Smaby, Matt

NHL Game Night 2/14: Capitals at Lightning

At least Ramo got some work.

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Mike McKenna allowed 3 goals on 12 shots before being pulled after one period. Karri Ramo allowed 2 goals on 20 shots the rest of the way.

First Period
05:02 WSH Semin (21), (Backstrom)
13:21 WSH Ovechkin (38), (Semin, Backstrom)
19:20 WSHS Morrisonn (2), (Steckel, Gordon)

Second Period
05:33 WSH Green (22), (Semin)(PP)
09:30 TB Malone (19), (Lecavalier)

Third Period
13:31 WSH Fehr (8), (Fleischmann)

Two AHL goaltenders and both your best d-men on the shelf is not the way you want to face this Caps team. The Lightning actually had their chances to make a game of it, but Washington's stars finished their chances. The Lightning's did not.

Steve Downie was -1 with 1 shot, hits, and 1 blocked shot in 12:49.

Matt Smaby was -3 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 4 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 20:12.

David Koci had 2 shots in 8:43.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night 2/12: Maple Leafs at Lightning

Martin St. Louis practically beat Toronto by himself.

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Mike McKenna allowed 4 goals on 25 shots for the win.

First Period
10:58 TOR Stempniak (9), (unassisted)
12:30 TB Malone (17), (Krajicek, St. Louis)
13:24 TB Malone (18), (St. Louis, Smaby)
15:17 TB Recchi (12), (Lecavalier, St. Louis)(PP)
16:43 TB St. Louis (20), (Recchi, McKenna)(PP)

Second Period
11:32 TOR Stempniak (10), (Kubina, Hagman)(PP)
12:46 TOR Hagman (17), (Grabovski, Finger)

Third Period
06:01 TB Stamkos (7), (Prospal, Eminger)(PP)
13:28 TB Lecavalier (25), (Melichar, Murphy)
17:47 TOR Kulemin (9), (Mayers, Frogren)

At the risk of inciting the wrath of the message boards, Steven Stamkos has really benefitted from Gary Roberts' return. He seems to have helped give Stamkos more jump and also a little more space.

Matt Smaby had an assist, 1 shot, 2 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 20:57.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night 2/10: Thrashers at Lightning

Dollars to donuts, Stamkos' penalty shot was in.

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Mike McKenna allowed 2 goals on 23 shots for the loss. Tampa Bay outshot the Thrashers 41-24, but a soft goal by McKenna ended up being the margin.

First Period
01:24 TB Roberts (4), (Downie, Stamkos)
09:52 ATL Stuart (1), (Perrin)(SH)

Second Period
02:02 ATL Kozlov (18), (Peverley, Havelid)

Third Period
19:50 ATL Kovalchuk (23), (unassisted)(EN)

Steve Downie had an assist, 2 shots, and 1 hit in 9:59.

Matt Smaby had 1 shot, 5 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 18:58.

David Koci was +1 with 1 hit in 6:48.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night 2/7: Islanders at Lightning

Roberts goes from goat to hero in the span of a couple of nights.

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Mike McKenna had a 28 save shutout for his first career NHL win.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
13:34 TB Roberts (3), (Eminger, Stamkos)

Roberts, who got played like a fiddle by Matt Cooke to help cost his team a point in the standings against the Pens, tipped in an Eminger point shot for the game winning goal tonight. I sense mayhem on the message boards.

Steve Downie was +1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 9:37. He limped off after getting hit with a puck, so we'll have to see if he's ready to go next time out.

Matt Smaby got himself a 5 for fighting early in the game and also had 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 19:22. Tonight was a really good night for Smaby. He got an opportunity to show the coaching staff what he can do with more ice time, and he was solid. He was even surprisingly good at pinching in and keeping plays alive at the blueline in the offensive zone. I've been extremely impressed since he came back from his injury. It looks to me like he may very well stick this time.

David Koci played 1:31 in the game.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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