The NHL just issued a clarification regarding the Atlanta Thrashers ownership settlement. The Tampa Bay Lightning actually own the Atlanta Thrashers.
Dan Ellis allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the victory.
08:14 TB Stamkos (28), Malone (18), St Louis (32)
06:03 ATL Bogosian (3), Stewart (14), Little (10)
09:04 TB Lecavalier (5), Gagne (4), Bergenheim (8)
16:17 ATL Modin (7), Slater (6), Eager (6)
01:13 TB Lecavalier (6), St Louis (33), Stamkos (22)(PP)
Vincent Lecavalier was the game's first star.
The Lightning have won nine straight games against the Thrashers. Folks should consider the implications of what the Lightning did tonight: the Thrashers were all in for this game, on their home ice. The Lightning came into town with an ailing Martin St. Louis and didn't, seemingly, have quite as much to play for. And the Lightning, honestly, dominated the Thrashers for much of the game. Pavelec kept the Thrashers close enough to take a point, but on balance the Lightning carried the play, holding the Thrashers to just a single scoring chance in the first period and outshooting them 34-28 in the game... with a sick Martin St. Louis who didn't entirely look like himself from the second period on. The Lightning, at 80%, took the Thrashers' best punch and barely flinched. It's hard to imagine the Thrashers jumping over the Lightning, in the long run, considering that.
Mattias Ritola had 2 shots and 1 hit in 10:31.
Dana Tyrell had 1 shot and 1 hit in 13:22.
Flat Lightning play down to competition.
Dan Ellis allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the overtime loss. He deserved better. He made more than enough saves for a team with this much firepower to win against a bottomfeeder like the Islanders. Shame on the skaters, tonight.
11:28 TB Malone (10), Clark (8), Purcell (18)(PP)
19:43 NYI Parenteau (6), Tavares (9), MacDonald (3)
03:23 NYI Tavares (9), Wisniewski (16), MacDonald (4)
Ellis was the game's third star.
I guess the Lightning didn't want to be tied for the division lead with 2 games in hand on the Capitals and Thrashers. I guess they didn't want all that "success" baggage following them around. So they came out flat for the first ten minutes of the game, potted a power play goal to take the lead, put in another ten minutes of effort to try to get it to 2-0, and then took their foot off the gas the rest of the way. Look, I get that it's hard to get motivated when you're playing a bunch of glorified AHLers inside a building which is quieter than a tomb because no one is there, but for the love of God, that's a game you have to win if you want to get where you want to go as a team.
And, I would not mind Dwayne Roloson on my team.
Dana Tyrell had 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 16:26.
A feel-good romp in Tampa Bay.
Dan Ellis allowed just 1 goal on 22 shots for the victory in a surprise start he was not scheduled for. He made a huge save early in the Second Period that allowed the Lightning to maintain momentum and go on to crush Carolina. That's three straight games where the Lightning's goaltenders have only allowed 1 goal. Beautiful.
05:48 TB Moore (6), Purcell (16), Tyrell (4)
15:52 CAR Samsonov (6), Skinner (16), Cole (8)(PP)
19:59 TB St Louis (13), Malone (17), Moore (7)
14:51 TB Clark (7), St Louis (29), Hedman (11)
16:26 TB Stamkos (26), St Louis (30), Purcell (17)(PP)
18:58 TB Bergenheim (7), Clark (7), Lecavalier (8)(PP)
This was a solid win in a fairly important game. The Canes came into the night six points back of the Lightning, and Carolina happened to be the 9th place team in the conference. So, it was critical for the Lightning to hold serve at home, especially with Cam Ward out with a rash(?) and a young goaltender who was in the AHL last season between the pipes. Now they've got an 8 point spread on 9th place and are 1 point back in the Division with 2 games in hand on the Thrashers. It's a bigger win than it might have appeared on the surface.
Dana Tyrell had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots in 15:07.
Who is the alien in the #41 jersey who has only allowed 2 goals in the span of 2 games.
Mike Smith stopped 22 of 23 shots for the wins. I know! Who knew?
12:16 TB Gagne (3), Lecavalier (7), St Louis (27)(PP)
18:10 TB Stamkos (25), St Louis (28), Malone (16)
19:12 BUF Pominville (5), Hecht (6), Sekera (7)
19:58 TB St Louis (12), Stamkos (21), Ohlund (4)
It was a workmanlike effort by the Lightning tonight. They played their system and were close to hitting on all cylinders. Their forecheck was strong, their best players played well, and their defense and goaltending were efficient. Make no mistake, Buffalo is in the toilet right now, but they're still a talented team and it takes quite an effort to make them look as inept as they did tonight, getting outshot 37-23.
