NHL Game Night: 2-9-12 Lightning at Rangers

Deserved better.

TB-3
NYR-4 (OT)

Mathieu Garon allowed 4 goals on 31 shots for the overtime loss.

First Period
TB Stamkos (36), (Connolly, Wyman), 18:56

Second Period
NYR Callahan (18), (Del Zotto, Stepan)(PP), 4:33
NYR Stepan (11), (Girardi, Gaborik), 5:27
TB Lecavalier (21), (Purcell, Gilroy), 5:48
TB Gervais (4), (Stamkos, St. Louis)(PP), 12:26

Third Period
NYR Boyle (5), (Hagelin, Stralman), 10:13

Overtime
NYR Richards (17), (Anisimov, Del Zotto), 2:37

The shot totals don't reflect it, but I thought that, on the balance, the Lightning outplayed the Rangers. They had excellent puck movement and puck possession, even on the much maligned power play, and they had a lot of good chances. Unfortunately, the Rangers got kind of a lucky goal to tie the game at 3, and once you get to the 4-on-4 in OT, the smallest mistakes can end up in the back of your net with that much open ice. It speaks well that the Lightning could have such a competitive showing against one of the best teams in the East, but moral victories count for nothing at this time of year.

Brett Connolly had an assist and was +1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 3:52. His next game will mark his graduation from prospect status on Bolt Prospects, at which point we'll finally be able to move on our Midterm Rankings update.

J.T. Wyman had an assist and was +1 in 6:01.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.