Holmqvist, Johan

NHL Game Night 3/30: Lightning at Hurricanes

Most "ginormous-est" win of the season thus far.

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Johan Holmqvist played well stopping 26 of 28 shots for the win. Vincent Lecavalier had an MVP caliber performance with 1 goal and 2 assists on 11 shots on goal in the victory. The goal was his 50th of the season and Lecavalier now sits at 103 points through 78 games. Wow. Vaclav Prospal also had a multi-point night with 1 goal and 1 assist and Martin St. Louis and the scoring machine that is Filip Kuba had the other Lightning goals. Shane O'Brien and Paul Ranger had individual assists.

The win moves the Lightning back to within 3 points of Atlanta in the division with a game in hand. The most minute stumble by the Thrashers could set up an epic season finale with first round home ice and a division banner at stake. In addition, the Lightning open up a 3 point lead on 9th place and leapfrog the Rangers into 6th in the conference.

Game sheet from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night 3/27: Panthers at Lightning

::barf::

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Marc Denis allowed 3 goals on 17 shots for the loss before being replaced by Johan Holmqvist who stopped 7 of 7 shots in relief before Florida tacked on a pair of empty net markers. Brad Richards and Filip Kuba had the Lightning goals. Jason Ward, Eric Perrin and Martin St. Louis added assists.

Four games left in the season and the Lightning no longer control their division title and at night's end they will likely be just 2 points out of 9th place. Oh yeah, and they've got to go on the road and play the defending champions next in Carolina. Heckuva time to start squeezing the sticks too tightly.

If Jason Ward is smart, he'll take less to stay in Tampa and continue playing on Brad Richards' line.

Game sheet from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night 3/20: Islanders at Lightning

Sorry for my tardiness.

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Johan Holmqvist stopped 21 of 24 shots faced for the win. Eric Perrin and Jason Ward led the way with 1 goal and 1 assist while Brad Richards had a pair of helpers. Vincent Lecavalier and Filip Kuba scored the other Lightning goals. Martin St. Louis, Doug Janik, Ruslan Fedotenko and Dan Boyle had individual helpers.

Game sheet from NHL.com.

NHL Game Day 3/18: Lightning at Capitals

And, just like that, the Lightning no longer control their division title destiny.

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Johan Holmqvist allowed 4 goals on 24 shots for the loss while Marc Denis allowed 3 goals on 5 shots in relief. Filip Kuba had the only Lightning goal off assists from Doug Janik and Nick Tarnasky. The Lightning now trail Atlanta by six points in the division with a game in hand after the Thrashers' overtime win against Buffalo today. Just 4 points separate 6th place Tampa Bay and the 9th place New York Islanders now, putting the Lightning in the uncomfortable position of not only seeing their division title hopes slip away, but also seeing that making the playoffs may become a difficult task as well.

Bad, bad, bad time of year for a three game losing streak.

First Period
Washington 5:31, Tomas Fleischmann 3 (Boyd Gordon)
Washington 13:38, Tomas Fleischmann 4 (Kris Beech, Milan Jurcina)

Second Period
Washington 1:14, Alexander Semin 35 (power play) (Chris Clark, Brian Pothier)
Washington 6:45, Alexander Semin 36 (Tomas Fleischmann)
Washington 8:18, Alexander Semin 37 (Kris Beech, Matt Bradley)
Tampa Bay 17:44, Filip Kuba 11 (Doug Janik, Nick Tarnasky)

Third Period
Washington 10:34, Alexandre Giroux 2 (unassisted)
Washington 17:55, Boyd Gordon 5 (Tomas Fleischmann, Shaone Morrisonn)

Game sheet from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night 3/3: Lightning at Panthers

Why do I get the feeling every time the Lightning play Florida it's their Stanley Cup?

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Johan Holmqvist allowed 2 goals on 2 shots before being pulled for Marc Denis who took the back door loss allowing 4 goals on 34 shots faced. Nolan Pratt and Vaclav Prospal had the Lightning goals. Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier, Eric Perrin and Dan Boyle added assists. The Lightning now must regroup on the long flight out to a Western Canada swing which could make or break the team's division title ambitions. The Lightning's loss gives Atlanta a game in hand and the Thrashers loom large just two points behind.

First Period
Florida 5:03, Nathan Horton 23 (Martin Gelinas)
Florida 5:25, Olli Jokinen 30 (Jozef Stumpel, Rostislav Olesz)

Second Period
Tampa Bay 8:16, Nolan Pratt 1 (Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier)
Florida 11:11, Stephen Weiss 15 (Bryan Allen)
Florida 15:38, Stephen Weiss 16 (power play) (Martin Gelinas, Alexei Semenov)

Third Period
Florida 7:54, Ville Peltonen 12 (penalty shot)
Florida 8:27, Nathan Horton 24 (Alexei Semenov, Jay Bouwmeester)
Tampa Bay 17:20, Vaclav Prospal 11 (Eric Perrin, Dan Boyle)

Game sheet from NHL.com.

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