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NHL Game Night: 4-6-13 Lightning at Islanders

This is a tough one to take.

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Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the loss. It's a tough way to lose on a strange goal that will no doubt stick in Bishop's craw for a little while.

First Period
13:45 NYI Grabner (12), (Tavares)

Second Period
04:44 TB Panik (2), (Lecavalier, Carle)

Third Period
04:00 TB Carle (4), (Stamkos, Pouliot)
13:34 NYI Martin (3), (Lee, Streit)
19:46 NYI MacDonald (3), (Bailey)(EN)

It's the first regulation loss of Jon Cooper's tenure in Tampa Bay. Matt Carle was named the game's third star.

Alex Killorn was -2 with 4 shots and 1 blocked shot in 22:02.

Matt Taormina had 4 hits and 1 blocked shot in 16:25. He's no Victor Hedman, but I thought he had a decent effort in his callup.

Tyler Johnson was -1 with 2 hits in 11:28.

Richard Panik hooked up with Vincent Lecavalier for a beautiful goal and was +1 with 1 shot and 10:08. The good was the quick release he showed on an amazing behind the back feed from Lecavalier. The bad came in the form of some questionable decisions Panik made with the puck in the neutral zone.

Radko Gudas was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 13:20. Tonight was one of the rare nights Radko looked to me to have heavy legs. I was surprised.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Zettler Anxious for First Win


By Jeremy Houghtaling

As he waits for his first win behind the Syracuse Crunch bench, Rob Zettler has gone through a range of emotions.

He’s excited and energetic, and comfortable yet anxious. Although his tenure has started with three straight losses, he knows it hasn’t stemmed from a lack of trying.

“These guys all want to win as much as I do,” Zettler said of his team. “I'm not worried about their effort. I'm not worried about how they played. We just have to find a way to get the W."

NHL Game Night: 4-4-13 Lightning at Hurricanes

Bishop making Yzerman look like a genius.

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Ben Bishop stopped all 45 shots he faced for the shutout after being acquired from Ottawa in exchange for Cory Conacher. That's quite the debut for a goaltender who is the latest to be tasked with trying to close the gaping hole left since Nikolai Khabibulin shuffled off to Chicago many moons ago. I do like the deal Yzerman made. After a red hot first 7 games in the NHL, Conacher had cooled off greatly in the 28 games since and was not having the impact on a shift-to-shift basis some of the other rookies were having. He's not chopped liver, mind you, but he also was probably never going to have higher trade value and Yzerman knew that. Leveraging that asset for a true NHL goaltender is shrewd.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
00:28 TB Purcell (8), (Carle)
15:55 TB Pyatt (8), (Killorn, Brewer)
19:17 TB Aulie (2), (Stamkos, St. Louis)

Third Period
02:24 TB St. Louis (9), (Pouliot, Carle)
07:30 TB Pouliot (7), (Stamkos, St. Louis)

Bishop, Martin St. Louis, and Benoit Pouliot were the game's three stars.

For anyone who thinks Victor Hedman isn't important to this team, look what happened tonight with him out with a lower body injury early. 45 shots against and Bishop really having to bust it to save the Lightning's bacon. Hurry back soon #77. Also, we'll see if Vincent Lecavalier manages to get back into the lineup too after also leaving in his return from the shelf. I did really like Coach Cooper's thought of putting the vet between two potential stars like Connolly and Panik, and I'd love to see them get back to it.

So it's not all roses in a 5-0 win, but good goaltending has a way of making everything look better.

Alex Killorn had a helper and was +2 with 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 18:33.

Tyler Johnson had 3 hits and 1 blocked shot and was 40% on draws in 10:42.

Richard Panik had 2 shots and 1 hit in 13:28.

Radko Gudas was +1 with 4 penalty minutes, 4 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 20:34.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Bolts Recall Tyrell, Connolly; Reassign Four Players

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled forwards Dana Tyrell and Brett Connolly from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Additionally the team has reassigned forwards Mike Angelidis and Ondrej Palat, along with defenseman Andrej Sustr and goaltender Cedrick Desjardins to the Crunch.

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