They made that way harder than it had to be.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 26 of 29 shots faced before stopping 3 of 4 shooters in penalty shots for the shootout win.
Ottawa 7:05, Daniel Alfredsson 18 (Joe Corvo, Jason Spezza)
Tampa Bay 9:08, Filip Kuba 3 (Martin St. Louis, Vaclav Prospal)
Ottawa 18:03, Daniel Alfredsson 19 (Dany Heatley, Christoph Schubert)
Ottawa 18:39, Wade Redden 4 (Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley)
A funny thing happens when you put forth an effort.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 28 of 29 shots faced for the victory.
You might've noticed there was no game thread for the Detroit game. That was not an accident. After sleepwalking for six period straight my attitude was that if the team didn't care, honestly, why should I?
Tonight, however, the effort level and the will to compete was back, and they put together a sold, convincing win against a club they traditionally struggle against. Funny that. The harder you work the better you get.
Mike Lundin blocked 1 shot in 17:56 of ice time as he remains on track for an early January graduation from prospect status. Tonight was his 26th NHL game, leaving him 15 short of the finish line by site criteria.
Mathieu Darche had 1 goal, 3 shots, 2 hits, 1 blocked shot, and a +1 rating in 18:12 of ice time. Now 19 games played into his season, Darche needs 22 more to graduate from prospect status, which could happen as early as mid January.
One goal losses piling up.
Johan Holmqvist stopped just 18 of 21 shots faced in the loss.
Tampa Bay 0:35, Vincent Lecavalier 16 (Martin St. Louis, Shane O'Brien)
New Jersey 4:49, Brian Gionta 6 (power play) (Zach Parise, Jamie Langenbrunner)
New Jersey 12:19, Brian Gionta 7 (Travis Zajac, Zach Parise)
New Jersey 13:01, David Clarkson 2 (John Madden, Jay Pandolfo)
Johan Holmqvist stopped only 18 of 22 shots faced in the loss as the Lightning choked away a 3-1 lead at the second intermission to squander an opportunity to get within 3 points in the race for the division.
Gee, who do you think Versus and the NHL wanted to see win tonight?
Johan Holmqvist allowed 4 goals on 24 shots for the overtime loss.
Ridiculous officiating. Ridiculous broadcasting by Versus. Ridiculous all around.