Tyrell, Dana

NHL Game Night: 10/27/10 Penguins at Lightning

When the Lightning need a good luck charm, they put St. Pete Times Forum VP of Operations Mary Milne on the TV, and game winning goals ensue.

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Dan Ellis stopped all 24 shots he faced after replacing Mike Smith to get the win. He was excellent controlling his rebounds, which is a new. Smitty, bless his heart, allowed 3 goals on 7 shots. He looked so good in his last start. It was surprising to see him fall off so quickly. The NHL should be scared to death of a time that will eventually come when the Lightning get some consistent goaltending.

First Period
02:51 TB Tyrell (1), Thompson (2), Kubina (3)
03:28 PIT Adams (1), Cooke (4), Orpik (1)(SH)
04:29 PIT Cooke (2), Letang (7), Adams (2)(SH)
12:15 PIT Dupuis (2), Adams (3), Crosby (6)
16:40 TB Purcell (1), Kubina (4), Ritola (1)

Second Period
08:43 TB Lecavalier (3), St Louis (7), Stamkos (8)(PP)

Third Period
06:40 TB St Louis (4), Downie (5), Stamkos (9)
19:29 TB St Louis (5), Stamkos (10)(EN)

Martin St. Louis, Dan Ellis, and Nate Thompson were the game's three stars. A lot of teams would've packed it in after giving up three unanswered goals to the Pens in the first period. Credit to Teddy Purcell for getting the Lightning back to within one. They were like a pack of hungry, wild dogs after that, seriously outchancing Pittsburgh in the final two frames.

Mattias Ritola had his first point with the Lightning, an assist, in 8:18. My initial impressions of Ritola! is that he wins the D. Affy award for being an NHLer from the opposing blueline in.

Dana Tyrell had his first NHL goal, two shots, and one blocked shot in 15:18. Here's what I liked about Dana tonight: it's human nature to relax a little after you've had some success. Dana seemed to work even harder after he got that goal, if that's possible.

Michael Vernace was +1 with 2 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 3:23. In case your wondering, my back-of-the-envelope estimate is that Vernace made $1,567.71 for every minute he was on the ice tonight. Nice work if you can get it.

As I've been saying on the BoltProspects Message Board, my hope for the team was to get 14 points out of their first 10 games. That was an aggressive number for a team with a lot of new players and a new system, but it's the kind of start they really needed to get out of the chute well on a playoff push. They have 13 points through their first 9 games heading into Phoenix on Saturday. That's not a gimme, but they're definitely off to the kind of start they needed.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 10/24/10 Predators at Lightning

Much like the Admirals, the Lightning fall one goal short in their comeback bid.

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Dan Ellis allowed 4 goals on 26 shots for the loss. The simplistic thing to say is that goaltending was the difference when you lose to a team you outshot 45-26.

First Period
06:30 TB Bergenheim (3), Kubina (2)
11:54 NSH Weber (1), Bouillon (2), O'Reilly (5)
15:04 NSH Kostitsyn (1), Spaling (1), Smithson (1)

Second Period
17:55 NSH Franson (2), Legwand (3), Tootoo (3)

Third Period
14:10 NSH Wilson (2), Erat (3), Dumont (4)
15:01 TB St Louis (3), Stamkos (7), Hedman (6)
15:58 TB Hall (1), Thompson (1), Lundin (2)

Sean Bergenheim was the game's third star. The Lightning's power play also went an uncustomary 0-for-4.

Dana Tyrell was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 12:08.

Michael Vernace had 1 shot in 9:51.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 10/22/10 Lightning at Thrashers

Seven straight wins over Atlanta.

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Mike Smith allowed 2 goals on 30 shots for the win. That might have been the best Smitty has played since his concussion problems knocked him off track. That was encouraging. He moved well and he played an efficient style.

First Period
03:10 TB Clark (2), St Louis (5), Stamkos (6)(PP)
16:05 TB Lecavalier (2), Bergenheim (2) 17:50
TB Stamkos (6), Lecavalier (2), St Louis (6)(PP)

Second Period
08:07 ATL Slater (1), Ladd (5), Byfuglien (4)
17:22 TB Stamkos (7), (unassisted)

Third Period
13:36 ATL Byfuglien (2), (unassisted)(PP)
19:28 TB Stamkos (8), V. Hedman (5)(EN)

Steven Stamkos and Vincent Lecavalier were the game's first and second stars.

I thought the Lightning's effort level was outstanding, but I wouldn't say they were super-crisp. There's still another gear the Lightning haven't quite found yet in the early season, which should be a bit terrifying for the rest of the league. Their breakout and passing still needs a little work. There's too many soft passes, and still a lot of feeling out of new teammates. Once that part starts to click, the Lightning are going to be a mother to play against.

Dana Tyrell had 2 penalty minutes and 2 shots in 11:09. He looks like he's getting a little more comfortable each game, and he even got a couple of PK shifts tonight. I also like that he's getting shots on goal. That first NHL goal will follow pretty soon.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 10/21/10 Islanders at Lightning

Bizarrely officiated game.

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Dan Ellis allowed 3 goals on 25 shots for the loss.

First Period
02:15 NYI Grabner (2), Niederreiter (1), Weight (5)
18:05 TB Bergenheim (2), Purcell (5), Hedman (4)

Second Period
04:44 TB St Louis (2), Stamkos (5), Lundin (1)
10:00 NYI Parenteau (2), Wisniewski (5), Tavares (2)(PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
01:56 NYI Moulson (4), Nielsen (4), Mottau (3)

You know, just a strange night when you see two Islanders goals that were initially waved off turned into goals. You also saw a ridiculous one-sided call against Ryan Malone on the first half of the 2-man advantage the Isles scored on and then the bizarre double call on the Isles afterward where Matt Smaby climbed in the box for what turned out to be no reason. Bizarre officiating. It was a mediocre game for the Lightning playing against an inferior opponent that has a few of its best players out injured. They should've handled their business and they didn't. But, on the other hand, strange. I'd be more upset if the Lightning didn't at least get a point out of the night.

Dana Tyrell had 1 shot in 9:09. The partial breakaway he generated was the first exhibition of what Tyrell's speed can do at the NHL level.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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