Dana Tyrell had 2 shots and 1 hit in 14:19 and was very dangerous shorthanded, to the tune of his speed generating two shorthanded breakaways. And if you were allowed to score goals by putting the puck under the side of the goal, he'd have had his first NHL shortie tonight. It's probably just a matter of time, now. His speed is lethal. Heaven help the NHL if his finishing ever catches up.
Finally Hedmania has come to the shootout.
Mike Smith took the first step in his emotional rehabilitation by stopping 27 of 28 shots he faced before going 4-for-4 in the shootout for the victory. He's not going to earn style points for the way he plays, but I'll take it.
13:56 ATL Peverley (8), Hainsey (3)(SH)
14:18 TB Bergenheim (6), Jones (9), Kubina (8)
Sean Bergenheim and Mike Smith were the game's first and third stars.
Vincent Lecavalier surprised everyone with his return tonight and had a pretty impressive first game back on the forecheck. That means the Lightning just need to get Steve Downie off IR to be back at full strength.
Dana Tyrell had 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 13:37 tonight. I thought he struggled a bit relative to some of his other efforts at some of the finer details like passing the puck and getting it out at his own blueline.
The Lightning accomplish something they've never accomplished in team history: win in Vancouver.
Dan Ellis allowed 4 goals on 27 shots, including a terrible 4th goal, but his team bailed him out for the overtime win.
10:23 VAN Sedin (16), Sedin (29), Burrows (5)
14:05 TB Thompson (5), Malone (14), R. Jones (8)
01:05 TB Clark (6), Moore (6), Purcell (15)(PP)
03:02 TB Stamkos (23), Lundin (7)
04:59 VAN Malhotra (5), Samuelsson (12), Schneider (1)(PP)
13:01 TB Purcell (6), Stamkos (20), St Louis (25)
09:38 VAN Sedin (4), Sedin (18), Schneider (2)(PP)
14:13 VAN Ballard (2), unassisted
00:34 TB Stamkos (24), St Louis (26), Malone (15)(PP)
Steven Stamkos and Teddy Purcell were the game's first and third stars.
My kingdom for a goaltender. This team's 3 points out of first place with a game in hand on the Caps despite the fact they're -12 in goal differential and the team GAA is around 3.50 and despite having Steve Downie and Vincent Lecavalier out. This Western Canadian swing was very interesting to me, because all three of the netminders the Lightning faced are guys that I think Steve Yzerman should at least inquire about. I know it might take the jaws of life to pry Kipprusoff out of Calgary, but both he and Khabibulin are older goaltenders stuck on bad teams and Cory Schneider, who the Lightning faced tonight, is a prized young netminder doomed to be trapped behind Roberto Luongo for a long time. I don't expect an Eastern Conference team to give a dangerous Lightning squad a legit goaltender, so it's probably going to have to come from out west.
Dana Tyrell had 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 14:43.
The Lightning sacrifice a point in the standings for losing discipline a giving up odd man rushes in the second period.
Dan Ellis allowed 3 goals on 23 shots before allowed 2 of 3 shooters to convert for the shootout loss. The old man on the other end of the rink stopped 38 of 41 and 2 of 2 in the shootout. I might keep an eye on the old man at the other end of the rink as a potential deadline acquisition.
05:03 TB Jones (1), unassisted
11:37 EDM Paajarvi (3), Penner (9), Cogliano (5)
17:48 TB Malone (9), Purcell (14), Ohlund (3)(PP)
05:46 EDM Hall (10), O'Marra (1)(PP)
16:30 EDM Gilbert (5), Omark (1), Paajarvi (9)(PP)
11:33 TB Stamkos (22), St Louis (24), Kubina (7)
EDM- Eberle, Omark
Adam Hall was the game's third star.
Edmonton may finish dead last in the West, but they've got an entertaining array of youngsters. BoltProspects readers have been hearing about Linus Omark, who played with Harju for Lulea and Dynamo Moscow, for years. It isn't hot dogging if you can back it up.
The Lightning were way too loose defensively in the second period, and it ultimately cost them the victory. They dominated Edmonton 41-23 in shots and outchanced them, unofficially, a zillion to one but Edmonton had goaltending tonight and the Lightning gave up way too many 2-on-1's. You can't loose focus on defensive responsibilities even when you're tilting the rink in your favor. Can't do it.
Johan Harju had 1 shot and 1 hit in 8:26. Maybe he was upping the ante with Omark in the building, but he seemed more comfortable and more assertive tonight in his limited minutes.
Dana Tyrell had 1 shot in 12:10.
