Konopka, Zenon

NHL Game Day: 11-22 Lightning at Thrashers

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

TB-4
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.

NHL Game Night: 11-21 Lightning at Hurricanes

Strange. I had forgotten what a regulation loss feels like.

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CAR-3

Mike Smith allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the loss.

First Period
TB 15:18, St Louis 5 (Foster, Lecavalier)(PP)

Second Period
CAR 2:35, Ruutu 6 (Whitney, Pitkanen)(PP)
CAR 13:46, Jokinen 6 (Corvo, LaRose)

Third Period
CAR 15:37, LaRose 1 (Samsonov, Corvo)

It was a tough spot to be in, flying 5 hours cross country. The important thing is to now allow the loss to snowball. They have Atlanta tomorrow night and that's a game they really need to get two points out of.

Steve Downie had 1 shot and, oh my gosh, 7 hits in 15:01. He's really playing well, and tomorrow night's game against Atlanta will be his 82nd career NHL game, which graduates him from prospect status here on BP.

Zenon Konopka had 1 hit and was 78% on draws in 7:03.

Paul Szczechura had 1 shot in 12:33.

James Wright had 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 12:18.

Victor Hedman was -2 in 22:45 and really got rocked on a hit trying to cross the opposing blueline on a rush. He seems a little rudderless at times without Matias Ohlund around.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-19 Lightning at Ducks

Hard not to be proud of the team for battling back tonight.

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ANH-4 (OT)

Mike Smith allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the loss.

First Period
ANH 6:25, Selanne 11 (Getzlaf, Perry)
ANH 18:12, Getzlaf 3 (Selanne, Perry)(PP)

Second Period
ANH 6:52, Ryan 9 (Lupul, Boynton)(PP)
TB 7:23, Halpern 2 (Downie, Hedman)
TB 7:41, Stamkos 14 (Lecavalier, Malone)

Third Period
TB 1:38, St Louis 5 (Downie, Malone)(PP)

Overtime
ANH 0:52, Niedermayer 2 (Getzlaf, Selanne)(PP)

Usually falling into a 3-0 hole is a death sentence, particularly for an east coast team that's a long way from home. So, to get a point under the circumstances was pretty outstanding.

Steve Downie had 2 assists and was +1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 11:22. Tonight was Steve's 80th NHL game, so he's now 2 away from graduating from prospect status on Bolt Prospects.

Zenon Konopka had 5 penalty minutes, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 7:55.

Paul Szczechura had 1 shot and 2 hits in 12:29.

James Wright had 1 hit in 11:04.

Victor Hedman had an assist and was +1 with 1 hit in 24:22.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-16 Lightning at Coyotes

The Lightning get a solid road win.

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PHX-1

Mike Smith played well allowing 1 goal on 31 shots. He's back in the fight.

First Period
TB 5:59, Lecavalier 3 (Malone, Krajicek)
TB 14:44, Tanguay 4 (Malone, Stamkos)(PP)
PHX 19:20, Aucoin 3 (Lepisto, Upshall)(PP)

Second Period
TB 4:30, St. Louis 4 (Lecavalier, Tanguay)

Third Period
TB 11:46, Lecavalier 4 (Tanguay)

The Lightning did well to capitalize on some early penalties to stake themselves to a 2-0 lead and they never really looked back. Phoenix had a bit better play at even strength, but the Lightning turned it up when they needed to in order to salt the game away in the third. NHL teams should beware: the Lecavalier line is starting to click.

Steve Downie had 1 hit in 15:19.

Zenon Konopka had 1 hit in 10:49 and was 62% on draws.

Paul Szczechura was +1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 13:21.

James Wright had 2 hits in 13:55.

Victor Hedman was +1 with 2 hits and 1 blocked shot in 21:10. Light night for the big Swede.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-14 Kings at Lightning

The Lightning finally work in one of their mandatory 3-4 late game goal wave off hosings.

LA-2
TB-1 (SO)

Antero Niittymaki allowed 1 goal on 30 shots and only 1 of 3 shooters to score in the shootout, but still took the loss. I'm thinking the Finnish goaltenders in the organization are feeling discriminated against for lack of goal support tonight.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
LA 7:20, Doughty 4 (Kopitar, Smyth)(PP)
TB 11:39, Malone 12 (Hale, Stamkos)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
LA- Kopitar
TB- NONE

A controversial wave off of an Andrei Meszaros overtime goal ushered the Lightning into the shootout where they re-established their season-long streak of futility after a brief taste of success against Minnesota.

Steve Downie had 2 penalty minutes and 3 hits in 13:49.

Zenon Konopka had 15 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 6:02.

Paul Szczechura had 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 13:25.

James Wright had 1 shot in 8:57.

Victor Hedman had 3 shots, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 26:13.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-12 Wild at Lightning

Flip. The. Script.

MIN-3
TB-4 (SO)

Antero Niittymaki allowed 3 goals on 34 shots and stopped both shooters he faced in the penalty shot session for the big shootout win.

First Period
MIN 16:53, Pouliot 2 (Sheppard, Schultz)

Second Period
MIN 3:47, Johnsson 2 (Brunette, Koivu)(PP)
TB 8:44, Stamkos 13 (Malone)(SH)
MIN 11:35, Nolan 4 (unassisted)

Third Period
TB 9:17, Downie 2 (Halpern, Ohlund)
TB 19:45, Malone 11 (Stamkos, St. Louis)(PP)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
MIN- NONE
TB- Lecavalier, Stamkos

After frittering away 3-4 points already this season by allowing opponents to tie a game late and then losing in the shootout, the Lightning flipped the script to steal 2 points from Minnesota and stay unbeaten in regulation at home.

