NHL Game Night 11/20: Lightning at Sabres

Kind of glad I skipped watching this one.


Marc Denis allowed all 7 goals on the 13 shots he faced in the second period and faced 29 shots overall. Martin St. Louis scored both Lightning goals. Sarich, Prospal, Ranger and Lecavalier all had assists. Let the trade rumors recommence.

First Period
Tampa Bay 15:56, Martin St. Louis 12 (Cory Sarich, Vaclav Prospal)

Second Period
Buffalo 1:14, Paul Gaustad 4 (power play) (Maxim Afinogenov, Teppo Numminen)
Buffalo 2:17, Jiri Novotny 4 (Daniel Paille, Adam Mair)
Buffalo 7:48, Thomas Vanek 14 (Nathan Paetsch, Maxim Afinogenov)
Buffalo 10:49, Paul Gaustad 5 (Daniel Paille, Dmitri Kalinin)
Buffalo 11:13, Jaroslav Spacek 3 (Michael Funk, Ales Kotalik)
Buffalo 14:02, Thomas Vanek 15 (power play) (Ales Kotalik, Paul Gaustad)
Buffalo 17:19, Chris Drury 12 (Ales Kotalik, Drew Stafford)

Third Period
Tampa Bay 1:52, Martin St. Louis 13 (Paul Ranger, Vincent Lecavalier)

Game sheet from NHL.com.

Hoek notes Blair Jones' first NHL game might've been a good reason to watch this one. Jones played 9:10 and was -1 with 1 shot and was 25% on draws. Uh, I think I'm still glad i skipped the 7 goal second period. Congratulations to Jones though. He's played well to move up to the first line in Springfield and he's earned the recall.

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From a prospects perspective..

You did miss Blair Jones' NHL debut, which wasn't too shabby. He got a decent amount of ice time thanks to the result. Had a couple nice plays around the net and didn't look out of place (then again not saying much with the performance of the rest of the team around him).

I'm still not sorry I missed

I'm still not sorry I missed it. I knew tonight was going to be a slaughter. It's going to take more than recalling Jones to shake this team up.

You missed a great no call

In light of the recent overturns by Toronto, there was a wonderful no call against Numminen for tripping against St Louis (I think it was St Louis). It was blatent. The ref was looking right at the play. Ten seconds later, Gaustad gets Buffalo's fourth goal and it all seems to go downhill from there. This incosistency in the reffing takes the joy away from the game more than the lock-out ever did. If you're going to let the players play, let them play, otherwise penalize every infraction, not just the ones here and there. Don't change your standard midway through the periods. Granted, the Islander's game worked in the Bolts' favor, but how can a ref explain calling only three total penalties (none against the Lightning... I'm still trying to figure that one out) in today's hooking and clutching NHL? Ok, ranting overwith. Thanks for listening.

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