TAMPA BAY â€“ The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Dana Tyrell to a two-year, one-way contract covering the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.
One game is an abberation. Two games is the start of a trend.
Dwayne Roloson stopped all 23 shots he faced for the shutout victory, giving him two shutout victories over the Caps since joining the Lightning.
03:58 TB Moore (8), Thompson (10), Roloson (1)
16:04 TB Bergenheim (8), Hedman (13), Downie (14)
18:18 TB Gagne (4), Bergenheim (10), Lecavalier (12)
It's a brave new world in the Southeast Division. After several seasons of beating the Lightning's brains in, and two emphatic wins over the Lightning in the first half of the season, Dwayne Roloson appears to have completely changed the tenor of the Lightning/Capitals series. One game might've been an abberation. Two games looks like a trend, to me. The Lightning now are playing with a supreme amount of confidence against the Caps, knowing that they can play their swarming style without having to fear that a seemingless harmless Caps rush can turn into a soft goal. That's made all the difference in the world, and the Lightning were like fire ants on the Caps in the first forty minutes tonight, before slamming the door shut with a 3-0 lead in the third. My thought is that the Lightning should be tentative favorites to win the Southeast now, and take away not less than the three seed in the East in the process.
Also, damn is it good to have Sean Bergenheim back in the lineup. As weird as it sounds, I think the lack of energy in the Devils game owed a lot to the fact #10 was sick. The line combinations lacked continuity and flow with the shuffling that took place, and Bergenheim's puck retreival skills were sorely missed. Fact of the matter is, he's one of the straws that stirs the drink. Other than Clark, he's probably the most important acquisition Yzerman made over the summer. Yes, more important than Kubina and Gagne.
Dana Tyrell had 1 shot and 3 hits in 14:02 in his final game as a prospect here on BoltProspects. Congratulations to Dana on becoming a full-time NHLer. If he continues to work on his shot and his finishing abilities, he has the look of a player who will have a long and successful career.
The Lightning implode in the third period on the short turnaround in back-to-back games.
Dan Ellis allowed 4 goals on 24 shots in the loss. He had his opportunity to step up and carry his team over the finish line in the third period, and couldn't do it.
02:36 TB Purcell (7), Ritola (4), Downie (13)
05:55 NJ Clarkson (6), Sestito (1), Pelley (2)
16:01 TB Malone (11), Lecavalier (11), St Louis (35)(PP)
04:14 NJ Clarkson (7), Kovalchuk (12), Elias (20)(PP)
07:52 NJ Arnott (10), Tallinder (4), Zharkov (1)
14:06 NJ Zubrus (6), Rolston (4), Elias (21)
18:45 NJ Elias (9), Rolston (5)(EN)
19:08 TB Moore (7), Hall (5), Ohlund (5)
19:46 NJ Palmieri (1), Kovalchuk (13), Brodeur (1)(EN)
It's a bad loss. New Jersey is the worst team in the East this season, by far, and the Lightning couldn't put them away in the first 40 minutes when they had a chance. They've got Jersey on the schedule quite a bit in the second half, so that's a mistake they can't repeat down the road.
Mattias Ritola had a helper and 2 penalty minutes in 8:07.
Dana Tyrell was +1 with 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 12:48. Tyrell's next game will be his 41st of the season, which will graduate him from prospect status on BoltProspects. So, 1/12 against the Capitals will likely be a day of congratulations for young Mr. Tyrell.
Dwayne Roloson allowed 1 goal on 32 shots for the victory. Just two weeks ago I was pining for games where our netminder would just stop 90% of the shots they faced. A .969 save percentage is a beautiful thing.
17:25 OTT Smith (3), Winchester (5), Shannon (6)
01:47 TB Hall (6), Moore (8)
05:43 TB St Louis (18), Stamkos (26), Malone (21)
Martin St. Louis and Roloson were the game's first and second stars.
There was a matter-of-fact, workmanlike quality to the win. It's the kind of road game that a good team should be able to put together against a lesser opponent, even when they don't have their best stuff. It's hard to believe Ottawa used to be a perennial house of horrors for the Lightning just a few seasons ago.
Dana Tyrell was +1 with 2 shots in 13:31.
