NHL Game Night: 11/14/10 Wild at Lightning

If it weren't for bad luck, the Lightning would have no luck, right now.

MIN-4
TB-1

Dan Ellis allowed 3 goals on 17 shots for the loss.

First Period
07:16 MIN Clutterbuck (6), Cullen (11), Havlat (10)(PP)
11:31 TB St Louis (7), Clark (4), Stamkos (13)(PP)
12:55 MIN Madden (3), Havlat (11), Zidlicky (5)
19:30 MIN Miettinen (4), Brunette (6), Koivu (12)(PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
19:11 MIN Nystrom (1), unassisted(EN)

Martin St. Louis was the game's third star.

Despite outshooting Minnesota 38-18, the Lightning didn't generate as many chances as the lopsided shot totals might suggest. People thinking it's easy to absorb losing a player like Vincent Lecavalier out of your lineup, and especially off your power play, should take notice.

Mattias Ritola had 1 shot in 10:57 and was 43% on draws.

Johan Harju was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 9:10. He was soft a couple of times along the wall, weakly moving a puck blindly to a Minny point man on one play and meekly moving a puck along in the neutral zone on another. Other than blind passes to the middle of the ice, that's the quickest way I know of to get an NHL coach to send you back down.

Dana Tyrell played a very quiet 8:56.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.