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NHL Game Night 10/28: Lightning at Hurricanes

Ugly.

TB-4
CAR-6

It was never really as close as the score indicates. Marc Denis allowed 4 goals on 17 shots in the loss before giving way to Johan Holmqvist who allowed 2 goals on 12 shots. Vincent Lecavalier and Vaclav Prospal each had a goal and an assist for the Lightning. Defensemen Filip Kuba and Dan Boyle each had a pair of helpers. The other Lightning goals were scored by Ruslan Fedotenko and Martin St. Louis with am individual assist going to Paul Ranger.

Tonight's game was another example of a problem the Lightning have had the past two seasons, which is allowing one bad goal or bad play to snowball into multiple goals and a huge momentum swing they cannot recover from. Tonight it was a soft goal allowed by Denis followed by a pittiful unforced turnover by Dan Boyle in the Lightning zone resulting in a goal. The Lightning miss having veteran leadership like Jassen Cullimore to put out on the ice in those situations and it shows.

First Period
Tampa Bay 5:48, Vaclav Prospal 2 (Paul Ranger)
Carolina 8:23, Eric Staal 7 (power play) (Justin Williams)
Carolina 8:32, Kevyn Adams 1 (Craig Adams)
Carolina 9:06, Erik Cole 2 (Ray Whitney, Rod Brind'Amour)

2nd Period
Carolina 5:14, Eric Staal 8 (power play) (Rod Brind'Amour, Anton Babchuk)
Tampa Bay 12:23, Ruslan Fedotenko 5 (Filip Kuba, Vincent Lecavalier)
Tampa Bay 16:41, Vincent Lecavalier 5 (power play) (Vaclav Prospal, Dan Boyle)
Carolina 17:34, Scott Walker 6 (Eric Staal)

3rd Period
Carolina 0:55, Scott Walker 7 (Ray Whitney, Rod Brind'Amour)
Tampa Bay 11:32, Martin St. Louis 6 (Filip Kuba, Dan Boyle)

Doug Janik played 15:02 with 1 shot and 2 blocks. Eric Perrin got 15:03 with 1 hit and was 75% on draws. Nick Tarnasky (not Nick Tinarski as the poorly prepared an laughably bad Carolina play-by-play folks would have you believe) played 6:05.

Game sheet from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night 10/26: Hurricanes at Lightning

Marc Denis is 4-0-0 when the Lightning give him 3 or more goals of support. CAR-1 TB-5 Denis stopped 23 of 24 shots faced as the Lightning pasted the defending champs by the same score Carolina defeated the Lightning by two weeks ago. Revenge is sweet. Martin St. Louis had a second period natural hat trick to lead the way. Ruslan Fedotenko had a goal and an assist and Brad Richards, Filip Kuba and [url=paul-ranger]Paul Ranger[/url] each had a pair of assists. The other Lightning goal was scored by Vincent Lecavalier and individual helpers went to Cory Sarich and Dan Boyle. [b]Scoring Summary[/b] [b]1st Period [/b] Tampa Bay 7:02, Ruslan Fedotenko 4 (Cory Sarich, Paul Ranger) [b]2nd Period[/b] Tampa Bay 10:46, Martin St. Louis 3 (power play) (Brad Richards, Filip Kuba) Tampa Bay 15:22, Martin St. Louis 4 (Filip Kuba, Brad Richards) Tampa Bay 17:03, Martin St. Louis 5 (Dan Boyle) [b]3rd Period [/b] Tampa Bay 4:20, Vincent Lecavalier 4 (power play) (Ruslan Fedotenko, Paul Ranger) Carolina 14:45, Eric Staal 6 (shorthanded) (unassisted) Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20062007/GS020140.HTM]NHL.com[/url]. Doug Janik played 18:49 with 1 shot and 2 blocked shots. Eric Perrin had 2 shots in 12:37 with 2 blocked shots and he was a perfect 6/6 on draws. [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url] was +1 in 7:04 with 1 shot and 1 hit.

NHL Game Night 10/21: Lightning at Capitals

Offense clicking and back to .500. Time to unleash some revenge on the Canes. TB-6 WSH-4 Marc Denis stopped 29 of 33 for the win. Nikita Alexeev, of all people, had a pair of goals while Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist each. Vincent Lecavalier and Andreas Karlsson also had goals while Pratt, Tarnasky, Taylor, Afanasenkov and Boyle all had individual helpers. For [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url], it was his first point of the season. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20062007/GS020110.HTM]NHL.com[/url]. Doug Janik blocked one shot in 8:44. Eric Perrin was -1 with 1 block in 12:36. Tarnasky was +1 in 3:39 with 4 penalty minutes. It cannot be underestimated how important it was for Brad Richards to finally score a goal or what a great omen it is for "the big three" to all get goals tonight. The Lightning should be going into these upcoming games against Carolina confident and ready to prove they've got a legitimate contender for the division title this year.

Craig Out One Month

[url=http://www.tbo.com/sports/lightning/MGBHPCXUITE.html]According to Erik Erlendsson of the Trib[/url], Bolt Prospects alumnus and Lightning leading scorer [url=ryan-craig]Ryan Craig[/url] will miss a month after suffering a Grade 2 MCL knee sprain in last night's win against Philadelphia. There is no word yet on a replacement recall from Springfield. Craig had 5 goals and 6 points in 7 games with a team leading +6 rating.

NHL Game Night 10/19: Flyers at Lightning

It's good to know that even in lean times the Lightning still own Philadelphia. PHI-1 TB-4 Marc Denis stopped 34 of 35 for the win and came painfully close to getting the shutout. Vaclav Prospal emerged from his slumber to score a goal and an assist while Richards and Lecavalier had two helpers each. Craig, Fedotenko and Alexeev had the other goals and St. Louis and Sarich had individual assists. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20062007/GS020096.HTM]NHL.com[/url]. Doug Janik was +2 in 17:17 with 1 shot and 2 blocked shots. He's also to be commended for answering the bell against a beast like Ben Eager and finding a way to escape with his head. Eric Perrin had 3 shots and 1 blocked shot in 9:55 and was 60% on draws. [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url] had 1 shot and 2 hits in a scant 3:46. It's important for the team to not get too high off of this win. Philly is on life support and Hitchcock may be just a few hours away from being fired by Bob Clarke. Prospal, who is often overlooked in the talk of "the big three", scoring his first goal is a positive sign but Brad Richards still hasn't scored a goal this year and was squandering opportunities to shoot the puck late in the game because he's still thinking pass first, last and only. Saturday's game against Washington will be a better bellweather of where the team is. On paper the Lightning should always beat the Caps, but as last season's eight game series demonstrated the Caps will take points from you because they will outwork you if you allow them and they have gamebreakers like Ovechkin and, this year, Semin.
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