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Game Night 12/8: Blues at Lightning

Back from their brief vacation, the Lightning squeak out a win. STL-4 TB-5 Fedotenko, Prospal and Modin had multi-point nights. Both Ranger and Artyukhin added assists. Ranger also had 15:28 of ice time and was an outstanding +3 on the night. Evgeny Artyukhin had 9:14 of ice time, two shots, one brutal hit, and was part of the key forechecking shift that tied the game on Tim Taylor's third period goal. The Lightning, still only playing to 85% of their capability, are now 9-1-1 over their last 11 games. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020419.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Isn't It Amazing?

Lost in the last couple of weeks of hockey is the fact that as of right now the Tampa Bay Lightning have the best record of any team in the NHL over their last 10 games (8-1-1). Isn't it amazing? Especially when you think it seems like just yesterday we were lamenting a six game losing streak and the hockey media was just about getting ready to write the Tampa Bay Lightning's obituary. And the interesting thing is: I think we'd all have to agree this club is only playing up to about 85% of its capability right now. The offense has not been anywhere near as explosive as it could be and the defense, while workmanlike on many nights allowing a miniscule amount of shots, could be tighter. Heaven help the NHL if the Lightning finds fourth gear. It's good to be the champs.

Game Night 12/2: Blackhawks at Lightning

John Grahame is working his way back to form. CHI-2 TB-3 (SO) That's right, the Tampa Bay Lightning have won two shootouts in a row. Amazing, isn't it? Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020387.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 11/30: Leafs at Lightning

Like pulling teeth... TOR-1 TB-2 John Grahame stopped 20 of 21 for the victory in a night checking game that often resembled a rugby scrum. Paul Ranger notched an assist on a good crisp breakout pass that Vincent Lecavalier quickly moved up to Marin St. Louis who broke in for a goal on Ed Belfour. Ranger played 16:43 tonight and was +1 although he did take two minor penalties. It seems to me he's struggled a bit in his own zone in the past week or so as forwards physically challenge him along the wall. Plays where he was effectively slipping checks last month he's getting caught by forecheckers now and they're testing him. Evgeny Artyukhin with a physical 7:34 of ice time in which he registered 3 hits. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/ES020372.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 11/23: Lightning at Capitals

Now THAT is some exciting NHL action. TB-4 WSH-3 (SO) The Lightning reacted to falling behind 3-0 in a very positive way and charged back to tie the game 3-3 partly on the strength of two Dan Boyle goals and had numerous opportunities to win it in regulation and overtime. But, perhaps, this way is better as the Lightning finally got the shootout monkey off their backs thanks to John Grahame and shootout markers by Brad Richards and Vaclav Prospal. Amongst the rookies, I thought Paul Ranger quietly had an outstanding game at his end of the rink. He continues to surprise me with how poised he is defensively. The young man is very active with the stick and is very cool, calm and adept at spinning away from forecheckers and making the smart play to move the puck out of danger. 19:20 of even ice time tonight. Evgeny Artyukhin with 11:07 of ice time, 3 hits and 2 minor penalties. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020324.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]
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