Wright, James

NHL Game Night: 11-30-09

The Lightning were dominated for about 45 minutes, and by then it was too late to come back.

COL-3
TB-0

Antero Niittymaki allowed 2 goals on 29 shots for the loss. His first goal allowed was painfully soft, but your team needs to give you goal support.

First Period
COL 8:16, Duchene 5 (Stewart)

Second Period
COL 13:38, Duchene 6 (Stewart, Stastny)(PP)

Third Period
COL 19:46, Wolski 10 (Galiardi)(EN)

The Lightning absolutely poured it on in the final 15 minutes of the game. If they came out with that intensity, they'd have had a chance.

Zenon Konopka was -1 with 15 penalty minutes with 1 hit in 5:24.

Paul Szczechura had 2 shots but was 36% on draws in 11:35. His line played well on the forecheck.

James Wright was -1 in 10:37.

Victor Hedman had 1 shot in 17:01.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-28 Lightning at Stars

Grabbed a point in a very tough spot.

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DAL-4 OT

Mike Smith allowed 4 goals on 38 shots for the overtime loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
TB 6:18, Szczechura 2 (unassisted)
DAL 15:44, Robidas 7 (Modano, Richards)(PP)
DAL 16:55, Lehtinen 1 (Richards, Robidas)(PP)

Third Period
DAL 3:34, Morrow 10 (Benn, Ribeiro)(PP)
TB 15:06, Stamkos 17 (Meszaros)(PP)
TB 15:53, Halpern 3 (Tanguay, Hedman)

Overtime
DAL 2:12, Wandell 4 (Eriksson)

It's tough to hop on the plane after playing last night and fall behind by a couple of goals, so lots of credit to the Lightning for coming back and clawing away a point.

Zenon Konopka had 3 hits in 5:49.

Paul Szczechura had a goal and was +1 with 3 shots and 1 hit in 13:15. He's really coming on.

James Wright was +1 with 5 hits in 11:30.

Victor Hedman had a helper, 2 shots, and 2 hits in 21:21.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night 11-27: Rangers at Lightning

Quite simply the best game the Lightning have played this season.

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TB-5

Mike Smith allowed 1 goal on 27 shots for the victory.

First Period
TB 6:54, Stamkos 16 (St Louis, Hedman)
TB 19:24, Foster 2 (St Louis, Lecavalier)(PP)

Second Period
TB 8:05, Downie 3 (St Louis, Stamkos)(PP)
TB 12:25, Szczechura 1 (Wright, Walker)

Third Period
TB 8:24, Foster 3 (Konopka)
NYR 17:53, Callahan 4 (Anisimov, Staal)

The Lightning have struggled to get shots on goal, and they finally got to 30 tonight (31) even with the Rangers blocking quite a few shots (14). If the Lightning can get up over 30 shots a game consistently, I believe they're going to start scoring 3-4 goals a night and they've got enough goaltending to make it stand up.

More than just the shots and the goals, though, I thought the Lightning also physically handled the Rangers. Walker and Konopka both treated Brian Boyle like a speed bag with eyes and the Lightning outhit the Rangers 15-13.

One other thing: Recent BoltProspects graduate Steve Downie and Kurtis Foster are really coming on lately. Downie, in particular, has an unbelievable knack for breaking up passes and clearing attempts along the wall. He's a lot like fellow little guy Martin St. Louis in that respect.

Zenon Konopka had an assist and was +1 with 17 penalty minutes, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 8:16. He was also 75% on draws, including the clean win that got him the helper on Foster's second goal. More than that, though, he landed a couple of nice bombs on Brian Boyle after Boyle made a dangerous hit on young Mr. Wright.

Paul Szczechura got his nose bloodied and then responded with a 1 goal, +1 performance with 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and he was 69% on draws in 14:34. It was his best game of the season, and given the circumstances Coach Tocchet may want to take a stick and pop Chewey square in the nose before every game.

James Wright had a helper and was +1 in 13:55.

Victor Hedman had 1 assist and was +1 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 21:33. He's looked a little lost without Ohlund, but he played a strong, workmanlike game tonight.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-25 Maple Leafs at Lightning

Apologies for the lateness of this post, and apologies for the Lightning stubbing their toe for their first regulation loss at home of the year.

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TB-3

Antero Niittymaki allowed 4 goals on 30 shots for the loss. It was an uncharacteristic performance for Niitty.

First Period
TOR 6:45, Kulemin 4 (Gunnarsson, Primeau)
TOR 11:54, Hagman 10 (Beauchemin, Gunnarsson)
TB 14:14, Meszaros 3 (Downie, Stamkos)(PP)
TB 14:44, Lecavalier 5 (Halpern, Tanguay)

Second Period
TOR 1:20, Hagman 11 (Grabovski, Exelby)
TB 7:51, Malone 15 (Stamkos, St Louis)
TOR 18:13, Stajan 6 (Gunnarsson)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Zenon Konopka had 2 hits in 9:44.

Paul Szczechura was -1 with 1 shot in 10:14.

James Wright was -1 with 1 blocked shot in 12:07.

Victor Hedman was -1 with 2 penalty minutes in 17:01.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Day: 11-22 Lightning at Thrashers

Stinks to give Atlanta anything, but it was important for the Lightning to get two points.

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ATL-3 (OT)

Antero Niittymaki allowed 3 goals on 31 shots for the win.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
TB 5:45, Veilleux 1 (Konopka, Foster)
TB 19:36, Malone 14 (St Louis, Stamkos)

Third Period
ATL 5:29, Enstrom 3 (Kozlov, Antropov)
TB 9:20, Foster 1 (Tanguay, St Louis)(PP)
ATL 15:37, Kozlov 2 (Antropov)
ATL 17:29, Kane 7 (White, Enstrom)

Overtime
TB 2:56, Stamkos 15 (St Louis)

Don't look now, but after going scoreless in his first 10 games of the season, Kurtis Foster has 1 goal in 3 points in the last couple of games.

Steve Downie had 4 penalty minutes and 1 shot in 11:03 on graduation night. Congratulations to Downie on his 82nd career NHL game, which graduates him from prospect status on this website.

Zenon Konopka had a helper and was +1 with 2 hits in 8:15.

Paul Szczechura had 1 shot in 15:32.

James Wright was -1 with 3 shots and 1 hit in 13:50.

Victor Hedman was +1 with 3 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 20:25.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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