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NHL Game Night: 2-23-12 Lightning at Jets

Running out of steam?

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Mathieu Garon allowed 4 goals on 18 shots for the loss before giving way to Dwayne Roloson, who stopped all 15 shots he faced the rest of the way.

First Period
WPG Ladd (20), (Little, Wheeler), 7:11
WPG Glass (5), (Thorburn, Flood), 14:59

Second Period
WPG Ladd (21), (Kane, Byfuglien)(PP), 1:36
WPG Byfuglien (10), (Wheeler, Ladd)(PP), 2:48

Third Period
TB Stamkos (43), (Malone, Purcell)(PP), 11:00
TB Purcell (16), (Stamkos), 19:06
TB St. Louis (19), (Purcell, Stamkos)(PP), 19:51

Martin St. Louis was the game's third star.

It seemed like, through the first two periods, the emotion of the trade deadline changes finally gave way to the reality that this is a much less talented team than it was 1-2 weeks ago, especially when you factor in Lecavalier's injury. It would be simple to call the first 40 minutes a lack of effort, but I think it's more to the point to say the Lightning may be running on fumes now. That's too bad. They've got to be sick to their stomachs knowing where they could have been if they pulled out a win last night (within 3 points of the division lead, let alone the playoffs).

Trevor Smith had 2 hits and 1 blocked shot in 10:29.

J.T. Wyman had 1 blocked shot in 7:48.

Mike Angelidis had 1 shot and 2 hits in 7:02.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Lightning Claim Wallace From Isles

When asked this week if more trades could be on the Lightning's agenda, Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman commented that the team was running out of bodies.

Yzerman took a step to rectify the issue on Thursday when he claimed high-energy winger Tim Wallace off waivers from the New York Islanders, reported TSN's Darren Dreger on Twitter.

A native of Alaska, Wallace has just three assists in 55 games played, but has fared well offensively in the AHL for Bridgeport. He can bring energy, physicality, and tenacity to a Lightning forward lineup that has lost Vincent Lecavalier (injury), Steve Downie (trade), and Dominic Moore (trade) in the last week. The move should allow Norfolk captain Mike Angelidis to return to the Admirals, though nothing has been announced.

Lightning Press Releases on Downie, Segal

The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired a first-round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft as well as defenseman Sebastien Piche in a three-team trade Wednesday, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced. The Lightning traded forward Steve Downie to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for defenseman Kyle Quincey. Tampa Bay then sent Quincey to the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for their first-round pick and Piche.

The Lightning now have two first-round picks in 2012 along with a maximum of four and a minimum of three selections in the second round.

Piche (pictured), 6-foot, 202 pounds, has played in 42 career AHL games with the Grand Rapids Griffins, recording five points (0-5-5). This season he has played in 22 games, notching three assists. Piche signed with the Red Wings as a free agent on April 12, 2009.

Piche has been assigned to the Florida Everblades of the ECHL.

The Lightning also acquired forward Brendon Segal from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forward Matt Fornataro on Wednesday. Fornataro was on an AHL contract with Norfolk.

NHL Game Night: 2-21-12 Ducks at Lightning

All you really need is Stammer and a dream.

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Mathieu Garon stopped 28 of 30 for the win.

First Period
TB Stamkos (41), (Malone, Purcell), 0:28
TB Stamkos (42), (Clark, Purcell), 17:58

Second Period
ANH Koivu (11), (Ryan, Fowler), 0:40
TB Purcell (15), (Stamkos, Gilroy), 2:40
ANH Ryan (22), (Koivu), 18:38

Third Period
NO SCORING

Garon, Steven Stamkos, and Teddy Purcell were the game's three stars.

For those keeping score at home, the Lightning have traded their 3rd line center, traded arguably their 2nd best defenseman, lost their 2nd line center and captain to injury, and traded a top-6 forward and gotten zero NHL roster players in return... and they keep winning. Tonight's win moves the Lightning to within 5 points of 8th place in the conference with 23 games left to go. Games. Ice. Not paper. You've read it here before.

I would laugh my rear end off if the Lightning, flush with the potential of up to 6 top-60 draft picks this summer ready to deploy to get a goaltender and just about anything else Stevie Y desires, still rolled into the playoffs with Stamkos toting a Richard and a Ross Trophy. At that point, I'm sorry, he should by default be the Hart Trophy winner, too. Logically, that can't happen, but logic be damned. Another 20 games like these last 3 and this team's going to have beaten the house like a rented mule.

Victor Hedman logged over 27 minutes of ice time tonight and was +1. You may not be Lidstrom yet, my friend, but once Yzerman's through trading you'll be getting Lidstrom's ice time.

Trevor Smith was -1 with 2 hits in 11:14.

J.T. Wyman played 12:26.

Mike Angelidis had 1 shot and 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 5:28.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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