NHL Game Night: 2-23-13 Lightning at Hurricanes

The kids are alright.

TB-5
CAR-2

Mathieu Garon allowed 2 goals on 34 shots for the win. If Mathieu Garon got to play the Hurricanes 55-60 times a year, he'd win the Vezina Trophy. It's a shame he can't stop a beach ball against any other team. At the opposite end of the rink, it took 40 minutes, but Dan Ellis finally turned into a sieve in the Third Period. Anything less than 5 goals against Dan Ellis would not have done.

First Period
10:54 TB Bergeron (1), (unassisted)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
02:11 TB Pouliot (6), (Lecavalier, St. Louis)
03:04 CAR Bowman (1), (Nash, Larose)
07:37 TB Panik (1), (Hall, Stamkos)
07:55 TB Pyatt (4), (Killorn, Brewer)
16:11 CAR Larose (2), (Sanguinetti, Jokinen)
17:38 TB Stamkos (12), (Conacher, Salo)

Garon and Steven Stamkos were the game's first and second stars. Balderdash, I say! The stars of tonight's game were the kids. The 18 second span where Panik and Killorn each made brilliant individual plays took a death struggle and turned it into a laugher. When you add in Conacher's assist on Stamkos' icing on the cake goal, you have a night to make Bolt Prospects very proud.

Alex Killorn had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot in 13:52. That behind the back assist from the corner to Pyatt was just a thing of beauty. The kid has so much poise and plays such a straightforward game, but he has just enough skill to do that to you from time to time. Guy Boucher reportedly loves him some Killorn. Saw that coming a mile away. How could any coach not like a player like Killorn?

Richard Panik (pictured) scored his first NHL goal and was +1 with 4 shots and 1 blocked shot. Panik attack, y'all! He only got 7:50 of ice time, but you just see the explosiveness. I doubt he stays up when/if Malone gets healthy again, but Panik's going to be an NHL regular sooner rather than later. There's too much there.

Old man Cory Conacher had a helper and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 15:40.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.