Dan Boyle's revenge.
Mike Smith allowed 3 goals on 45 shots in the loss.
07:57 SJ Marcel Goc, (Dan Boyle, Mike Grier)
18:00 SJ Ryane Clowe, (Christian Ehrhoff, Joe Pavelski)(PP)
16:28 SJ Devin Setoguchi, (Joe Thornton, Rob Blake)
If you needed a clear indication of just how far the Lightning are from being a Stanley Cup contender, there it is.
Steven Stamkos was -2 in 13:57 with 3 shots and 4 hits. He was also 0-for-2 in the faceoff circles.
It's about time.
Mike Smith stopped 31 of 33 shots for his first win of the season.
06:37 ATL Colby Armstrong, (Todd White)
19:24 ATL Todd White, (Mathieu Schneider, Ron Hainsey)
Congratulations to Barry Melrose on his first win in the NHL in 13 years, and Oren Koules and Len Barrie on their first win as NHL owners.
Janne Niskala had 1 assist, 2 shots, and was +1 in 11:52.
Steven Stamkos had 4 shots, 2 hits, and was 46% on draws in 11:30.
It's getting better, but still not quite there.
Mike Smith was the hard luck shootout loser stopping 21 of 21 in regulation and overtime before allowing 1 of 3 in the penalty shot session.
The Lightning outshot Minnesota 32-21 in the game.
Janne Niskala had 3 shots and 1 hit in 12:37.
David Koci had 4 penalty minutes in 0:41 of ice time (3 shifts).
Steven Stamkos had 4 shots and 2 hits and was 50% on draws in 13:56. He also failed to convert in the shootout session.
Kind of a rough night for Olaf Kolzig, allowing two goals on bad rebounds kicked up the slot and then giving the Islanders the winner on a puck handling mistake. He stopped 32 of 36 for the overtime loss.
02:47 NYI Mike Comrie, (Kyle Okposo, Bruno Gervais)
13:54 NYI Doug Weight, (Bill Guerin, Frans Nielsen) (PP)
03:43 TBL Vincent Lecavalier, (Vaclav Prospal, Andrej Meszaros)
12:02 TBL Vaclav Prospal, (Andrej Meszaros, Lukas Krajicek) (PP)
13:51 NYI Trent Hunter, (Jeff Tambellini, Mike Comrie)
14:57 TBL Ryan Malone, (Jussi Jokinen, Janne Niskala)
00:51 NYI Trent Hunter, (Frans Nielsen)
There are hopeful signs. For the first time this season, the Lightning allowed less than 40 shots and the team finished square in shots on goal at 36.
Janne Niskala had 1 assists, 1 shot on goal, and 4 penalty minutes in 12:00 of ice time.
Steven Stamkos had 1 shot, 2 hits, and was 50% on draws in 9:22. Seem Stamkos? Still, not so much.
Outshot 25-4 in the third period and overtime.
Mike Smith stopped 42 of 46 faced in the overtime loss.
01:56 CAR Matt Cullen, (Rod Brind'Amour, Joni Pitkanen)
09:56 CAR Eric Staal, (Dennis Seidenberg, Tuomo Ruutu)
4:36 CAR Eric Staal, (Ray Whitney)
Bolt Prospects rules force me to show balance by making the glass half full statement: the power play showed signs of life going 2-for-7 and the team actually played pretty well for about the first 35 minutes of the game. However, you continue to see two problems with this club. They get hemmed in and they don't have the experience and poise to release the pressure, and they're not disciplined enough to stay out of the box.
Janne Niskala scored his first NHL goal and was -1 with 3 shots in 15:17.
Steven Stamkos had 1 hit in 6:05. Seen Stamkos? The faithful at the Forum didn't much tonight.