Downie, Steve

NHL Game Night: 11-14 Kings at Lightning

The Lightning finally work in one of their mandatory 3-4 late game goal wave off hosings.

LA-2
TB-1 (SO)

Antero Niittymaki allowed 1 goal on 30 shots and only 1 of 3 shooters to score in the shootout, but still took the loss. I'm thinking the Finnish goaltenders in the organization are feeling discriminated against for lack of goal support tonight.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
LA 7:20, Doughty 4 (Kopitar, Smyth)(PP)
TB 11:39, Malone 12 (Hale, Stamkos)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
LA- Kopitar
TB- NONE

A controversial wave off of an Andrei Meszaros overtime goal ushered the Lightning into the shootout where they re-established their season-long streak of futility after a brief taste of success against Minnesota.

Steve Downie had 2 penalty minutes and 3 hits in 13:49.

Zenon Konopka had 15 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 6:02.

Paul Szczechura had 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 13:25.

James Wright had 1 shot in 8:57.

Victor Hedman had 3 shots, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 26:13.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-12 Wild at Lightning

Flip. The. Script.

MIN-3
TB-4 (SO)

Antero Niittymaki allowed 3 goals on 34 shots and stopped both shooters he faced in the penalty shot session for the big shootout win.

First Period
MIN 16:53, Pouliot 2 (Sheppard, Schultz)

Second Period
MIN 3:47, Johnsson 2 (Brunette, Koivu)(PP)
TB 8:44, Stamkos 13 (Malone)(SH)
MIN 11:35, Nolan 4 (unassisted)

Third Period
TB 9:17, Downie 2 (Halpern, Ohlund)
TB 19:45, Malone 11 (Stamkos, St. Louis)(PP)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
MIN- NONE
TB- Lecavalier, Stamkos

After frittering away 3-4 points already this season by allowing opponents to tie a game late and then losing in the shootout, the Lightning flipped the script to steal 2 points from Minnesota and stay unbeaten in regulation at home.

Steve Downie had a big goal to key the comeback and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 11:49. He's 5 games from graduation from prospect status here on Bolt Prospects.

Zenon Konopka had 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 7:17. And, thankfully, he chose not to commit suicide by fighting Boogard.

Paul Szczechura had 1 shot and was 75% on draws in 11:54. He brought some jump back to the lineup.

James Wright was -1 with 1 shot in 12:41.

Victor Hedman had 1 shot in 24:02 in his first game back from the concussion. He was wildly out of position on Minnesota's first goal, but was decent otherwise.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11/7 Lightning at Canadiens

Niitty is so gangsta.

TB-3
MTL-1

Antero Niittymaki has been a revelation. He stopped 36 of 37 tonight to give his Lightning team a chance to get the win. Ride him 'til the wheels come off.

First Period
TB 10:09, Malone 10 (St. Louis, Lecavalier)(PP)
TB 19:13, Tanguay 3 (Malone, Lecavalier)

Second Period
MTL 9:44, Gionta 7 (Spacek, Gomez)(PP)
TB 18:01, Wright 2 (Tanguay, Halpern)

Third Period
NO SCORING

This fell somewhere between the Toronto and Ottawa games in terms of how the Lightning played. The offensive flow and continuity is still absent (21 shots), and they were slightly tighter defensively than in Toronto but not quite as good as in Ottawa. Nitty has collected 4 of 6 points in these past 3 games and the team hasn't played to its potential.

Steve Downie had 1 hit in 12:36. This was his quietest game in a Lightning uniform in a long while.

Drew Miller played 9:16.

Zenon Konopka had 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 8:58.

James Wright scored the big insurance marker in the game and was +1 with 2 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 12:39.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11/5 Lightning at Senators

I actually thought tonight was a huge improvement over the Toronto game.

TB-2
OTT-3 (OT)

Antero Niittymaki allowed 3 goals on 29 shots for the overtime loss. I thought it was another quality start. I feel like he should clearly be the starter at this stage.

First Period
TB 3:03, Tanguay 2 (Halpern, Downie)(PP)
OTT 5:02, Alfredsson 6 (Spezza, Michalek)

Second Period
OTT 12:00, Fisher 6 (Kovalev, Spezza)(PP)
TB 13:40, Stamkos 12 (St. Louis, Lecavalier)(PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
OTT 4:17, Spezza 1 (Kuba, Fisher)(PP)

The offense is still lacking in continuity and not generating as many chances and as much forecheck as you might want, but the defensive effort was light years better than against Toronto.

Steve Downie had an assist, 17 penalty minutes, and 1 blocked shot in 8:45. Downie is now 7 games shy of graduating from prospect status here on Bolt Prospects.

Zenon Konopka had 1 hit, 2 blocked shots, and was 80% on draws in 8:51.

James Wright had 2 hits and was 50% on draws in 13:50.

Victor Hedman had 2 blocked shots in 15:17 before leaving the game after getting hit by Ottawa's Chris Neil. The way he grabbed his head, I'm a little worried it's a concussion.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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