The Lightning are starting to feed off the home cooking and are looking more and more like a team that will get the opportunity to defend their Cup in the postseason.
John Grahame stopped 30 of 32 shot faced as the Lightning's goaltending situation is beginning to go into a stretch of being settled down. Ryan Craig
had a pair of assists on goals by Pavel Kubina
and Vincent Lecavalier
. I'd have to check the numbers, but it feels like Craig is scoring at a points per game clip that is actually greater than what he was doing in the minors. Paul Ranger
was -1 in 17:50 of ice time with two hits and two blocked shots. Ryan Craig was +1 in 14:55 with 0 shots on goal, 3 hits and 1 blocked shot. Big Evgeny Artyukhin
was -1 in 8:52 with 1 shot on goal and 3 hits.
Tonight was Ryan Craig's 34th NHL game, 7 away from graduation under Bolt Prospects criteria.
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