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.

TB-1
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.

TB-3
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.

TB-4
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.

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