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NHL Game Night 11/1: Maple Leafs at Lightning

For crying out loud this is getting ugly.

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Marc Denis allowed 3 goals on 28 shots before being pulled for the extra attacker. Lightning goals were scored by Brad Richards, on a shot that deflected in off his body, and Vincent Lecavalier. Luke Richardson, Martin St. Louis, Paul Ranger and Vaclav Prospal had helpers.

First Period
Tampa Bay 11:24, Brad Richards 2 (Luke Richardson, Martin St. Louis)
Toronto 17:35, Tomas Kaberle 5 (Jeff O'Neill, Alexander Steen)

Second Period
Tampa Bay 6:24, Vincent Lecavalier 7 (Paul Ranger, Vaclav Prospal)

Third Period
Toronto 1:51, Hal Gill 1 (unassisted)
Toronto 11:43, Ian White 1 (power play) (Matthew Stajan, Jeff O'Neill)
Toronto 18:40, Alexei Ponikarovsky 5 (empty net) (Mats Sundin, Nikolai Antropov)

Doug Janik was -1 in 11:20. Eric Perrin was -1 in 13:55 and 50% on draws. Nick Tarnasky played 5:09.

Game sheet from NHL.com.

NHL Game Day 10/29: Sharks at Lightning

Good effort. Unfortunate result.

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Marc Denis stopped 25 of 28 shots faced before being pulled for the extra attacker and the resulting Sharks empty net goal. The Lightning were paced by Dan Boyle's two helpers with goals coming from Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis on the power play. Individual assists went to Vaclav Prospal and Nikita Alexeev.

I thought the Lightning played reasonably well against a good, rested team coming off the game last night in Carolina. Unfortunately they were the victim of a couple of bad bounces that ended up in the back of their net and some good goaltending by Nabokov. The good news is that Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis seem to be on pace to score the amount of goals the team needs from them now, although Brad Richards is still struggling. What would help greatly is if the Lightning could get something out of the lower lines from players like Karlsson, Afanasenkov and Perrin.

First Period
San Jose 4:02, Joe Thornton 1 (power play) (Milan Michalek, Jonathan Cheechoo)

Second Period
San Jose 2:51, Ryane Clowe 1 (Mike Grier, Scott Hannan)
Tampa Bay 16:08, Vincent Lecavalier 6 (power play) (Vaclav Prospal, Dan Boyle)

Third Period
San Jose 10:51, Patrick Marleau 6 (power play) (Scott Hannan, Marc-Edouard Vlasic)
Tampa Bay 13:02, Martin St. Louis 7 (power play) (Nikita Alexeev, Dan Boyle)
San Jose 18:39, Mike Grier 2 (empty net) (Patrick Rissmiller, Marcel Goc)

Doug Janik was -1 in 8:18 with 1 blocked shot. Eric Perrin was -1 in 8:23 with 2 shots and 1 hit and he was 0/1 on faceoffs. Nick Tarnasky played just 3:01 receiving only 3 shifts after taking an early penalty for tripping.

Game sheet from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night 10/28: Lightning at Hurricanes

Ugly.

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It was never really as close as the score indicates. Marc Denis allowed 4 goals on 17 shots in the loss before giving way to Johan Holmqvist who allowed 2 goals on 12 shots. Vincent Lecavalier and Vaclav Prospal each had a goal and an assist for the Lightning. Defensemen Filip Kuba and Dan Boyle each had a pair of helpers. The other Lightning goals were scored by Ruslan Fedotenko and Martin St. Louis with am individual assist going to Paul Ranger.

Tonight's game was another example of a problem the Lightning have had the past two seasons, which is allowing one bad goal or bad play to snowball into multiple goals and a huge momentum swing they cannot recover from. Tonight it was a soft goal allowed by Denis followed by a pittiful unforced turnover by Dan Boyle in the Lightning zone resulting in a goal. The Lightning miss having veteran leadership like Jassen Cullimore to put out on the ice in those situations and it shows.

