish.