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NHL Game Night: 2-19-13 Maple Leafs at Lightning

Back on a winning streak!

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Anders Lindback allowed 2 goals on 25 shots for the victory. Say what you want about old Anders, he's 7-3-1. Just win, baby.

First Period
09:25 TB Lecavalier (6), (Pouliot, St. Louis)
17:59 TOR Grabovski (4), (Kulemin, MacArthur)

Second Period
04:56 TB Stamkos (10), (Conacher, Pouliot)

Third Period
02:49 TB Killorn (2), (unassisted)
06:58 TB Carle (3), (Pouliot, Hedman)(PP)
16:08 TOR Van Reimsdyk (9), (Kessel, Bozak)

Vincent Lecavalier, Benoit Pouliot, and Matt Carle were the game's three stars.

Alex Killorn (pictured) had a goal and was +1 with 3 shots, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 13:55. There's a reason he was given a real number like 17.

Richard Panik had 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 10:20. Drew a penalty after missing the net on a scoring chance. Man he looks explosive, though.

Cory Conacher had an assist and 1 hit in 14:56. Watch out Honey Badger, Killorn's sneaking up on you in IT.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Day: 2-16-13 Lightning at Panthers

Slump busted, barely.

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Anders Lindback allowed 5 goals on 30 shots for the victory. Really only one of those goals was truly cringe-worthy. Either way, he gets the W and with the decision, he graduates from prospect status on Bolt Prospects.

First Period
00:48 FLA Matthias (3), (Weaver, Skille)
04:48 TB Pouliot (4), (Lecavalier, St. Louis)
06:51 TB Killorn (1), (Carle)

Second Period
02:27 FLA Skille (2), (Matthias, Weaver)
03:42 TB Stamkos (8), (Conacher, Purcell)
19:55 FLA Smithson (1), (Kovalev)

Third Period
01:53 FLA Huberdeau (6), (Shore, Strachan)
03:24 FLA Kopecky (3), (Weiss, Campbell)
07:28 TB Stamkos (9), (Purcell, St. Louis)(PP)
19:49 TB Purcell (4), (Stamkos, Thompson)

Overtime
01:19 TB Pouliot (5), (Pyatt, Bergeron)

Benoit Pouliot (pictured), Steven Stamkos, and Martin St. Louis were the game's three stars.

At this point of the season, against this opponent, this was 2 points the Lightning absolutely had to have. They outshot the Panthers. They outhit them. They bested them in the faceoff circles. They got the better end on special teams. And yet, still, the Lightning came within 11 seconds of dropping a must win game.

Congratulations to Alex Killorn on his first NHL goal on a pretty nice shot from the high slot. He also had 2 shots and 2 hits in 12:31.

Richard Panik had 3 hits in 7:09.

Cory Conacher had a helper and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 4 shots, and 1 hit in 15:01.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-14-13 Capitals at Lightning

I expected more after the comeback in the Canadiens game.

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Mathieu Garon allowed 4 goals on 39 shots for the loss. Far be it from me to question Guy Boucher, but at this point I'd be strapping a saddle to Anders Lindback and riding him the rest of the season.

First Period
02:40 WSH Brouwer (7), (Perrault, Backstrom)(PP)
08:23 TB St. Louis (4), (Pouliot, Lecavalier)

Second Period
05:09 WSH Fehr (2), (Perrault, Ward)

Third Period
02:22 WSH Fehr (3), (Perrault, Carlson)
07:29 WSH Beagle (1), (Schultz, Kundratek)
12:02 TB Purcell (3), (Stamkos)
16:47 TB Thompson (3), (St. Louis)

Nate Thompson was the game's third star.

Alex Killorn was -1 with 1 hit in 10:25.

Richard Panik was -1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 8:32.

Cory Conacher was -2 with 2 shots and 2 hits in 16:56.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-12-13 Canadiens at Lightning

It's a loss, but it feels like a win.

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Anders Lindback allowed 3 goals on 34 shots before allowing 1 of 2 shooters to convert in the penalty shot session for the shootout loss. He was magnificent in overtime, helping the team kill off a 4-on-3 PP. Absolutely magnificent. Here's the upshot with Anders: he still doesn't graduate from prospect status on this site until his next NHL decision. Tonight was just the second shootout in his NHL career. He's got a lot of time to gain experience and get better.

First Period
19:17 MTL Gionta (3), (Plekanec, Subban)(PP)

Second Period
8:21 MTL Subban (3), (Eller)
18:54 MTL Moen (1), (Eller, Armstrong)

Third Period
14:04 TB Hedman (3), (Pyatt, Pouliot)
18:17 TB Hedman (4), (Purcell, Salo)
19:16 TB Salo (1), (Lecavalier, St. Louis)(PP)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
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TB- NONE

Victor Hedman and Anders Lindback were the game's first and second stars.

As any reader of this blog should know by now, being down by 3 goals in the third period is supposed to be a death sentence in professional hockey. Unofficially, I'll bet 98% of the time you don't come back from it. That's why cutting leads to 2 goals to give yourself a chance heading into the third period is so important. So, when a team beats the long odds to overcome a 3 goal deficit to steal a point like the Lightning did tonight, it's a big deal for that team's confidence and swagger. And the way the Lightning got the game tied tonight is they made their own luck and got a couple of bounces on their last 2 goals. I expect the team to really break out of their slump in the next game feeding off their performance in the third period tonight. This was a shootout loss that feels like a win, for sure.

Alex Killorn was +1 with 2 penalty minutes and 1 shot on goal in 10:53.

Richard Panik was -1 with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 9:58 in his NHL debut. As with Killorn's debut in the last game, we're proud papas on the site to see Panik make it to the show.

Cory Conacher was -1 with 2 hits in 14:15.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-10-13 Lightning at Rangers

Suddenly, the entire organization is circling the drain.

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Mathiru Garon allowed 3 goals on 19 shots for the loss before being pulled for Anders Lindback who allowed 2 on 13 the rest of the way. Garon's played like hot garbage the past few starts he's had, and the third goal he allowed was horribly soft.

First Period
00:31 NYR Hagelin (2), (Nash, Girardi)
15:13 NYR Callahan (3), (unassisted)

Second Period
09:58 NYR Hagelin (3), (Staal)
14:42 TB Lecavalier (5), (Hedman, Killorn)

Third Period
12:22 NYR Asham (1), (McDonagh)
19:51 NYR Nash (3), (Hagelin, Girardi)

It's an embarassing, frustrating time to be a fan of the Lightning organization, as both Tampa Bay and Syracuse got shelled tonight and had to pull their goaltenders mid stream en route to being thumped. The symptoms are similar. Stupid turnovers. Uneven effort. Goaltending that can't seem to make big stops when they're needed to erase mistakes. It's hard not to feel disgusted right now.

Alex Killorn had 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes in his NHL debut. He also had 2 shots on goal in 13:17 of ice time, earning a promotion to the Lecavalier line. It was a pretty good debut after some early shifts where he looked a little wide eyed about the pace of the game. I just wish the result for the team had been better for his first game.

Pierre-Cedric Labrie had 1 hit in 6:45. I'm not seeing a lot of positives in his shifts. He's second to a lot of pucks, and not really landing any hits in the process.

Cory Conacher was -1 with 3 shots and 1 hit in 20:03. The fact the Lightning have to play a rookie, even one as good as Conacher, 20+ minutes to try to spark offense is an awfully bad omen.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-7-13 Lightning at Devils

It was a bad call.

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Anders Lindback allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the loss. He was victimized statistically by the two 5-on-3's at the end of the game. Lindback is now two decisions away from graduating from prospect status on the site.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
03:28 NJD Henrique (3), (Volchenkov, Elias)
13:19 TB Thompson (2), (St. Louis)

Third Period
15:02 NJD Greene (2), (Clarkson, Elias)(PP)
15:16 NJD Elias (3), (Kovalchuk, Greene)(PP)
17:45 TB Carle (2), (St. Louis, Stamkos)

It's very frustrating to have a very tight game essentially yanked out from under you the way the game tonight was by the referees. The high sticking call late in the game on Adam Hall was flat out wrong on two levels. First, Hall was in the process of trying to shoot the puck away on the PK, and last I checked the follow through when shooting a puck is specifically legislated not to be a high-sticking infraction. Second, and just as importantly, Zajac tripped Hall on the play, causing Hall to spin and fall to the ice as he was making the clearing attempt, with the stick primarily hitting Zajac's visor. Guy Boucher was absolutely right. It was a bad call. Unfortunately expressing that nugget of truth to the refs came with the price tag of the unsportsmanlike minor that made things go from bad to worse.