00:07 PIT Malkin (15), unassisted
02:23 PIT Conner (5), Lovejoy (4), Cooke (11)
07:17 PIT Kennedy (6), Letang (28)
07:42 PIT Kunitz (11), Crosby (34), Dupuis (10)
18:56 PIT Kunitz (12), Goligoski (13), Letang (29)(PP)
12:54 PIT Letestu (9), Kennedy (12), Goligoski (14)
19:49 PIT Kunitz (13), Goligoski (15), Letang (30)(PP)
02:25 TB Hall (5), Thompson (9), Tyrell (6)
03:38 PIT Goligoski (7), Conner (4), Lovejoy (5)
It was an emotional game last night and the Lightning thought they could ease themselves into tonight's game and the Penguins jumped them, and it was a 7-0 mugging by the end of two periods. It's a damned shame because the Lightning had spent weeks working back to even in goal differential, and now they're set back to -7 for the year. The good news is that it's 1 of 82, but my guess is that Guy Boucher won't be happy with the Lightning's flat second period response to adversity.
Dana Tyrell had an assist and was +1 with 1 shot in 11:58. If you can be +1 in an 8-1 loss, I suppose that's a positive for you. Tyrell is now 3 games from graduation from prospect status here on BoltProspects.
Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.
Lightning win a game marked by playoff style intensity and great goaltending.
Dwayne Roloson stopped all 34 shots he faced to win his Lightning debut.
02:54 TB St Louis (17), Lecavalier (10), Kubina (12)
Roloson and Martin St. Louis were the game's first and second stars.
It's pretty cool that the '03-'04 Cup team members dialed up the winning overtime goal. It's hard to imagine a more closely played game than tonight's, which is a marked improvement considering what a nightmare Washington DC has been traditionally for the Lightning. Now the Lightning hold first place in the Southeast with another potential statement game against Pittsburgh tomorrow night.
Matt Smaby played his best game of the season, by the way.
Dana Tyrell played 14:25 and the Kids n' the Hall line got quite a compliment going out for the first shift in overtime. Tyrell and company got shifts against the Ovechkin line here and there over the course of the night and they didn't acquit themselves poorly.
Cedrick the Entertainer is bidding to stick around a while.
Cedrick Desjardins stopped 34 of 35 shots to improve to 2-0-0. He's earned another start, IMO.
13:03 TB Tyrell (4), Thompson (8)
19:14 NYR Gaborik (11), Girardi (17)
00:19 TB Thompson (6), Tyrell (5), Lundin (8)
Desjardins and Nate Thompson were the game's first and third stars.
Mattias Ritola had 1 shot in 7:55.
Dana Tyrell had 1 goal and 1 assist and was +2 with 3 shots and 1 blocked shot in 14:12. It was Dana's first multi-point NHL game.
An emphatic result for the Lightning and for several members of the team who come from the Montreal area.
Cedrick Desjardins entertained the crowd by stopping 27 of 28 shots to win his NHL debut. I think you saw displayed tonight some of his strengths and weaknesses: he's incredibly quick and athletic with great flexibility, but on the same token sometimes he gets off his angle or has some holes open up when he's scrambling because he doesn't have the tightest technique. I especially wonder if he can keep playing as low to the ice as he did tonight in close, because he seemed to be giving an abnormally high amount of net from three feet and up in the cage. We'll see if NHL shooters catch up to that.
My measuring stick for this type of goaltender is whether you scare me more or less than Rick Tabaracci did back in the day, and the jury remains out of Desjardins. But you can't complain about the outcome and I think you can make a very good argument that he earned another start with how he played tonight.
00:58 MTL Pacioretty (2), Gomez (13)
02:48 TB St Louis (16), Lecavalier (9), Stamkos (24)(PP)
12:31 TB Kubina (2), St Louis (34), Stamkos (25)
01:46 TB Stamkos (30), unassisted(PS)
04:40 TB Stamkos (31), Malone (20), Hedman (12)
Steven Stamkos, Desjardins, and Victor Hedman were the game's three stars. For Stamkos, at 20 years of age, to have 31 goals now before the calendar even changes to 2011 is remarkable. Again, I hope the hockey media grasps what the real story is: it's not that Stamkos continues to push Sid Crosby in the scoring chase, it's that he's not even 21 and he's pushing Crosby in the scoring chase. When he gets to be Crosby's age 3 years or so down the line, how good do you think he'll be? I have my theory, and I'm excited about the future.
Tampa Bay will end 2010 in first place in the Southeast Division, albeit by a tiebreaker with Washington due to having 1 game in hand. They also have an 11 point lead in the standings on 9th place Carolina, which is very reassuring. Interestingly, Tampa Bay is still -2 in goal differential for the season, but that's a drastically improved situation from where the team sat just a few weeks ago. I like to look at goal differential because it really is a measure of consistency and whether a team is competitive night in and night out, even in losses, or do they get blown out when they lose. I don't think a team with a bad goal differential in the regular season is a team that is very well built for the playoffs, so continues improvement in that category for the Lightning is a necessary evolution as they push to possibly exceed the goal of being a playoff team and instead be a team that can be elite and make a deep playoff run.