First Period
Tampa Bay 5:48, Vaclav Prospal 2 (Paul Ranger)
Carolina 8:23, Eric Staal 7 (power play) (Justin Williams)
Carolina 8:32, Kevyn Adams 1 (Craig Adams)
Carolina 9:06, Erik Cole 2 (Ray Whitney, Rod Brind'Amour)

2nd Period
Carolina 5:14, Eric Staal 8 (power play) (Rod Brind'Amour, Anton Babchuk)
Tampa Bay 12:23, Ruslan Fedotenko 5 (Filip Kuba, Vincent Lecavalier)
Tampa Bay 16:41, Vincent Lecavalier 5 (power play) (Vaclav Prospal, Dan Boyle)
Carolina 17:34, Scott Walker 6 (Eric Staal)

3rd Period
Carolina 0:55, Scott Walker 7 (Ray Whitney, Rod Brind'Amour)
Tampa Bay 11:32, Martin St. Louis 6 (Filip Kuba, Dan Boyle)

Doug Janik played 15:02 with 1 shot and 2 blocks. Eric Perrin got 15:03 with 1 hit and was 75% on draws. Nick Tarnasky (not Nick Tinarski as the poorly prepared an laughably bad Carolina play-by-play folks would have you believe) played 6:05.

Game sheet from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night 10/26: Hurricanes at Lightning

Marc Denis is 4-0-0 when the Lightning give him 3 or more goals of support. CAR-1 TB-5 Denis stopped 23 of 24 shots faced as the Lightning pasted the defending champs by the same score Carolina defeated the Lightning by two weeks ago. Revenge is sweet. Martin St. Louis had a second period natural hat trick to lead the way. Ruslan Fedotenko had a goal and an assist and Brad Richards, Filip Kuba and [url=paul-ranger]Paul Ranger[/url] each had a pair of assists. The other Lightning goal was scored by Vincent Lecavalier and individual helpers went to Cory Sarich and Dan Boyle. [b]Scoring Summary[/b] [b]1st Period [/b] Tampa Bay 7:02, Ruslan Fedotenko 4 (Cory Sarich, Paul Ranger) [b]2nd Period[/b] Tampa Bay 10:46, Martin St. Louis 3 (power play) (Brad Richards, Filip Kuba) Tampa Bay 15:22, Martin St. Louis 4 (Filip Kuba, Brad Richards) Tampa Bay 17:03, Martin St. Louis 5 (Dan Boyle) [b]3rd Period [/b] Tampa Bay 4:20, Vincent Lecavalier 4 (power play) (Ruslan Fedotenko, Paul Ranger) Carolina 14:45, Eric Staal 6 (shorthanded) (unassisted) Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20062007/GS020140.HTM]NHL.com[/url]. Doug Janik played 18:49 with 1 shot and 2 blocked shots. Eric Perrin had 2 shots in 12:37 with 2 blocked shots and he was a perfect 6/6 on draws. [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url] was +1 in 7:04 with 1 shot and 1 hit.

NHL Game Night 10/21: Lightning at Capitals

Offense clicking and back to .500. Time to unleash some revenge on the Canes. TB-6 WSH-4 Marc Denis stopped 29 of 33 for the win. Nikita Alexeev, of all people, had a pair of goals while Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist each. Vincent Lecavalier and Andreas Karlsson also had goals while Pratt, Tarnasky, Taylor, Afanasenkov and Boyle all had individual helpers. For [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url], it was his first point of the season. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20062007/GS020110.HTM]NHL.com[/url]. Doug Janik blocked one shot in 8:44. Eric Perrin was -1 with 1 block in 12:36. Tarnasky was +1 in 3:39 with 4 penalty minutes. It cannot be underestimated how important it was for Brad Richards to finally score a goal or what a great omen it is for "the big three" to all get goals tonight. The Lightning should be going into these upcoming games against Carolina confident and ready to prove they've got a legitimate contender for the division title this year.
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