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NHL Game Night: 3-29-12 Lightning at Devils

Hard to waste a hat trick.

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Dwayne Roloson allowed 6 goals on 34 shots for the loss before giving way to Sebastien Caron who stopped all 4 shots he faced the rest of the way.

First Period
TB Malone (16), (Stamkos, Hedman), 19:16

Second Period
NJ Zubrus (17), (Elias)(SH), 3:07
TB Malone (17), (Brewer), 4:40
NJ Josefson (2), (Carter, Clarkson), 6:54
TB Malone (18), (Hedman), 10:13
NJ Kovalchuk (33), (Henrique, Parise), 13:26
NJ Zidlicky (2), (Kovalchuk, Elias)(PP), 14:37

Third Period
NJ Ponikarovsky (13), (Salvador), 2:25
NJ Clarkson (29), (Ponikarovsky, Henrique), 6:05
TB Smith (2), (Wallace, Aulie), 19:51

Ryan Malone was the game's second star. Good for him to give himself a fighting chance to get to 20 goals by the season's end.

It's good to have Vincent Lecavalier back.

As of this minute, the Lightning would pick 9th, but they're in a 4-way tie with Anaheim, the Islanders, and Carolina at 77 points. So, they could easily be in 6th position soon, and they're just 2 points ahead of Toronto, which would pick 5th. There's a certain defenseman from Red Deer I think is going 4th or 5th, at the latest, in this draft. So, while losing stinks, it might be for a good purpose.

Keith Aulie had a helper and 2 hits in 11:58.

Trevor Smith had a goal, 1 shot, and 2 hits in 16:01.

J.T. Wyman had 2 hits in 16:56. Smith and Wyman are legitimate contenders, along with about a half dozen other forwards, for a spare number of spots on the Lightning in camp next season, in my opinion. We'll see another contender, J.T. Brown, make his debut this weekend.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Lightning Sign College Free Agent Forward J.T. Brown

The Tampa Bay Lightning have announced they have signed free agent forward J.T. Brown from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. The 21-year old was the MVP of last year's Frozen Four and scored 24 goals and 47 points in 39 games for the Bulldogs this season as a sophomore. Prior to joining Minnesota-Duluth, Brown played for 2 seasons in the defensive-minded USHL, posting an impressive 34 goals and 77 points in 60 games in his final season for Waterloo. His father, Ted Brown, played 8 seasons for the NFL's Minnesota Vikings amassing 4,546 yards in rushing between 1979 and 1986 after being taken in the first round out of NC State.

The Lightning won a bidding war for Brown's services that reportedly included the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers. He is likely to spend the rest of this season with the Lightning in the NHL and he will be a strong candidate to stick with the team next season. He is lauded for his speed, grit, and shot, and was arguably the most sought after NCAA free agent remaining after University of Western Michigan junior defenseman Danny DeKeyser made the decision to stay in school.

Lightning advisor Tom Kurvers, a Minnesota-Duluth alumni, as quoted in the Duluth News Tribune:

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"He plays hard both ways, he’s aggressive, he has speed, moves the puck, has a scoring knack and is a clutch performer. He played his absolute best in the Frozen Four last year," said Tampa Bay senior adviser to the general manager Tom Kurvers, a former UMD All-American defenseman, who watched the Bulldogs 14 times this season. "His competitiveness is so noticeable and he has a little evil streak, which he’s learned to control... He’s gotten better the last two years and his time in Duluth was well spent."

NHL Game Day: 3-27-12 Lightning at Bruins

Tough draw on back to back nights.

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Dwayne Roloson allowed 4 goals on 37 shots for the loss.

First Period
TB Stamkos (54), (St. Louis), 5:03
BOS Thornton (5), (Chara), 10:54

Second Period
BOS Seidenberg (4), (Chara, Krejci), 15:05

Third Period
TB Stamkos (55), (Hedman, St. Louis)(PP), 5:46
BOS Pouliot (14), (Rolston, Chara), 11:34
BOS Marchand (26), (Bergeron, Seguin), 15:50
BOS Peverley (10), (Krejci)(EN), 19:53

Steven Stamkos was the game's second star. He might be good.

Keith Aulie had 4 penalty minutes in 7:30.

Trevor Smith was -1 in 13:57.

J.T. Wyman had 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 14:42.

Pierre-Cedric Labrie was -1 with 2 hits in 6:14.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 3-26-12 Lightning at Flyers

"Waterboys" beat varsity.

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Dwayne Roloson allowed 3 goals on 38 shots for the win. He sparkled for much of the game, including a key stop in the dying seconds to preserve the win. He sparkled so much, we forgive the softie on Philly's third goal.

First Period
TB Malone (15), (Smith)(SH), 8:08
TB Stamkos (52), (St. Louis, Purcell)(PP), 19:58

Second Period
PHI Simmonds (23), (Schenn, Kubina), 3:21
PHI Read (22), (Timonen, Voracek), 18:18

Third Period
TB St. Louis (24), (Wallace, Brewer), 2:27
TB Wyman (2), (unassisted), 17:11
PHI Hartnell (36), (Briere, Voracek)(PP), 18:47
TB Pyatt (12), (Brewer)(EN), 19:56

Roloson and Martin St. Louis were the game's first an second star.

That's what you get. Pierre McGuire reported that the Flyers were mocking one of the young Lightning callups as a waterboy. That's what you get. This Lightning team is now 2 games over .500, and they've still got the goal of a winning record to play for. Call ups or no, that's what they're going for. The right to call themselves winners.

Keith Aulie was -2 with 2 hits and 1 blocked shot in 9:12. He was dreadful tonight. Dreadful. I feel like I'm watching all the slow footedness of Matt Smaby without the open ice aggression.

Trevor Smith had a helper and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 12:38.

J.T. Wyman got a gift goal and had 1 shot in 14:31.

Pierre-Cedric Labrie was -2 with 1 shot and 3 blocked shots in 7:27.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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