Dana Tyrell played 13:51 in the match and seemed to be a target for the Canadiens all night long. They're brave men, going after a hulking 5'11" 185 lbs rookie. The thing about Tyrell and a player like Sean Bergenheim is that they become targets because they're a pain in the ass to play against because their speed and tenacity means they're always around the puck making an opponent work, and guys don't like to have to work. The 1995-96 team that made the playoffs was filled almost exclusively with guys like that: Burr, Cullen, Zamuner, Andersson, Gavey. Those types of players can make a team with ordinary scoring talent good and a team with good scoring line talent great. Consider the 2003-2004 team with: Modin, Taylor, Afanasenkov, Clymer, Cibak, and Dingman. The Lightning teams that have been really good over the years have been the ones that have 4-5 of these types of players, and this Lighting team has: St. Louis, Downie, Bergenheim, Thompson, Hall, Tyrell. They can do some business with guys like that which are annoyingly active for an opposing team to have to deal with. So, becoming a target like tonight means you're doing some things right as a hockey player. Credit to Tyrell in that his motor never stops, regardless of how many times he gets knocked down.
It's the annual Bruins/Lightning hosing at the hands of a referee or video goal judge.
Dan Ellis allowed 4 goals on 29 shots for the loss.
00:28 BOS Ryder (11), Recchi (14), Seidenberg (11)(PP)
07:10 TB Stamkos (29), Clark (10), Malone (19)(PP)
03:27 BOS Kampfer (1), Savard (3), Horton (13)
14:02 TB Lecavalier (7), Bergenheim (9), Kubina (10)
03:00 BOS Marchand (5), Thornton (2), Campbell (6)
10:50 TB St Louis (15), Stamkos (23), Kubina (11)
19:40 BOS Recchi (7), Bergeron (15), Seidenberg (12)(PP)
Vincent Lecavalier was the game's second star. He made a brilliant play to almost set up a goal by Pavel Kubina in the first period and an equally brilliant goal to score Tampa Bay's second goal, but I'd be hard pressed to give him a star nod after losing the faceoff cleanly on Boston's third goal. Details matter, and the Lightning stunk in the faceoff circle in the defensive third in the final frame. I counted three clean faceoff losses in the period. You can't survive on a diet of that. All that aside, offensively, I haven't seen Vinny look this good since he was running and gunning for a Richard Trophy. I think you're going to see a lot of this in the second half of the season: Stamkos drawing the attention while Vinny racks up a lot of goals because he's flying under the radar. Gagne too.
I'm not typically big on complaining about the officials. For the most part, things even out in the course of an NHL game. However, once or twice a season a team gets the shaft, and the Lightning always seem to get theirs against the Bruins. I'm still not over Zdeno Chara batting in a puck at his eye level and a video goal judge still saying it should count a few years back, and tonight was a call that was almost as terrible that I'm not going to get over for a long time. There is NO WAY IN HELL Steven Stamkos' hit late in tonight's game was a penalty. Let me reiterate that, NO WAY IN HELL! That was a clean, shoulder-to-shoulder hit by two players going for a puck in the corner. The player being hit was not in a defenseless position. Stamkos did not hit him in the back or slew foot him, or any of the other dangerous plays that should get you wrung up for boarding. No, Steven Stamkos got two minutes for being the stronger hockey player.
Shame. Shame on the officials. I remember a day when NHL referees would never make a borderline call like that late in a game and potentially rob a team of a point. But, in the post-lockout Gary Bettman world, they get rewarded for affecting the outcome of games, because that somehow equals excitement when you artifically put teams under duress (as opposed to hard, clean hits which in Bettman World aren't entertaining at all, because as we all know we all buy tickets to see the zebras and not the players). They get encouraged to do it, and they get encouraged for giving out penalties for good, hard, clean hits. Governor Rendell of Pennsylvania is complaining about the wussification of America with the football game being snowed out in Philadelphia. Well, I'm officially complaining about the wussification of the NHL when Steven Stamkos (not exactly Steve Avery) gets the gate in the last two minutes of a tied hockey game on a good, clean, hard hit. The referees tonight crossed a pretty bright line with that call. I hope the Lightning send the tape into the league and I hope the refs get reprimanded for what they did. Unfortunately, I would put it past Bettman to give them a bonus for it ("I just picked my All-Star Game crew!"). It was a total joke.
I'm pissed, in case you couldn't tell.
Mattias Ritola had 1 shot in 8:34 tonight. He did some good things tonight offensively. It was one of his better games in a while.
Dana Tyrell was -1 with 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 12:26.