Times like these, when we're down on our luck, it's important to remember there are still those who are even less fortunate... Panthers fans.
Anders Lindback allowed 2 goals on 39 shots for the win. Stat line looks good. Second goal allowed was kind of ugly. But, he made the key stop on a late Third Period breakaway to preserve the win. For as much hand wringing as there is about Anders, he's got a winning record.
01:36 TB Lecavalier (7), (St. Louis, Killorn)
17:48 TB St. Louis (7), (Killorn, Lecavaler)
00:13 FLA Versteeg (2), (Goc)
11:24 FLA Kopecky (11), (Skille)
05:30 TB Stamkos (20), (Purcell, St. Louis)(PP)
The Lightning were outshot 39-13 (not a typo) in the contest, but still walked away with the win. Normally, I'd be outraged by that, but then imagine how Panthers Fan must feel like God truly hates him and his team. Then I laugh and feel a little better.
Alex Killorn had 2 assists and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes and 6 hits in 16:08.
Ondrej Palat was -1 with 4 hits in 13:04.
Radko Gudas had 2 hits and 3 blocked shots in 15:20 in his NHL debut. Moved well and didn't look out of place.
Cory Conacher was -1 with 1 shot and 3 hits in 14:18.
Let the Nichushkin watch begin!
Cedrick Desjardins allowed 4 goals on 29 shots for the victory. You hate to judge a guy on one start, but there's a reason the guy has bounced around the AHL, mostly.
05:30 TB Stamkos (19), (St. Louis, Hedman)
07:38 MTL Plekanec (11), (Markov)
08:15 TB Salo (2), (Crombeen, Thompson)
12:20 TB Malone (5), (Stamkos, St. Louis)(PP)
03:48 MTL Gionta (8), (Ryder, Boullion)(PP)
07:33 MTL Emelin (2), (Gionta, Ryder)
12:03 MTL Gallagher (7), (Pacioretty)
Sami Salo was the game's third star.
No way the team should have lost that game heading into the Third with a 2 goal lead, and Montreal's comeback looked really easy. Way too easy. This is a really, really bad Lightning team right now and you can't help but wonder what fundamental changes are on the horizon. Specifically, I wonder how much longer Martin St. Louis is willing to devote to a team that will likely miss the playoffs two straight years in the twilight of his career. He's only got a few more productive years, and I don't know that he'll want to wet nurse another top-10 pick next year (possibly top-5 the way this is going) along with the likes of Connolly and all the kids from Syracuse. There's some sad days potentially coming, I'm afraid to say.
Alex Killorn was -1 with 1 shot, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 19:26. One of his three hits helped create a goal. He's a very good all-around player.
Ondrej Palat was -1 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 9:24.
Pierre-Cedric Labrie had 3 hits in 6:26.
Cory Conacher had 1 shot and 1 hit in 8:34. Less ice time than Palat? My eyebrow is raised.
Season keeps slipping away.
Anders Lindback allowed 2 goals on 28 shots, but the 2 goals were very soft. Hard to blame the goaltender when he only gets 1 goal of support, but he didn't help, that's for sure.
10:05 WPG Tangradi (1), (unassisted)
06:57 TB Stamkos (18), (St. Louis, Malone)
15:52 WPG Little (4), (Ladd)
Steven Stamkos was the game's third star.
Frustrating game. The Lightning had well over 20 scoring chances against a backup netminder. Lots of power play chances. Against Winnipeg that should equal a pretty lopsided win for the Lightning. Games aren't played on paper, unfortunately.
Alex Killorn had 2 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 21:28. That's not a typo. Clearly the coaching staff believes in the young man.
Ondrej Palat was -1 with 2 hits in 11:31. Had the go-ahead goal off a feed from Conacher and slammed it off the post. Unfortunate.
Pierre-Cedric Labrie had 1 shot and 1 hit in 7:12.
Cory Conacher was -1 in 13:01. He's clearly been passed on the depth chart by Killorn at this point.
Hoping for floodgates...
Anders Lindback allowed 2 goals on 27 shots for the win. Little talked about fact: for as much negativity there is about the kid, Lindback's 8-5-1 this season.
