Tampa Bay Lightning
Young forwards making Yzerman/Cooper's decisions hard...
Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 22 shots for the victory. You have to be happy with his first two preseason starts as he comes back from the wrist injury.
0:37 TB Panik (1), (Marchessault, Paquette)
7:39 TB Brown (1), (unassisted)(SH)
14:05 TB Kucherov (1), (Namestnikov, Filppula)(PP)
14:50 DAL Benn (1), (Nichushkin, Gonchar)
2:30 TB Paquette (1), (Connolly, Gudas)
7:04 TB Connolly (1), (Namestnikov)
None of the young forwards vying for the final 1-2 spots on the roster are playing themselves out of centention. Marchessault, Paquette, Namestnikov, and Kucherov all hit the scoresheet tonight (Namesy and Dump Truck with multi-point nights) and even Witkowski on the blueline is putting a shadow of doubt into the Lightning brass' minds right now.
There's lots of good problems to have for a Lightning team that managed to put 5 on the board (albeit on Anders Lindback) with Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman donning their tights and fighting crime on the mean streets of Estero tonight rather than donning their uniforms and taking to the ice in Dallas, to say nothing of wunderkind Drouin's broken digit. The depth right now, and that depth's ability to outplay an NHL-talent studded Dallas roster pretty handily is making the Lightning look like a potential juggernaut in the making. And, whichever 3-4 players finally don't make this roster, are probably going to instantly make Syracuse an Eastern Conference contender down in the AHL. Good times.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
New additions help Lightning roll the Stars.
8:04 TB Stralman (1), (Boyle, Connolly)
11:36 DAL Blanchard (1), (Ritchie, Dickinson)
16:06 DAL Ranford (1), (Sceviour, Fiddler)
16:35 TB Kunyk (1), (Hedman, Ikonen)
4:36 TB Stralman (2), (unassisted)
8:34 TB Kucherov (1), (Stamkos, Callahan)
13:26 TB Corrente (1), (Boyle)
7:44 TB Callahan (1), (unassisted)
9:00 DAL Spezza (1), (Ritchie, Ranford)
After icing two rosters against Nashville primarily composed of AHL and junior-level players, the Lightning put out something closer to their opening night roster tonight. They hung a six-pack of goals on the board. That's not too shabby.
Box score from NHL.com.
Nothing to sneeze at, actually.
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 1 goal on 32 shots for the hard luck loss. He sparkled at times. Best of luck to Coach Zettler deciding between Kristers and Vasya most nights in Syracuse.
3:17 NSH Forsberg (1), (Ribeiro)
Gudlevskis was the game's third star.
I can't feel too upset with the Lightning playing the roster they did tonight and finishing a post or two from upsetting something that closely approximates Nashville's opening night team. Shea Weber and Roman Josi were Nashville's high men in ice time tonight. Tampa Bay? Mark Barberio and Andrej Sustr were the blue hairs in there tonight for the Lightning. Kind of says it all, and it's another sign for optimism for Syracuse fans.
Box score from NHL.com.
Young Lightning Crunch Nashville.
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 30 shots in his North American debut for the victory. After falling behind 2-1 in the Second Period, the big Russian slammed the door the rest of the way, which is what good starting goaltenders do.
1:02 NSH Forsberg (1), (Wilson)
5:41 TB Kucherov (1), (Namestnikov, Marchessault)
7:40 NSH Smith (1), (Roy)
8:35 TB Marchessault (1), (Namestnikov)
13:49 TB Barberio (1), (Filppula, Witkowski)
15:08 TB Marchessault (2), (Namestnikov, Kucherov)
If you're a Syracuse Crunch fan, you have to be very satisfied with the way this group of players performed tonight. Your stud rookie netminder lived up to expectations. What may be your top line exploded for 3 goals including keying a big comeback. And Luke Witkowski beat the brown runny out of someone, to boot. Not a lot to complain about there.
Box score from NHL.com.
TAMPA BAY –The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Ben Bishop to a two-year contract extension today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Bishop, 6-foot-7, 214 pounds, posted a 37-14-7 record last season in 63 games. He also recorded a .924 save percentage and a 2.23 goals-against average. He ranked fourth in the NHL for games played and wins, as well as seventh for save percentage and goals-against average. Bishop’s five shutouts placed fifth in the NHL and were the second-most ever posted in franchise history. He set Lightning single season records for wins, save percentage and goals-against average. Bishop set the franchise mark for most saves in a game on January 19 at Carolina with 48. His 1,625 saves were the second most in a season by a Lightning goaltender. His successful season led to a nomination for the Vezina Trophy, given annually to the player voted to be the league’s best netminder.