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Prospect of the Week: January 23, 2013

We continue our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Prospect of the Week for January 23 is … Cory Conacher, W, Tampa Bay (NHL – USA)

Last week the North American sports world’s biggest headlines were about a story that was fake. During the college football season, Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o was the subject of multiple stories documenting his inspirational play in memory of his deceased girlfriend. It was a heart-wrenching story… until it was proven to be false. Te’o was allegedly the victim of a hoax and his girlfriend never existed beyond someone’s imagination.

The American sports fan was already cynical, and now their ability to engage in an emotional story will take a greater hit.

Don’t let it.

Good (true) stories still exist. Take Cory Conacher as an example.

NHL Game Night: 1-22-13 Lightning at Hurricanes

The Lightning deploy the secret weapon.

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Mathieu Garon allowed 1 goal on 36 shots for the win in his first start of the season. He gave the Canes nothing cheap and held his ground when the Lightning were under seige in the Second Period.

First Period
05:18 TB Pyatt (1), (Lecavalier, Carle)
11:36 TB Conacher (2), (Lecavalier, Purcell)

Second Period
03:35 CAR Skinner (1), (J. Staal, Semin)(PP)

Third Period
01:37 TB Aulie (1), (Mikkelson)
09:57 TB Malone (1), (St. Louis, Salo)(PP)

Vincent Lecavalier, Garon, and Cory Conacher were the game's three stars.

The Lightning deployed their secret weapon, Keith Aulie who reduced a former Cup winning goaltender to ash with a short side bullet for his first goal of the season. Keith Aulie has 2 points in 3 games now. I would've bet on just about every other player on the Lightning having 2 points or more right now before #3 would. Good for the big guy.

Aulie had 1 goal and was +1 with 1 shot, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 12:20.

Conacher also had 1 goal and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes and 2 shots in 14:12. That's looking like the standard Conacher stat line early this year.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Day-After Digest: Game 2 (Islanders 4, Lightning 3)

The Day-After Digest is a new series that will appear regularly after every Lightning game as part game recap, analysis and scouting report.

By Mike Gallimore

The Rundown

The Lightning mounted a furious comeback attempt, scoring three goals in less than six minutes, but ultimately found, not surprisingly, that their four-goal hole early in the third period proved insurmountable. Tampa Bay was outshot 44-26 for the game by New York, which frustrated the Lightning attack throughout much of the first two periods. As Tampa Bay began to press and the team's structure unraveled, the Islanders were able to generate multiple breakaways and odd-man rushes, of which all of New York's goals were the result of.

"We were opening up the game," coach Guy Boucher explained afterward. "We were trying to get the goal, getting impatient."

Martin St. Louis, Benoit Pouliot and Steven Stamkos, scored for the Lightning. It was St. Louis' third goal of the season while Pouliot and Stamkos, the reigning Rocket Richard trophy winner, both notched their first.

Anders Lindback, who made 40 saves in his second start with the team, might want the last two goals he gave up back but it's hard to find fault with his performance on a night where many of the shots he faced were quality scoring chances.

Pierre-Cedric Labrie, who was scratched along with Brendan Mikkelson and Dana Tyrell in Saturday night's season opener in Tampa, made his season debut in place of Marc-Andre Bergeron as Boucher opted for a full complement of forwards instead of dressing seven defensemen. Labrie and B.J. Crombeen both started the game alongside Vincent Lecavalier, who played his 1,000th game. After the initial puck drop, both Labrie and Crombeen dropped their gloves and engaged fellow toughs Joe Finley and Matt Martin, respectively, in simultaneous fights.

"We wanted to bring some emotion to start," Boucher said. "We didn't want to look horrible like we did last year."

Whatever energy the team received from the tactic, it didn't seem to matter much as the Lightning suffered from a familiar case of inconsistency as the game wore on.

NHL Game Day: 1-21-13 Lightning at Islanders

The spirit was willing, but...

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Anders Lindback (pictured) allowed 4 goals on 44 shots for the loss. The high shot totals against have to be a concern for Guy Boucher early in the season.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
06:50 NYI Grabner (1), (Streit, Nabokov)(PP)
16:23 NYI Martin (1), (Tavares)
17:35 NYI Okposo (1), (Tavares, Moulson)

Third Period
01:31 NYI Ullstrom (1), (Aucoin, Hamonic)
02:22 TB St. Louis (3), (Stamkos, Conacher)
07:25 TB Pouliot (1), (Crombeen, Hall)
08:00 TB Stamkos (1), (Conacher, St. Louis)

Martin St. Louis was the game's third star.

Need we say the obvious? You can't fall behind 4 goals in the Third Period and expect to win. 3 goals should be a death sentence in pro hockey anyways. It's worse when you don't have the conditioning to dig deep in the last 5-10 minutes of a Third Period because of a lockout. Can't do it. They showed a lot of pride to make a game of it, but can't do it.

Keith Aulie was +1 with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 14:20.

Pierre Cedric-Labrie had a fight in 4:54. Pretty good stat line.

Cory Conacher had 2 helpers and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, and 1 shot in 16:03.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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