17:04 TB Thompson (5), (Conacher, Palat)
05:53 TB St. Louis (6), (Killorn, Lecavalier)
13:13 TB Killorn (4), (St. Louis, Lecavalier)
08:36 TB Thompson (6), (Conacher, Salo)
13:44 NJ Henrique (6), (Carter)
15:15 NJ Elias (6), (Zajac, Kovalchuk)(PP)
18:40 TB Crombeen (1), (Hall, Thompson)(EN)
The Lightning have to hope this opens the flood gates. If I view the glass half full, the team started to turn the corner against Pittsburgh. On paper I expected them to be blown out of that game so they exceeded expectations to carry a lead into the Third Period. To blow out a pretty good New Jersey team on the road is another hopeful sign. But, 1 win is just 1 win, and the Lightning need to string together several more in the next 2-3 weeks to get back to being viable as a playoff contender.
Oh, and with 1 goal and 4 assists on the night, the kids are still alright. Jon Cooper develops one heck of a good brand of young hockey player.
Alex Killorn had 1 goal and 1 assist and was +1 with 1 shot in 15:37. He's going to be a fixture in Tampa Bay for a long time, from the looks of it.
Ondrej Palat had an assist and was +2 with 3 shots in 12:33.
Pierre-Cedric Labrie had 7 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 8:26.
Cory Conacher rebounded from -3 ugliness against the Pens with 2 assists, a +2 rating, 1 shot, and 1 blocked shot in 11:49.
Can't win a close game. Can't do it.
Mathieu Garon allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the loss.
05:32 TB Stamkos (15), (Purcell, Bergeron)(PP)
08:38 TB Killorn (3), (Purcell, St. Louis)
03:22 BOS Seguin (4), (Hamilton, Krejci)(PP)
04:39 BOS Peverley (3), (McQuaid, Paille)
17:44 BOS Marchand (11), (Bergeron)(PP)
Teddy Purcell was the game's third star.
Alex Killorn had a goal and was -1 with 4 shots and 1 hit in 19:06. Mark it down. 3/2/13 was the day Guy Boucher started to feed Killorn the most minutes of all the rookies.
Pierre-Cedric Labrie had 5 PIMs, 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 5:34.
Cory Conacher had 2 shots and 1 hit in 14:28.
Everything's slipping away...
Mathieu Garon allowed 4 goals on 42 shots for the loss.
07:23 NYR Hagelin (7), (McDonagh)
08:40 NYR Stepan (4), (Callahan, Girardi)
16:09 TB St. Louis (5), (Brewer, Stamkos)
16:08 NYR Staal (2), (Miller, Nash)(PP)
18:27 NYR Nash (4), (Richards, McDonagh)
Let's state the obvious: 1. The team can't win a close game. 2. They can't win on the road. 3. They can't beat anyone outside of the Southeast Division.
Alex Killorn was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 4 shots, and 1 blocked shot in 16:14.
Richard Panik played 7:38.
Cory Conacher had 1 shot and 1 hit in 14:33.
The Lightning lose one they really couldn't afford to let get away.
Mathieu Garon allowed 2 goals on 21 shots for the loss.
01:24 TB Stamkos (14), (Purcell, Conacher)
10:02 BUF Hodgson (8), (Sekera, Vanek)
00:52 BUF Myres (3), (Vanek, Hodgson)
Steven Stamkos was the game's third star.
With so many road games on the docket over the next week, the Lightning really needed to capitalize at home against a struggling Sabres team. And, to be honest, they didn't play badly, outshooting Buffalo 31-21 and really badly outchancing them, too. Unfortunately, they have Ryan Miller, who stole them a win tonight.
Alex Killorn was -2 with 4 shots and 1 hit in 12:38.
Richard Panik had 1 hit in 8:36.
Cory Conacher had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot in 17:19.
Same problems continue to plague Lightning.
