NHL Game Night 3/15: Rangers at Lightning

The Lightning suffer another crippling defeat in the Steve Stamkos derby tonight.

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Mike Smith stopped all 20 shots he faced tonight for his first shutout in a Lightning uniform.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
Tampa Bay 19:13, Alexandre Picard 2 (Jeff Halpern, Mathieu Darche)

Third Period
Tampa Bay 6:40, Martin St. Louis 23 (power play) (Jussi Jokinen, Dan Boyle)
Tampa Bay 19:02, Michel Ouellet 15 (empty net) (Mike Smith)

If you find these young goaltenders the goal support, I'm telling you, they'll make it stand up. This team is not that far away from turning this thing around. Heck, Smith even got an assist on the empty netter tonight to put the icing on the cake.

Tonight's game winning goal belonged to Alexandre Picard who now has 2 goals and 4 points in 10 games since joining the Lightning. That pro-rates to a 30+ point season over 82 games. Whoever scouted this young man with the Phantoms, and I kind of assume it was Bill Barber, deserves a steak dinner. This young man's been a bit of a revelation since coming over in the Prospal trade. He had 18:30 in ice time tonight, and is looking like a lock to be the team's #5 or #6 defenseman next season. Heaven help the NHL when he gains that extra 5-10 pounds of muscle and gets a little sturdier on those Bambi legs. "Make it so, Number Two."

Box score and extended statistics from TheAHL.com.