Tyrell, Dana

NHL Game Night: 12/4/10 Avalanche at Lightning

Without goaltending, the Lightning keep winning the hard way.

COL-5
TB-6

Dan Ellis allowed 5 goals on 24 shots, but stopped just enough to get the win.

First Period
07:14 TB Thompson (4), Hall (4), Hedman (9)
15:53 COL Dupuis (3), M. Hunwick (3)

Second Period
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)

Third Period
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.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 12/2/10 Lightning at Bruins

Boston has always been hell for the Lightning.

TB-1
BOS-8

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?

First Period
10:52 BOS Krejci (3), Lucic (10), Ference (3)
19:40 BOS Seidenberg (1), Ryder (9)

Second Period
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)

Third Period
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.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11/30/10 Lightning at Maple Leafs

Gagne is back.

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TOR-3 (OT)

Dan Ellis allowed 3 goals on 25 shots tonight for the win. His rebound control was pretty poor tonight, and he didn't make the greatest decision on Toronto's third goal to leave his crease to try to play the puck. Fortunately, the boys in front of him picked him up.

First Period
01:25 TOR Versteeg (7), Bozak (4), Gunnarsson (2)

Second Period
05:18 TB Malone (6), Gagne (1)(PP)
11:51 TOR Kulemin (8), Kaberle (11), Versteeg (7)(PP)

Third Period
07:23 TOR Kulemin (9), Crabb (1), Komisarek (6)
08:25 TB St Louis (9), Downie (12)
19:51 TB St Louis (10), Stamkos (19), Moore (5)

Overtime
01:15 TB Gagne (1), Clark (6)

Simon Gagne and Martin St. Louis were the game's first and second stars. Gagne, in his first game back after missing almost a quarter of the season, scored the overtime winner, had a helper, and set a screen in front on the tying goal with less than ten seconds to go in regulation. I think I'd call that a successful return.

Credit to the Lightning for playing 60 minutes of hockey. Good teams find ways to win games like this when they don't have their best but they find ways to make plays to pull out the two points. Bad teams find ways to lose games like this, and Toronto is surely a bad team.

Mathieu Roy had 1 hit in 2:00. Nice work if you can get it.

Dana Tyrell was -1 with 1 shot in 12:06.

How close are the Lightning's prospects to graduation, you ask? Roy is 17 games off, based on the 82 career games rule. Tyrell is 19 games off. Ritola is 26 games off. B. Jones is 32 games off. Harju is 37 games off.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11/27/10 Panthers at Lightning

I hate shootouts, but not as much as I hate the Panthers.

FLA-4
TB-3 (SO)

Dan Ellis allowed 3 goals on 27 shots before giving up 1 goal on 4 attempts for the shootout loss. One of Ellis' goals allowed was on a penalty shot.

First Period
10:21 TB Purcell (5), Stamkos (18), Malone (10)(PP)

Second Period
10:12 TB Tyrell (3), Ritola (3), Downie (11)
12:22 FLA Dvorak (5), unassisted (SH)(PS)

Third Period
03:08 FLA Kulikov (1), unassisted
08:31 FLA Matthias (4), Santorelli (3)
13:15 TB Bergenheim (4), Purcell (12), Malone (11)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
FLA- Weiss
TB- NONE

Teddy Purcell and Dana Tyrell were the game's second and third stars. Florida got the bounces they needed to hang around in the game and ended up stealing two points. The effort level was much improved from the Washington debacle, at least.

Mattias Ritola had an assist and two shots in 7:26. Tonight, his softness officially became a liability, when he got beat on Kulikov's goal.

Tyrell had a goal and was +1 with 3 shots, 2 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 12:22.

Blair Jones was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 2:37.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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