Much like the Admirals, the Lightning fall one goal short in their comeback bid.
Dan Ellis allowed 4 goals on 26 shots for the loss. The simplistic thing to say is that goaltending was the difference when you lose to a team you outshot 45-26.
06:30 TB Bergenheim (3), Kubina (2)
11:54 NSH Weber (1), Bouillon (2), O'Reilly (5)
15:04 NSH Kostitsyn (1), Spaling (1), Smithson (1)
17:55 NSH Franson (2), Legwand (3), Tootoo (3)
14:10 NSH Wilson (2), Erat (3), Dumont (4)
15:01 TB St Louis (3), Stamkos (7), Hedman (6)
15:58 TB Hall (1), Thompson (1), Lundin (2)
Sean Bergenheim was the game's third star. The Lightning's power play also went an uncustomary 0-for-4.
Dana Tyrell was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 12:08.
Michael Vernace had 1 shot in 9:51.
Seven straight wins over Atlanta.
Mike Smith allowed 2 goals on 30 shots for the win. That might have been the best Smitty has played since his concussion problems knocked him off track. That was encouraging. He moved well and he played an efficient style.
03:10 TB Clark (2), St Louis (5), Stamkos (6)(PP)
16:05 TB Lecavalier (2), Bergenheim (2) 17:50
TB Stamkos (6), Lecavalier (2), St Louis (6)(PP)
08:07 ATL Slater (1), Ladd (5), Byfuglien (4)
17:22 TB Stamkos (7), (unassisted)
13:36 ATL Byfuglien (2), (unassisted)(PP)
19:28 TB Stamkos (8), V. Hedman (5)(EN)
I thought the Lightning's effort level was outstanding, but I wouldn't say they were super-crisp. There's still another gear the Lightning haven't quite found yet in the early season, which should be a bit terrifying for the rest of the league. Their breakout and passing still needs a little work. There's too many soft passes, and still a lot of feeling out of new teammates. Once that part starts to click, the Lightning are going to be a mother to play against.
Dana Tyrell had 2 penalty minutes and 2 shots in 11:09. He looks like he's getting a little more comfortable each game, and he even got a couple of PK shifts tonight. I also like that he's getting shots on goal. That first NHL goal will follow pretty soon.
Bizarrely officiated game.
Dan Ellis allowed 3 goals on 25 shots for the loss.
02:15 NYI Grabner (2), Niederreiter (1), Weight (5)
18:05 TB Bergenheim (2), Purcell (5), Hedman (4)
04:44 TB St Louis (2), Stamkos (5), Lundin (1)
10:00 NYI Parenteau (2), Wisniewski (5), Tavares (2)(PP)
01:56 NYI Moulson (4), Nielsen (4), Mottau (3)
You know, just a strange night when you see two Islanders goals that were initially waved off turned into goals. You also saw a ridiculous one-sided call against Ryan Malone on the first half of the 2-man advantage the Isles scored on and then the bizarre double call on the Isles afterward where Matt Smaby climbed in the box for what turned out to be no reason. Bizarre officiating. It was a mediocre game for the Lightning playing against an inferior opponent that has a few of its best players out injured. They should've handled their business and they didn't. But, on the other hand, strange. I'd be more upset if the Lightning didn't at least get a point out of the night.
Dana Tyrell had 1 shot in 9:09. The partial breakaway he generated was the first exhibition of what Tyrell's speed can do at the NHL level.
Way too much drama at the end, but the Lightning win.
Mike Smith allowed 4 goals on 19 shots for the win. Five goals worth of support can make a lot of goaltenders look good.
15:04 DAL Petersen (1), Robidas (1)(SH)
16:21 TB Downie (2), St Louis (4), Stamkos (3)(PP)
19:46 TB Stamkos (5), Hedman (2), Malone (4)(PP)
06:04 DAL Burish (1), Ribeiro (6), Morrow (1)
09:26 TB Bergenheim (1), Stamkos (4), Purcell (3)
18:06 TB Moore (3), Kubina (1), Downie (4)(PP)
06:11 TB Moore (4), Purcell (4), V. Hedman (3)(PP)
06:24 DAL Morrow (5), (unassisted)
19:00 DAL Neal (3), Richards (8), Ribeiro (7)
When you outshoot a team 44-19, it's not supposed to be this close. The Lightning had good intensity, but they need to tighten up on the mental lapses.
Dana Tyrell was -1 with 2 shots in 14:25.
Michael Vernace was -1 with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 5:45.
If a tree falls in the woods, and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? If the Panthers score six goals at their home opener... well... you get the point.
01:50 FLA Stillman (1), McCabe (1), Dvorak (1)
14:25 FLA Booth (1), Matthias (1), Olesz (2)
15:13 FLA Reinprecht (1), Bernier (3), Santorelli (2)
18:15 FLA Wideman (1)(PP), Weiss (1), McCabe (2)
07:49 FLA Booth (2), Olesz (3), McCabe (3)
17:25 FLAR Olesz (2), McCabe (4), Booth (3)
The Lightning may have been a little tired, or they may have been a little too pleased with themselves. Either way, they re-learned the valuable lesson that in the NHL, if you come out flat, you can get embarassed by anyone in the league on any given night. The good thing is that it's one of eighty-two games. Dallas Stars on Monday. Turn the page.
Mattias Ritola was -3 with 3 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 12:14. That +/- number looks terrible, but I thought he looked good in the offensive third and was one of the few Lightning players with any jump.
Michael Vernace was -1 with 2 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 16:33. If I were Vernace, or Dana Tyrell, I'd be sweating bullets. There are a lot of players down in Norfolk playing some damned good hockey.