Steve Downie had a big goal to key the comeback and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 11:49. He's 5 games from graduation from prospect status here on Bolt Prospects.

Zenon Konopka had 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 7:17. And, thankfully, he chose not to commit suicide by fighting Boogard.

Paul Szczechura had 1 shot and was 75% on draws in 11:54. He brought some jump back to the lineup.

James Wright was -1 with 1 shot in 12:41.

Victor Hedman had 1 shot in 24:02 in his first game back from the concussion. He was wildly out of position on Minnesota's first goal, but was decent otherwise.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11/7 Lightning at Canadiens

Niitty is so gangsta.

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MTL-1

Antero Niittymaki has been a revelation. He stopped 36 of 37 tonight to give his Lightning team a chance to get the win. Ride him 'til the wheels come off.

First Period
TB 10:09, Malone 10 (St. Louis, Lecavalier)(PP)
TB 19:13, Tanguay 3 (Malone, Lecavalier)

Second Period
MTL 9:44, Gionta 7 (Spacek, Gomez)(PP)
TB 18:01, Wright 2 (Tanguay, Halpern)

Third Period
NO SCORING

This fell somewhere between the Toronto and Ottawa games in terms of how the Lightning played. The offensive flow and continuity is still absent (21 shots), and they were slightly tighter defensively than in Toronto but not quite as good as in Ottawa. Nitty has collected 4 of 6 points in these past 3 games and the team hasn't played to its potential.

Steve Downie had 1 hit in 12:36. This was his quietest game in a Lightning uniform in a long while.

Drew Miller played 9:16.

Zenon Konopka had 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 8:58.

James Wright scored the big insurance marker in the game and was +1 with 2 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 12:39.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11/5 Lightning at Senators

I actually thought tonight was a huge improvement over the Toronto game.

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OTT-3 (OT)

Antero Niittymaki allowed 3 goals on 29 shots for the overtime loss. I thought it was another quality start. I feel like he should clearly be the starter at this stage.

First Period
TB 3:03, Tanguay 2 (Halpern, Downie)(PP)
OTT 5:02, Alfredsson 6 (Spezza, Michalek)

Second Period
OTT 12:00, Fisher 6 (Kovalev, Spezza)(PP)
TB 13:40, Stamkos 12 (St. Louis, Lecavalier)(PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
OTT 4:17, Spezza 1 (Kuba, Fisher)(PP)

The offense is still lacking in continuity and not generating as many chances and as much forecheck as you might want, but the defensive effort was light years better than against Toronto.

Steve Downie had an assist, 17 penalty minutes, and 1 blocked shot in 8:45. Downie is now 7 games shy of graduating from prospect status here on Bolt Prospects.

Zenon Konopka had 1 hit, 2 blocked shots, and was 80% on draws in 8:51.

James Wright had 2 hits and was 50% on draws in 13:50.

Victor Hedman had 2 blocked shots in 15:17 before leaving the game after getting hit by Ottawa's Chris Neil. The way he grabbed his head, I'm a little worried it's a concussion.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11/3 Lightning at Leafs

Ugly, but I'll take it, I suppose.

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TOR-1 (OT)

Antero Niittymaki allowed 1 goal on 41 shots for the victory. I honestly don't know why there isn't a goaltending controversy at this point.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
TB 18:34, Lecavalier 2 (Ohlund)

Third Period
TOR 5:04, White 3 (Hagman, Beauchemin)(PP)

Overtime
TB 2:21, Malone 9 (Tanguay)

It's lucky that A.) Nittymaki stood on his head again, and B.) Toronto is just awful enough to lose games like this even when they deserve to win. Allowing 41 shots to a team like the Leafs is a joke. Maybe the momentum and mojo the team will get from winning an overtime game will help them in the confidence department, but this is still a terrible Lightning team on the road.

Steve Downie was +1 with 2 hits in 11:44.

Drew Miller only played 4:09 in the game.

Zenon Konopka had 1 hit and was 75% on draws in 4:52.

James Wright played 13:25.

Victor Hedman was +2 with 1 shot, 1 hit, and 4 blocked shots in 25:46. He also had 4 PIMs, though.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Day: 10/31 Devils at Lightning

Niitty steals a point, and the Lightning shooters continue to make fools of themselves in the shootout.

NJ-2
TB-1 (SO)

Antero Niittymaki was lights out tonight, stopping 37 of 38 before going 3 for 4 in the shootout session for the shootout loss. He deserved a lot better from the guys in front of him.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NJ 0:50, Zajac 6 (Fraser)

Third Period
TB 4:34, Stamkos 10 (St. Louis, Malone)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
NJ- Clarkson
TB- NONE

The Lightning absolutely sleepwalked through the first two periods of the game, with the exception perhaps of the final five minutes of the first period. It was terrible. Shots were 28-9 after 40 minutes, for New Jersey. Without Nittymaki, this game would have easily been a blowout. I don't get the inconsistency from this Lightning team from game to game, period to period, and situation to situation. And as far as the shootouts go, if I were Tocchet I'd ban dekes from the star players. Tell them to shoot. At least force the goaltenders to make a save.

Steve Downie had 5 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 4 hits in 11:08.

Drew Miller was -1 in 8:51.

Zenon Konopka had 2 penalty minutes, 3 hits, and was 50% on draws in 11:04.

James Wright had 2 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 14:20.

Victor Hedman was -1 with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 26:24. I'm going to reiterate my request from the last game: I'd like to see him get more shots, particularly on the power play. They need to get him off this pass-first mentality. The scouting report from the Swedish Elitserien is that Victor possesses a world class one-timer. Nothing else is working on the PP (an ugly 0-for-3 tonight). Try a different weapon.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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