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NHL Game Day 11/26: Senators at Lightning:

Holy cow. Who'd have thought the Lightning could do THAT in the same week and a half they took a 7-2 beat down from Buffalo?

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Johan Holmqvist continued his iron fisted hold on the starting goaltending gig stopping 22 of 23 shots faced. Brad Richards, Martin St. Louis and Filip Kuba led the way offensively with 1 goal and 1 assist each. Eric Perrin, Paul Ranger and Dan Boyle each had individual assists in the game. Don't look know, but quiet like a thief in the night Kuba is on a pace for 10 goals and about 55 points. Pavel who? Dollar for dollar, you can make an argument Filip was one of the best free agent signings in the NHL last summer.

First Period
Ottawa 3:34, Jason Spezza 11 (Dany Heatley, Andrej Meszaros)

Second Period
Tampa Bay 10:28, Filip Kuba 3 (Eric Perrin, Brad Richards)
Tampa Bay 11:04, Brad Richards 9 (Filip Kuba, Martin St. Louis)

Third Period
Tampa Bay 18:42, Martin St. Louis 15 (power play) (Paul Ranger, Dan Boyle)

Game sheet from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night 11/24: Thrashers at Lightning

What a finish. What a finish.

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Johan Holmqvist stopped 23 of 25 shots faced for the win. Dan Boyle had a pair of goals for the Lightning including the tying goal with the extra attacker with 21 seconds left that was a point shot which deflected off of two Thrashers and in to force overtime. Martin St. Louis had 1 goal and 1 assist with his overtime winning goal coming off some incredible work in the corner by Vaclav Prospal who, along with Vincent Lecavalier, Filip Kuba, Ryan Craig and Cory Sarich, had individual helpers in the game. The overtime win moves the Lightning within five points of the division leader with games in hand on both Atlanta and Carolina.

First Period
Atlanta 2:37, Jason Krog 1 (Glen Metropolit, Jim Slater)

Second Period
Atlanta 2:36, Steve Rucchin 5 (Shane Hnidy, Jon Sim)
Tampa Bay 8:43, Dan Boyle 3 (power play) (Vincent Lecavalier, Filip Kuba)

Third Period
Tampa Bay 19:39, Dan Boyle 4 (power play) (Ryan Craig, Martin St. Louis)

Overtime
Tampa Bay 2:25, Martin St. Louis 14 (Vaclav Prospal, Cory Sarich)

Game sheet from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night 11/22: Lightning at Panthers

It's good to know that no matter how poorly the Lightning are playing, they've always got those toothless old pussy cats on the schedule to act as slump busters.

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Johan Holmqvist stopped 31 of 35 shots for the win. Martin St. Louis led the way with 3 assists in the game while Brad Richards had 2 goals, one of the empty net variety. Ryan Craig, Eric Perrin and Dan Boyle each had 1 goal and 1 assist. Individual assists went to Nolan Pratt, Filip Kuba, Doug Janik, Blair Jones and Nikita Alexeev. Jones' assist was his first NHL point.

First Period
Tampa Bay 7:38, Eric Perrin 5 (Ryan Craig, Nolan Pratt)
Tampa Bay 15:39, Brad Richards 7 (power play) (Filip Kuba, Dan Boyle)

Second Period
Florida 12:21, Ville Peltonen 2 (power play) (Ruslan Salei, Olli Jokinen)
Florida 18:05, Gary Roberts 4 (Stephen Weiss, Nathan Horton)
Florida 19:52, Ruslan Salei 3 (power play) (Olli Jokinen, Joe Nieuwendyk)

Third Period
Tampa Bay 3:05, Ryan Craig 7 (Martin St. Louis, Dan Boyle)
Tampa Bay 7:14, Dan Boyle 2 (Doug Janik, Martin St. Louis)
Tampa Bay 12:12, Ryan Craig 8 (Eric Perrin, Blair Jones)
Florida 16:44, Olli Jokinen 10 (Ville Peltonen, Bryan Allen)
Tampa Bay 19:47, Brad Richards 8 (empty net) (Nikita Alexeev, Martin St. Louis)

Now go eat turkey.

Game sheet from NHL.com.

Blair Jones

Back at the prospects tryout camp I rated him as one of two forwards that really wanted it. Because of that I thought he was the organizations best forward prospect overall from that camp (I think Smolenak & Hrdel are perhaps more physically gifted).

Tonight against the Turd's I think he's proving just how much he wants it. On what's supposed to be a cup of coffee, he's going to make it damn tough to send him back if he keeps making the contribution he made tonight. I'm hoping this is actually a tryout to see if he's got enough to flip Feds/Prospal + Affy/Karllson and maybe a D'man for one of the bigger name D'men being rumored as available.

NHL Game Night 11/20: Lightning at Sabres

Kind of glad I skipped watching this one.

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Marc Denis allowed all 7 goals on the 13 shots he faced in the second period and faced 29 shots overall. Martin St. Louis scored both Lightning goals. Sarich, Prospal, Ranger and Lecavalier all had assists. Let the trade rumors recommence.

First Period
Tampa Bay 15:56, Martin St. Louis 12 (Cory Sarich, Vaclav Prospal)

Second Period
Buffalo 1:14, Paul Gaustad 4 (power play) (Maxim Afinogenov, Teppo Numminen)
Buffalo 2:17, Jiri Novotny 4 (Daniel Paille, Adam Mair)
Buffalo 7:48, Thomas Vanek 14 (Nathan Paetsch, Maxim Afinogenov)
Buffalo 10:49, Paul Gaustad 5 (Daniel Paille, Dmitri Kalinin)
Buffalo 11:13, Jaroslav Spacek 3 (Michael Funk, Ales Kotalik)
Buffalo 14:02, Thomas Vanek 15 (power play) (Ales Kotalik, Paul Gaustad)
Buffalo 17:19, Chris Drury 12 (Ales Kotalik, Drew Stafford)

Third Period
Tampa Bay 1:52, Martin St. Louis 13 (Paul Ranger, Vincent Lecavalier)

Game sheet from NHL.com.

Update:
Hoek notes Blair Jones' first NHL game might've been a good reason to watch this one. Jones played 9:10 and was -1 with 1 shot and was 25% on draws. Uh, I think I'm still glad i skipped the 7 goal second period. Congratulations to Jones though. He's played well to move up to the first line in Springfield and he's earned the recall.

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