NHL Game Night: 1-16-10 Lightning at Panthers

The loss on Thursday really stings now.

TB-2
FLA-5

Antero Niittymaki allowed 5 goals on 18 shots in two periods for the loss before giving way to Dustin Tokarski. Tokarski stopped all 4 shots he faced in his NHL debut.

First Period
FLA 4:07, Stillman 8, (Reinprecht, Ballard)(PP)
FLA 10:28, Stillman 9, (Ballard)
TB 11:44, Tanguay 7, (Lecavalier)
TB 16:31, Meszaros 4, (Halpern, Lecavalier)(PP)
FLA 17:03, Allen 3, (Stillman, Dvorak)

Second Period
FLA 5:02, Olesz 12, (Campbell, Moore)
FLA 12:36, Olesz 13, (Ballard, Leopold)(PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Typical Lightning/Panthers game. The Lightning outshot the Panthers 46-23 and none of it mattered because every bounce went their way and every opportunity the Lightning had either skittered a half inch wide, drew iron, or was magnetically attracted to a goaltender who was standing on their head at the time. The Lightning were a little flat in the second period, true, but this is another game against the Panthers where the scoreboard and the actually level of play in the game didn't match. That's why the collapse in the third period on Thursday hurts so much. On the rare occassion the Panthers' voodoo curse on the Lightning isn't working, you'd better darned well step on their throats.

Paul Szczechura was -1 with 2 shots and 2 hits and was 33% on draws in 10:11.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.