NHL Game Night 12/13: Lightning at Senators

There's not a worse team in the NHL on the forecheck than the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Mike Smith allowed 1 goal on 32 shots and still had to eat the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
05:04 OTT Picard (3), (Bell, Zubov)(PP)

Third Period
19:15 OTT Alfredsson (8), (Kuba, Fisher)(EN)

Jussi Jokinen hasn't won a battle along the wall in a month.

Zenon Konopka had 1 hit and a real nice fight with Chris Neil in 3:22.

Paul Szczechura was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and he was 27% on draws. And, again, he was awesome. Good positionally. Great in terms of his effort and battle level. Szczechura is the exact same size as Jokinen and smaller than 75% of the forwards on this team and yet, consistently, he's been better along the wall and braver in the high traffic areas than most every other player on the Lightning team since his recall. That's high praise for Szczechura, and a condemnation of the rest of the Lightning team.

Steven Stamkos had 1 shot and 3 hits in 11:43. Tocchet has been, rightfully, ramping down Stamkos' ice time. His decision making was better in this game, but he's still tip toeing around too much.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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I never thought that Jussi

I never thought that Jussi was that much better than Ouellet, just less expensive (I am guessing here in the new salary cap era)? Looks like maybe he should head to Norfolk, and while they are at it maybe he could take Artyukhin and Craig with him. Sorry to see Lundin go down but for a D man that doesn't ever hit anyone (like all the others) he didn't seem able to score like all the others. Oh wait, they don't really score either, do they?

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