Tyrell, Dana

NHL Game Night: 12/15/10 Thrashers at Lightning

Finally Hedmania has come to the shootout.

TB-2 (SO)

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.

First Period
13:56 ATL Peverley (8), Hainsey (3)(SH)

Second Period
14:18 TB Bergenheim (6), Jones (9), Kubina (8)

Third Period


TB- Hedman

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.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 12/11/10 Lightning at Canucks

The Lightning accomplish something they've never accomplished in team history: win in Vancouver.

VAN-4 (OT)

Dan Ellis allowed 4 goals on 27 shots, including a terrible 4th goal, but his team bailed him out for the overtime win.

First Period
10:23 VAN Sedin (16), Sedin (29), Burrows (5)
14:05 TB Thompson (5), Malone (14), R. Jones (8)

Second Period
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)

Third Period
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.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 12/10/10 Lightning at Oilers

The Lightning sacrifice a point in the standings for losing discipline a giving up odd man rushes in the second period.

EDM-4 (SO)

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.

First Period
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)

Second Period
05:46 EDM Hall (10), O'Marra (1)(PP)
16:30 EDM Gilbert (5), Omark (1), Paajarvi (9)(PP)

Third Period
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.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 12/7/10 Lightning at Flames

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.

First Period
07:21 CGY Sarich (1), Pardy (1), Morrison (13)
13:46 CGY Kostopoulos (2), Bourque (9), Giordano (11)

Second Period
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)

Third Period
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.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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