NHL Game Night 1/13: Lightning at Sabres

What a big win to keep the fledgling streak alive.

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Marc Denis stopped 32 of 34 shots faced for the win. The second goal he allowed to Kotalik was obviously inexcusable, but other than that I thought he played an outstanding game particularly in that third period where the Lightning were under siege getting outshot 13-5. Vincent Lecavalier, Dan Boyle and Brad Richards had the Lightning goals. Martin St. Louis, Paul Ranger and Ruslan Fedotenko had individual helpers. Ranger, in particular, made a great play to set up Richards' third period game winner.

With his 41st game of the season tonight, Nick Tarnasky has graduated from prospect status by Bolt Prospects criteria. Tarnasky will be moved to the Bolt Prospects Alumni section on the prospects page once we release our Midterm Rankings for the organization within the next week. Congratulations to Tarnasky who played an even 10 minutes tonight. In the last couple of weeks he's finally started to become more than a spot shifter and started to really contribute to the team's success on a nightly basis. That's a 9th round pick folks. The Lightning have given Nick the opportunity and his hard work has carried him the rest of the way.

The Lightning move to 2 games over .500 and will establish a small measure of breathing room between them and Toronto which is getting pasted tonight by Vancouver.

Monday, noon. 5 in a row?

First Period
Tampa Bay 10:05, Vincent Lecavalier 27 (power play) (Martin St. Louis)

Second Period
Buffalo 4:06, Jason Pominville 20 (Jaroslav Spacek, Daniel Briere)
Buffalo 4:50, Ales Kotalik 13 (Brian Campbell)
Tampa Bay 15:38, Dan Boyle 10 (unassisted)

Third Period
Tampa Bay 6:56, Brad Richards 15 (Paul Ranger, Ruslan Fedotenko)

Game sheet from NHL.com.

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What a game

Could this be the streak/breakout we have all been waiting for? Richie's goal was huge and Denis was on fire in the 3rd along with a little help from the clang of the post. A goalies best friend for sure. We have all moaned and groaned last year and this one about the inconsistent play as we were spoiled when the Wall was here. Well he's not here any more so the team and us need to find a new way to get it done between the pipes. Hopefully, the goalies have it figured out and can give us some consistent play minus the second goal give up. We will see Monday's game is huge.

streak

I hope this is the start of a streak, we need to get a long winning streak going in order to move up into the pack and separate us from the rest. I am starting to wonder if it is time to get superstitous in order to bring some extra mojo into the works.

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