The Lightning get a solid road win.
Mike Smith played well allowing 1 goal on 31 shots. He's back in the fight.
TB 5:59, Lecavalier 3 (Malone, Krajicek)
TB 14:44, Tanguay 4 (Malone, Stamkos)(PP)
PHX 19:20, Aucoin 3 (Lepisto, Upshall)(PP)
TB 4:30, St. Louis 4 (Lecavalier, Tanguay)
TB 11:46, Lecavalier 4 (Tanguay)
The Lightning did well to capitalize on some early penalties to stake themselves to a 2-0 lead and they never really looked back. Phoenix had a bit better play at even strength, but the Lightning turned it up when they needed to in order to salt the game away in the third. NHL teams should beware: the Lecavalier line is starting to click.
Steve Downie had 1 hit in 15:19.
Zenon Konopka had 1 hit in 10:49 and was 62% on draws.
Paul Szczechura was +1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 13:21.
James Wright had 2 hits in 13:55.
Victor Hedman was +1 with 2 hits and 1 blocked shot in 21:10. Light night for the big Swede.
The Lightning finally work in one of their mandatory 3-4 late game goal wave off hosings.
Antero Niittymaki allowed 1 goal on 30 shots and only 1 of 3 shooters to score in the shootout, but still took the loss. I'm thinking the Finnish goaltenders in the organization are feeling discriminated against for lack of goal support tonight.
LA 7:20, Doughty 4 (Kopitar, Smyth)(PP)
TB 11:39, Malone 12 (Hale, Stamkos)
A controversial wave off of an Andrei Meszaros overtime goal ushered the Lightning into the shootout where they re-established their season-long streak of futility after a brief taste of success against Minnesota.
Steve Downie had 2 penalty minutes and 3 hits in 13:49.
Zenon Konopka had 15 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 6:02.
Paul Szczechura had 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 13:25.
James Wright had 1 shot in 8:57.
Victor Hedman had 3 shots, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 26:13.
Flip. The. Script.
Antero Niittymaki allowed 3 goals on 34 shots and stopped both shooters he faced in the penalty shot session for the big shootout win.
MIN 16:53, Pouliot 2 (Sheppard, Schultz)
MIN 3:47, Johnsson 2 (Brunette, Koivu)(PP)
TB 8:44, Stamkos 13 (Malone)(SH)
MIN 11:35, Nolan 4 (unassisted)
TB 9:17, Downie 2 (Halpern, Ohlund)
TB 19:45, Malone 11 (Stamkos, St. Louis)(PP)
TB- Lecavalier, Stamkos
After frittering away 3-4 points already this season by allowing opponents to tie a game late and then losing in the shootout, the Lightning flipped the script to steal 2 points from Minnesota and stay unbeaten in regulation at home.
Steve Downie had a big goal to key the comeback and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 11:49. He's 5 games from graduation from prospect status here on Bolt Prospects.
Zenon Konopka had 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 7:17. And, thankfully, he chose not to commit suicide by fighting Boogard.
Paul Szczechura had 1 shot and was 75% on draws in 11:54. He brought some jump back to the lineup.
James Wright was -1 with 1 shot in 12:41.
Victor Hedman had 1 shot in 24:02 in his first game back from the concussion. He was wildly out of position on Minnesota's first goal, but was decent otherwise.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled prospect center Paul Szczechura from the Norfolk Admirals, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced today. A spot opened on the Lightning roster after Tampa lost overaged prospect forward Drew Miller on waivers to the Detroit Red Wings earlier today.
Szczechura, 5-foot-10, 184 pounds, has played in all 14 games with the Admirals this season. He leads the team in points with 14 and assists with eight while also ranking third on the team in goals with six. Szczechura also has a power-play goal, a shorthanded goal and an even rating.
A native of Brantford, Ontario, Szczechura made his NHL debut with the Lightning last season, playing in 31 games and recording four goals with nine points. He ranked second among Tampa Bay rookies in goals, assists and points. He also played in 33 games with Norfolk in 2008-09, recording 13 goals and 29 points.
Szczechura has played in 114 career AHL games with Norfolk and Iowa. He has amassed 38 goals and 81 points. Originally undrafted, the Lightning signed Szczechura as a free agent on April 24, 2008.
Drew Bannister is still playing hockey?
Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 32 shots for the loss. He also stopped a penalty shot in the contest.
BNG St. Pierre, (6) (Hamel, Keller), 1:19 (PP)
NOR Keller, (3) (Fritz, Lawrence), 14:43
NOR Szczechura, (6) (Keller), 1:14 (SH)
BNG Daugavins, (2) (Smith, Hennessy), 4:46
BNG Smith, (3) (Schira, Daugavins), 7:42 (PP)
NOR Szczechura, (7) (Mihalik, Tyrell), 13:25 (PP)
BNG Keller, (8) (Svendsen, Schira), 16:18
BNG Smith, (4) (Hamel), 19:47 (EN)
Paul Szczechura and Justin Keller were the game's second and third stars. It's very disappointing to get a game tied up with less than 7 minutes left and still not get any points out of the contest. Dana Tyrell now has helpers in 4 of his last 5 games.
Box score from TheAHL.com.