It's good to know that even in lean times the Lightning still own Philadelphia.
Marc Denis stopped 34 of 35 for the win and came painfully close to getting the shutout. Vaclav Prospal
emerged from his slumber to score a goal and an assist while Richards and Lecavalier had two helpers each. Craig, Fedotenko and Alexeev had the other goals and St. Louis and Sarich had individual assists.
Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20062007/GS020096.HTM]NHL.com[/url].
was +2 in 17:17 with 1 shot and 2 blocked shots. He's also to be commended for answering the bell against a beast like Ben Eager and finding a way to escape with his head. Eric Perrin
had 3 shots and 1 blocked shot in 9:55 and was 60% on draws. [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky
[/url] had 1 shot and 2 hits in a scant 3:46.
It's important for the team to not get too high off of this win. Philly is on life support and Hitchcock may be just a few hours away from being fired by Bob Clarke. Prospal, who is often overlooked in the talk of "the big three", scoring his first goal is a positive sign but Brad Richards
still hasn't scored a goal this year and was squandering opportunities to shoot the puck late in the game because he's still thinking pass first, last and only. Saturday's game against Washington will be a better bellweather of where the team is. On paper the Lightning should always beat the Caps, but as last season's eight game series demonstrated the Caps will take points from you because they will outwork you if you allow them and they have gamebreakers like Ovechkin and, this year, Semin.