So the Lightning now meet adversity in the form of a 3-game losing streak smack in the middle of a tough road trip. This is where you'd hope Lindback or Garon could step up and be a streak stopper.

Cory Conacher was -1 with 1 shot in 15:10.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-5-13 Lightning at Flyers

Still trying to figure out how to win a close, tight checking game.

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Anders Lindback allowed 2 goals on 24 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
04:25 PHI Sestito (1), (Voracek, Schenn)

Third Period
09:30 TB Pouliot (3), (Purcell, Pyatt)
11:11 PHI Sestito (2), (Talbot, Fedotenko)

The Lightning have their first losing streak of the season now as they attempt to break the code on how to win a close, tight checking game. My 2 cents: the power play has to be better in games like this.

Cory Conacher had 4 shots and 1 hit in 16:35.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Prospect of the Week: February 5, 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 February 5 is … Cory Conacher, W, Tampa Bay (NHL – USA)

The Cory Conacher Show made its debut on opening night for the Lightning this season as the rookie posted a goal and an assist in his debut. He was named our Prospect of the Week for that performance.

Now, after eight games, the show is still a hit and he’s our Prospect of the Week again.

NHL Game Night: 2-2-13 Rangers at Lightning

In a close game, quality goaltending matters.

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Mathieu Garon allowed 3 goals on 30 shots tonight. He looked rusty and struggled, in my opinion. Rebounds were being kicked all over the place, he had trouble following the puck, and the last two Ranger goals were not his best efforts. Even the first goal was off a favorable rebound left on the doorstep.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
04:22 TB Stamkos (6), (Carle, St. Louis)(PP)
09:50 NYR Stepan (1), (Pyatt, Haggelin)

Third Period
03:04 NYR Nash (2), (Richards, Staal)
14:47 NYR Haggelin (1), (Pyatt)
19:39 TB Stamkos (7), (Carle, Malone)

Steven Stamkos was the game's third star.

Would the outcome have been different with Lindback in net? Perhaps. Would the outcome have been different if the Lightning were not in a back-to-back against a fresher Rangers team? I think so. Either way, this was an early stress test of the Lightning's ability to handle a more tight checking style, and while they didn't outright fail it, there are some questions left open.

Cory Conacher was -1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 16:17.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-1-13 Jets at Lightning

Lambs meet slaughter.

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Anders Lindback allowed 3 goals on 29 shots as the Lightning defense got too loose and allowed three cheapies in garbage time.

First Period
07:57 TB Conacher (4), (Carle, Pouliot)(PP)
14:11 TB Stamkos (5), (Purcell, Lindback)(PP)
16:55 TB Lecavalier (4), (St. Louis, Stamkos)(PP)

Second Period
00:26 TB Conacher (5), (Brewer, Lecavalier)
04:43 TB Thompson (1), (Crombeen, Brewer)
05:43 TB Purcell (2), (Stamkos)

Third Period
05:34 WPG Enstrom (2), (Postma, Ladd)
06:35 WPG Postma (1), (Enstrom, Little)(PP)
08:46 TB Malone (4), (Lecavalier, Conacher)
09:49 WPG Ladd (3), (Postma, Enstrom)(PP)
18:35 TB Pouliot (2), (Pyatt, Hedman)

Cory Conacher (pictured), Steven Stamkos, and Eric Brewer were the game's three stars.

Going in, the game was pretty simple to call. The Jets PK was in the low-60% range and the Lightning are over 30% with the man advantage. If Winnipeg got in the box, it would be a bloodbath, especially with Byfuglien out, and that's exactly what happened. Good job by the Lightning not to play down to the opposition.

Cory Conacher had 2 goals, 1 assist, and was +3 with 2 shots in 13:53. Standard Conacher line so far this year.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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