The Lightning looked flat and unprepared to play in the first period.
Dan Ellis allowed 4 goals on 19 shots on another night where his save percentage ends up being absolutely putrid.
07:21 CGY Sarich (1), Pardy (1), Morrison (13)
13:46 CGY Kostopoulos (2), Bourque (9), Giordano (11)
04:43 CGY Bourque (12), Glencross (5), Backlund (3)
08:35 TB Harju (1), Kubina (6), Jones (7)
19:00 TB Malone (8), Thompson (7), Hedman (10)
08:42 CGY Iginla (12), Bouwmeester (8), Bourque (10)(PP)
Ryan Malone was the game's third star.
It shouldn't take 5 goals to win a hockey game where you hold an opponent down to 19 shots, and allowing a long point shot from Cory Sarich to beat you might be grounds for an NHL goaltender to be fired. Halley's Comet visits more frequently than Sarich scores goals.
Mattias Ritola was +1 with 2 hits and 1 blocked shot in 13:28. I stand by my statement about the guy being soft along the wall. He's exceptionally bad on the forecheck for a guy who's otherwise fairly good in the defensive third.
Johan Harju dialed up a five-hole goal on Kiprusoff and was +1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 8:41. The goal was Harju's first in the NHL. I think Kipper may have been baiting Harju to go five-hole and didn't realize Johan's got quite a quick release on his shot.
Dana Tyrell was +1 with 2 shots in 12:26. He worked himself into a shorthanded breakaway on one shift in the game. He still needs to work on his shot, but with his speed he will be a terror on the PK in the near future.
Without goaltending, the Lightning keep winning the hard way.
Dan Ellis allowed 5 goals on 24 shots, but stopped just enough to get the win.
07:14 TB Thompson (4), Hall (4), Hedman (9)
15:53 COL Dupuis (3), M. Hunwick (3)
01:52 TB St Louis (11), Gagne (2), Ohlund (2)
02:44 TB Ritola (2), Harju (1), Tyrell (3)
07:18 COL Duchene (8), Fleischmann (7), Liles (20)
11:07 TB Gagne (2), St Louis (22), Purcell (13)(PP)
01:24 COL Stastny (10), Shattenkirk (9), Hejduk (20)
09:06 TB Malone (7), Gagne (3), St Louis (23)(PP)
15:55 TB Bergenheim (5), Lundin (6), Malone (13)
17:49 COL Yip (6), Winnik (4), Duchene (16)(PP)
18:54 COL Shattenkirk (5), Fleischmann (8), Hejduk (21)
Simon Gagne, Martin St. Louis, and Victor Hedman were the game's three stars. Gagne is playing superb since returning from injury. Like I've said, I'm hoping Lecavalier comes back just as strong after having had time away to clear off a mediocre start to the year.
I've officially lost faith in Dan Ellis now, too. Yes, there are some goals that are getting in on him that are taking screwy bounces. The problem is that screwy bounces have a strange way of happening to bad goaltenders. There's a black cloud over this goaltending tandem, and sooner rather than later Steve Yzerman needs to do something about it.
Mattias Ritola had a goal and was +1 with 1 shot in 8:53. The goal was BoltProspects' favorite of the season so far, for obvious reasons.
Johan Harju had his first NHL assist and 2 shots and 2 hits in 7:33. Congratulations Big Joe.
Dana Tyrell had an assist and a blocked shot in 10:37.
Boston has always been hell for the Lightning.
Mike Smith allowed 5 goals on 22 shots for the loss before giving way to Dan Ellis, who allowed 3 on 10 shots. Honest question: is Mike Smith damaged goods? Physically, mentally, and emotionally, is he damaged goods? He allowed a goal from outside the blueline by leaving soon on a shoot in and misplayed a puck behind his net that led to another goal. He was never mentally tough even before his concussion problems, often overreacting to bad breaks. Where is Smitty's psyche now?
10:52 BOS Krejci (3), Lucic (10), Ference (3)
19:40 BOS Seidenberg (1), Ryder (9)
06:48 BOS Lucic (12), Krejci (12), Horton (11) 15:14
TB Hedman (2), Malone (12), Bergenheim (7)
17:30 BOS Thornton (5), Marchand (7), Thomas (1)
00:34 BOS Krejci (4), unassisted
01:50 BOS Ryder (7), unassisted
07:28 BOS Recchi (5), Ryder (10), Chara (7)(PP)
13:55 BOS Wheeler (6), Recchi (12)
Dana Tyrell had 2 shots in 15:06. If you can finish even in a game where your team gets whipped 8-1, you've done alright as a lower liner, in my opinion.