When this Lightning team learns to play 60 minutes with the same urgency and work rate they showed after falling behind in the third, they'll be pretty scary to deal with.
Mike Smith allowed 5 goals on 35 shots in the game. He also came a bit unhinged at the end of the game culminating in a physical confrontation with Aaron Voros. We'll have to see if he can shrug off that late game frustration and start with a clean slate next time out.
16:09 NYR Callahan (5), (Zherdev, Rozsival)(PP)
14:23 NYR Drury (3), (unassisted)(SH)
18:36 TB St. Louis (3), (Prospal, Malik)
00:35 NYR Drury (4), (Gomez, Redden)(PP)
07:58 TBL Malone (3), (Recchi, St. Louis)(PP)
08:27 NYR Staal (1), (Zherdev, Voros)
19:32 NYR Drury (5), (Kalinin, Rozsival)(PP)
Put aside the score of this game, and just compare how the team looked in Prague against this opponent and how they looked tonight. There's significant improvement pretty much across the board, but it's still a work in progress. To me, the way to get this thing to a finished product is to just start playing 60 minutes with urgency, because when this team moves its feet it has a lot of speed and a lot of size and the Rangers really looked overmatched at times in the third period when the Lightning were pressing to try and make a comeback.
Steven Stamkos was -1 in 14:29 with 2 shots, 2 hits, and he was 40% on draws. I don't know if Coach Melrose would try this, but in order to get Stamkos out in space through the neutral zone to use his speed, I wouldn't be opposed to spot shifting Lecavalier or St. Louis with the kid. You get the feeling watching Stammer that he's close, but he needs to find a running partner to work with who has the speed to play with him. I'd also try to make sure I got Ranger or one of the other d-men who are good at making that long stretch pass out when Stammer is out.
Wednesday's game results and more on the Fadden trade.
Did Mitch want out?
Justin Keller returned to the lineup for the Lynx scoring 55 seconds into the game and leading a 4 goal first goal 1st period as Augusta cruised to a 6-3 road victory over the Mississippi Sea Wolves. Keller fired a game high 9 shots and added an assist. Kevin Quick tallied 2 assists and was +2 and Riku Helenius stopped 40 of 43 shots for the win. The hometown media deserves an eyebrow raise for naming two Sea Wolves to the game's three stars.
Augusta 6 @ Mississippi 3
G Riku Helenius: 3 GA; 60 MIN; 43 SH; 40 SV
D Kevin Quick: 0-2-2; +2; 0 PIM; 1 SOG
W Justin Keller: 1-1-2; +1; 2 PIM (hooking); 9 SOG
Augusta improves to 4-3-1 and returns home to James Brown Arena to take on the Charlotte Checkers November 10th.
The Lightning continue their quest to lead the league in overtime and shootout losses.
Mike Smith stopped 35 of 38 shots in regulation and overtime before going 1-for-3 in the shootout for the loss.
16:28 TB Jokinen (3), (Recchi, Artyukhin)
16:05 NJ Clarkson (3), (Zubrus, White)
18:44 NJ Elias (4), (Zubrus, Gionta)(PP)
10:52 TB Jokinen (4), (Meszaros, Recchi)(PP)
15:10 NJ Pandolfo (2), (Madden, Elias)
16:40 TB St. Louis, (Lecavalier, Ranger)(PP)
NJ- Langenbruner, Elias
Steven Stamkos was -1 in 13:52 with 3 shots, 1 blocked shot, and he was 50% on draws.
RPI Engineers 1 @ No.18 Harvard Crimson 3 (ECAC)
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-1-1, E, 6 PIM (hooking x2, holding), 2 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 8 PIM
Killorn had an assist on Alex Biegaâ€™s (Sabres â€“ 5th/06) eventual game winner early in the third period. Biega, an undersized junior offensive defenseman, played on the backline with Lightning prospect Kevin Quick at Salisbury Prep. He had 22 points in 34 games for Harvard last year, and 18 points as a freshman.
Harvard improved to 2-0 on the year.