NHL Game Night 3/3: Lightning at Panthers

Why do I get the feeling every time the Lightning play Florida it's their Stanley Cup?

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Johan Holmqvist allowed 2 goals on 2 shots before being pulled for Marc Denis who took the back door loss allowing 4 goals on 34 shots faced. Nolan Pratt and Vaclav Prospal had the Lightning goals. Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier, Eric Perrin and Dan Boyle added assists. The Lightning now must regroup on the long flight out to a Western Canada swing which could make or break the team's division title ambitions. The Lightning's loss gives Atlanta a game in hand and the Thrashers loom large just two points behind.

First Period
Florida 5:03, Nathan Horton 23 (Martin Gelinas)
Florida 5:25, Olli Jokinen 30 (Jozef Stumpel, Rostislav Olesz)

Second Period
Tampa Bay 8:16, Nolan Pratt 1 (Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier)
Florida 11:11, Stephen Weiss 15 (Bryan Allen)
Florida 15:38, Stephen Weiss 16 (power play) (Martin Gelinas, Alexei Semenov)

Third Period
Florida 7:54, Ville Peltonen 12 (penalty shot)
Florida 8:27, Nathan Horton 24 (Alexei Semenov, Jay Bouwmeester)
Tampa Bay 17:20, Vaclav Prospal 11 (Eric Perrin, Dan Boyle)

Game sheet from NHL.com.

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No continuity on the ice

Seems like preseason and Torts is trying to figure out who is going to do what. Running four ( counting Wanvig, Jones is obviously out) new guys out there is making things look like they were broke when perhaps we only needed a tune-up. I think we're going to lose a couple of extra games trying to fix-it. Having all these guys could hurt us more than help. Let's see how many start playing not to make mistakes.

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