NHL Game Day 10/5: Lightning at Rangers

Pathetic.

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Olaf Kolzig played well stopping 37 of 39 shots in the loss. He also deserved better.

First Period
18:17 TBL Adam Hall, (Andrej Meszaros, Chris Gratton)

Second Period
03:47 NYR Wade Redden, (Markus Naslund, Scott Gomez)(PP)
12:12 NYR Scott Gomez, (Aaron Voros, Wade Redden)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Don't be fooled by the score. The Lightning were never really in this game until a late surge when they tried to get the equalizer to steal at least a point. The Lightning were outshot 39-19 in the game and, generally, outplayed in every facet. For all the weapons that the club has, they showed absolutely no structure this weekend. The team may be very fortunate that they play so few games in the opening month of the season, because right now they look light years away from being able to be a competitive team, let alone a winning team.

Janne Niskala had 4 hits in 14:14.

Vladimir Mihalik was -1 in 12:15 with 2 hits. He was caught on Gomez's goal standing around and not tying up the man in front.

Steven Stamkos had 1 shot and 2 hits in 14:53 and he was 75% on draws. On the good side, he rang a post that almost tied the game up in the second period. On the bad side, he took a lazy hooking penalty late that killed the Lightning's rally. All that said, he got nearly 15 minutes tonight, and that's the kind of ice time he needs from Coach Melrose.

Roster moves will no doubt be coming tomorrow. At a minimum, the club will have to send Karri Ramo down to Norfolk now that the roster limit reduces to 23. There will also probably be at least one move made on defense when Paul Ranger returns to the lineup. The obvious move would be to send Mihalik down to Norfolk. However, I could imagine Jamie Heward being the odd man out as well. Also, expect some pressure to bring Matt Smaby back up sooner or later. Initial reports out of Norfolk camp are good for Smaby, and you can make a strong argument he never should have been sent down in the first place. Adding spice to the situation are rumors that the club may move Shane O'Brien, who was a healthy scratch in this afternoon's game.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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First two games...

"Don't be fooled by the score. The Lightning were never really in this game until a late surge when they tried to get the equalizer to steal at least a point." Pete, I couldn't agree more. I've watched both games this weekend and all I've seen is the Lightning running around the ice and chipping the puck out of their zone. They've had no flow, no organization, no offense, really no defence, hell...they've been just trying to hold on. I'm happy though that for the first time in several years there appears to be quality in net as both Smith and Kolzig played very well and are the only reasons the scores in each game were as close as it appears. This goes to show that you can go out and spend money on alot of high priced players but it doesn't make a quality team. On paper with the names out there the team looks like they could be a force, but then they get on the ice and have no team concept and are exposed as a farce. Settle in folks, it's going to be a long season....again.

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