01:16 PIT Crosby (8), (Kunitz)
07:15 PIT Crosby (9), (Neal, Martin)
19:26 PIT Martin (3), (Cooke)
01:37 TB Brewer (4), (Stamkos, Killorn)
03:14 TB Stamkos (13), (Purcell, St. Louis)(PP)
12:20 PIT Bennett (1), (Crosby, Letang)(PP)
03:15 TB Conacher (7), (Hedman, Stamkos)
19:08 PIT Cooke (3), (Sutter, Letang)(EN)
Steven Stamkos was the game's second star.
Too many early goals allowed. Too many goals late in periods. This team seems to be playing from behind 90% of the time, and that's not a way you win games in professional hockey.
Alex Killorn had a helper and was +1 with 3 shots and 2 hits in 15:08. Good things happen when he has the puck.
Richard Panik was +1 with 2 shots and 2 blocked shots in 10:57. He had the potential tying goal on his stick on a Third Period breakaway but just didn't have the time and space to make much of a move.
Cory Conacher had a goal and was -1 with 3 shots and 1 blocked shot in 14:20. Players are taking liberties with Conacher physically and at some point someone on the Lightning needs to defend the guy. He's leading the league in rookie scoring and he's getting the snot beaten out of him. Stevie Y had a pretty good protector in his early years by the name of Bob Probert. Conacher needs a little Secret Service protection, too.
The kids are alright.
Mathieu Garon allowed 2 goals on 34 shots for the win. If Mathieu Garon got to play the Hurricanes 55-60 times a year, he'd win the Vezina Trophy. It's a shame he can't stop a beach ball against any other team. At the opposite end of the rink, it took 40 minutes, but Dan Ellis finally turned into a sieve in the Third Period. Anything less than 5 goals against Dan Ellis would not have done.
10:54 TB Bergeron (1), (unassisted)
02:11 TB Pouliot (6), (Lecavalier, St. Louis)
03:04 CAR Bowman (1), (Nash, Larose)
07:37 TB Panik (1), (Hall, Stamkos)
07:55 TB Pyatt (4), (Killorn, Brewer)
16:11 CAR Larose (2), (Sanguinetti, Jokinen)
17:38 TB Stamkos (12), (Conacher, Salo)
Garon and Steven Stamkos were the game's first and second stars. Balderdash, I say! The stars of tonight's game were the kids. The 18 second span where Panik and Killorn each made brilliant individual plays took a death struggle and turned it into a laugher. When you add in Conacher's assist on Stamkos' icing on the cake goal, you have a night to make Bolt Prospects very proud.
Alex Killorn had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot in 13:52. That behind the back assist from the corner to Pyatt was just a thing of beauty. The kid has so much poise and plays such a straightforward game, but he has just enough skill to do that to you from time to time. Guy Boucher reportedly loves him some Killorn. Saw that coming a mile away. How could any coach not like a player like Killorn?
Richard Panik (pictured) scored his first NHL goal and was +1 with 4 shots and 1 blocked shot. Panik attack, y'all! He only got 7:50 of ice time, but you just see the explosiveness. I doubt he stays up when/if Malone gets healthy again, but Panik's going to be an NHL regular sooner rather than later. There's too much there.
Old man Cory Conacher had a helper and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 15:40.
I hate Boston.
Anders Lindback allowed 4 goals on 26 shots for the loss. Really odd positioning on the backbreaking 4th goal going down in the butterfly on a puck that was shot well wide of the net. Clearly, he lost track of the puck. Not good.
01:11 BOS Horton (5), (Hamilton)
03:50 BOS Bergeron (3), (Marchand)
08:13 TB Stamkos (11), (Purcell, Bergeron)
09:00 TB Conacher (6), (Purcell, Stamkos)
13:58 BOS Marchand (9), (Seguin, Bergeron)
02:33 BOS Horton (6), (Chara, Hamilton)
Teddy Purcell was the game's second star.
It's been a troubling trend for the Lightning allowing themselves to get jumped on early in periods, and it's got to change.
Alex Killorn had 4 shots and 1 hit in 12:09. You know he had to really want to show out against Beantown.
Richard Panik was -2 with 2 hits in 9:05.
Cory Conacher had 1 goal, 2 shots, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 18:32.