NHL Game Night: 1-29-13 Panthers at Lightning

Sinking rivals thrown anchor...

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Anders Lindback stopped 26 of 28 for the victory. He had a bone headed puck handling gaffe that cost him the first goal he allowed. If he can clear up some of the mistakes, his numbers are going to start looking quite nice.

First Period
11:09 TB Stamkos (4), (St. Louis, Lecavalier)(PP)
11:24 FLA Mueller (2), (unassisted)
12:49 TB Conacher (3), (Hedman)

Second Period
03:18 TB Pyatt (3), (Tyrell)
15:39 TB Tyrell (1), (Pyatt, Pouliot)

Third Period
14:13 TB Lecavalier (3), (Pouliot, Conacher)(PP)
14:31 FLA Fleischmann (2), (unassisted)(SH)

Cory Conacher (pictured), Tom Pyatt, and Bolt Prospects Alumni Dana Tyrell were the game's three stars.

With the Panthers already off to a 1-4 start, this was an opportunity for the Lightning to really put their rivals behind the 8-ball in a 48 game shortened season and they capitalized on it big time. Killer instinct. You also have to like how the shots against and goals against are creeping to acceptable levels.

Keith Aulie was +1 with 3 hits in 12:24. Tonight was Aulie's 82nd NHL game, graduating him from prospect status on the website. Aulie becomes a Bolt Prospects Alumni joining the likes of the afore mentioned Tyrell.

Conacher had 1 goal and 1 assist and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes and 3 shots in 13:05. Standard Honey Badger stat line. He was also hosed on a holding call chasing a loose puck that would have resulted in a breakaway goal.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.