... And you keep winning...
Mike Smith allowed 1 goal on 27 shots for the win.
03:26 TB Tyrell (2), Jones (6), Thompson (6)
05:15 TB Stamkos (20), St Louis (19), Downie (8)
11:36 TB Purcell (4), Moore (4), Malone (9)
10:38 BOS Ryder (6), Wheeler (4), Caron (3)
The Lightning absolutely dominated Boston for about 36 of the first 40 minutes, and outshot Boston 36-27 overall on the game, with a ton of chances. They could've scored another 8 like in Philly if not for the play of Tuukka Rask. That's a nice statement to make on national TV.
Mathieu Roy had 1 hit in 2:51. Nice work if you can get it.
Dana Tyrell had a goal and was +1 with 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 12:33. That was probably his best NHL game thus far, and not just because of the goal he got going into a high traffic area. His speed was evident, and he got himself another nice chance from the left wing circle he just shot wide with Rask screened. The most impressive thing I saw, though, was Tyrell almost knocked Zdeno Chara off the puck at one point after Steve Downie almost got killed trying to run at Chara. How strong is Dana Tyrell if he can move a mountain like Chara?
Blair Jones was scoreless in 6:01.
Expect moves to be made with Ritola coming off suspension and Gagne seemingly close to returning.
Maybe the craziest game I've ever seen.
04:21 PHI Nodl (4), Zherdev (1), Richards (12)
05:03 PHI Zherdev (6), Carle (5), Richards (13)
08:20 TB Stamkos (17), St Louis (15), Ellis (1)(PP)
08:36 TB Hall (3), Hedman (7), Bergenheim (5)
09:51 PHI Carter (9), O'Donnell (2), Giroux (12)
13:59 TB Malone (3), St Louis (16), Stamkos (15)(PP)
15:34 PHI Hartnell (7), Coburn (5), Carle (6)
18:04 PHI Briere (10), Hartnell (7), O'Donnell (3)
18:18 TB Clark (4), Moore (3), Hedman (8)
04:11 TB Stamkos (18), St Louis (17), Lundin (5)
04:59 PHI Zherdev (7), Powe (4), Pronger (7)
09:27 PHI Meszaros (1), van Riemsdyk (5), Betts (4)
09:41 TB Downie (3), St Louis (18), Stamkos (16)
18:59 TB Stamkos (19), Purcell (8), St Louis (19)(PP)
05:19 TB Thompson (3), Tyrell (2), Bergenheim (6)
What'd we see tonight? 1.) 15 goals? Check. 2.) A hat trick for #91 on just three amazing shots? Three shots. Three kills. Check. 3.) Brett Clark scoring a goal by shooting it THROUGH the net? Check. 4.) Matt Roy darned near putting a guy in the hospital? Check. 5.)And the biggest shocker of all: in a game with 15 goals your winner is scored by... Nate Thompson? Nate bleeping Thompson!?
Mind you, there were a few things this game could have used to spice it up a little more: 1.) Mike Smith scoring an empty net goal and then doing snow angels in his crease to celebrate. 2.) Creating a timewarp where ex-Lightning player Kurtis Foster breaks a pane of glass and/or Evgeny Artyukhin puts a player through the glass. 3.) Steve Downie inciting a riot/bench clearer that ends with the stands being set on fire. 4.) For no good reason, Rudy Poeschek and Paul Laus happening to be in attendance and getting in a Pier 6 brawl at the nacho stand. 5.) A live penguin sliding out onto the ice and halting play. Baseball has squirrels and birds. I feel hockey should have the occassional stray penguin halting play. 6.) I like this one the best. Coach Fleming hitting Hulk Hogan with a steel chair while the ref isn't looking so Guy Boucher can get the 1-2-3 at center ice and win the championship belt. Just some suggestions to Gary Bettman and Lightning management on how to improve on the already unbelievable product we saw tonight.
Johan Harju was -2 in 4:45. You couldn't swing a cat without hitting a minus in this game tonight.
Mathieu Roy was -1 with a hit that almost put Darroll Powe in traction in 4:39.
Dana Tyrell had a helper on the game winner and 2 shots and 2 blocked shots in 11:39. Andrej Meszaros is a dead man the next time the Lightning play the Flyers for trying to take out Tyrell's knees in the third period, especially considering Tyrell had major knee surgery less than 2 years ago.
The machine keeps rolling.
Cedrick Desjardins allowed 3 goals on 25 shots for the win. Gotta love six goals of support.
NOR Jones, (5) (Pouliot, Harju), 6:23
NOR Szczechura, (6) (Wishart, Roy), 16:45 (PP)
NOR Giliati, (1) (Angelidis, Gudas), 17:25
NOR Wright, (4) (Szczechura, Fornataro), 18:20
ALB Anderson, (4) (Urbom, Zharkov), 19:10
ALB Palmieri, (3) (Urbom, Sestito), 3:13
ALB Anderson, (5) (Fayne, Zharkov), 15:42
NOR Harju, (7) (Roy, Wishart), 18:14 (PP)
NOR Fornataro, (4) (Wright, Barberio), 9:41
James Wright and Matt Fornataro were the game's first and third stars. Norfolk's 51 goals scored so far this season is currently tied for third behind Portland and Oklahoma City. Marc-Antoine Pouliot is tied for fourth in the league with 18 points with, among others, Oklahoma City's Linus Omark. He's also third in the league in helpers. Johan Harju is tied for eighth in the league in scoring with 16 points. Harju's 7 goals also ties him for ninth in the league in that category. Ty Wishart and Mathieu Roy are tied for seventh in the league in points among defensemen with 10 a piece.
Bottom line, they're good.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Couldn't get on the website last night.
Mike Smith allowed 1 goal on 26 shots for the hard luck loss.
05:20 LA Williams (6), Smyth (5), Stoll (7)
Mattias Ritola had 1 hit in 10:53.
Mathieu Roy was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 9:22.
Dana Tyrell was -1 with 1 shot in 8:58.
Blair Jones had 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 9:03. He was also 4/7 on draws.