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NHL Game Night 1/9: Penguins at Lightning

Did I just hear that right? 11 straight wins against the Penguins?

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Johan Holmqvist stopped 29 of 31 shots faced for the win. Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier each had 1 goal and 1 assist by the game winning goal was potted by The Secret Weapon 2, Andreas Karlsson. Vaclav Prospal and Dan Boyle registered individual assists.

The win moves the Lightning back to .500 at 21-21-2, good for 44 points and putting the Lightning now just 1 point behind Washington for 8th in the Eastern Conference. Next up: a "ginormous" tilt with the Capitals at home.

What a difference a little goaltending and an occassional goal from a checking liner makes.

First Period
Pittsburgh 0:24, Sidney Crosby 21 (unassisted)
Tampa Bay 6:11, Vincent Lecavalier 24 (Vaclav Prospal, Martin St. Louis)

Second Period
Tampa Bay 6:46, Martin St. Louis 27 (power play) (Vincent Lecavalier, Dan Boyle)

Third Period
Tampa Bay 3:15, Andreas Karlsson 3 (Martin St. Louis)
Pittsburgh 17:19, Colby Armstrong 5 (Brooks Orpik)

Game sheet from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night 1/7: Lightning at Penguins

Would have really been nice to hold onto this one in regulation and deny Pittsburgh the point.

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Johan Holmqvist was outstanding in stopping 20 of 22 shots faced in regulation and overtime before stopping 3 of 3 penalty shots in the shootout. Ryan Craig led the way offensively with 1 goal and 1 assist and the Lightning got their other goal from The Real Secret Weapon, Nick Tarnasky. Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards all had assists. St. Louis also scored the game winning shootout goal on an unorthodox move going sideways in the slot and potting a backhand 5-hole on M.A. Fleury.

Really a strange game that the Lightning could've buried the Pens in regulation in were it not for M.A. Fleury. You know it's a strange night when Lecavalier gets stoned on two breakaways and a shootout attempt but Tarnasky can pot a nice goal on a good high shot from the middle of the slot. The Lightning move to 1 game under .500 and to within 2 points of 8th in the conference.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
Tampa Bay 7:09, Ryan Craig 10 (power play) (Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier)
Pittsburgh 19:55, Sidney Crosby 20 (Mark Recchi)

Third Period
Tampa Bay 14:04, Nick Tarnasky 2 (Ryan Craig, Brad Richards)
Pittsburgh 17:27, Mark Recchi 10 (power play) (Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
Tampa Bay- Martin St. Louis
Pittsburgh- NONE

Game sheet from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night 1/5: Lightning at Avalanche

Hate the outcome. Loved the style of play from these two teams matching up.

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Marc Denis stopped 28 of 32 shots in the loss. Vincent Lecavalier had 1 power play goal and 1 assist. Vaclav Prospal scored the other Lightning goal. Individual helpers belonged to Cory Sarich, Dan Boyle and Martin St. Louis. The Lightning fail to capitalize on the opportunity to leapfrog several teams in the conference standings.

First Period
Colorado 16:43, Joe Sakic 18 (power play) (Paul Stastny, John-Michael Liles)

Second Period
Tampa Bay 1:45, Vaclav Prospal 5 (Vincent Lecavalier, Cory Sarich)
Colorado 3:17, Milan Hejduk 13 (Paul Stastny)
Tampa Bay 4:30, Vincent Lecavalier 23 (power play) (Dan Boyle, Martin St. Louis)
Colorado 12:43, Tyler Arnason 11 (Karlis Skrastins, Brett Clark)

Third Period
Colorado 18:10, Paul Stastny 10 (Andrew Brunette, Karlis Skrastins)

Game sheet from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night 1/4: Lightning at Wild

The last five minutes of that game nearly gave me a coronary.

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Marc Denis stopped 29 of 31 shots and got some help from his friend Mr. Post to secure his 9th win of the season. Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier each had 1 goal and 1 assist while Paul Ranger escaped Chateau au Bow Wow to register 2 helpers in the game. Defenseman Dan Boyle scored the other Lightning goal. The Lightning pull into the halfway point of the season 1 game under .500 with 40 points and tonights victory will not stop trade winds from gusting.

On a site administrative note: with their 41st games played of the season Eric Perrin and Doug Janik have graduated from overage prospect status and will be moved into the Bolt Prospects Alumni section of the prospect page. Congratulations to both men on their success and proving they have what it takes to make it at hockey's highest level.

First Period
Tampa Bay 8:42, Martin St. Louis 26 (shorthanded) (Vincent Lecavalier)
Tampa Bay 13:52, Dan Boyle 9 (Paul Ranger)

Second Period
Minnesota 0:44, Mark Parrish 14 (Pavol Demitra, Mikko Koivu)
Tampa Bay 14:54, Vincent Lecavalier 22 (power play) (Martin St. Louis, Paul Ranger)

Third Period
Minnesota 13:45, Pavol Demitra 11 (Mikko Koivu, Mark Parrish)

Game sheet from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night 1/2: Lightning at Canadiens

You can almost feel the trigger being pulled on an impending trade. Until it is, this team will continue to amble on a road to nowhere. With their loss tonight, the Lightning have guaranteed they will pull into the halfway point of the season with a sub .500 record.

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Johan Holmqvist stopped 22 of 26 shots faced in the loss. Doug Janik scored his first regular season NHL goal while Filip Kuba added his 7th of the season. Assists belonged to Tim Taylor, Andre Roy, Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards. Barring their missing the Lightning's next game, Janik and Eric Perrin will graduate from overage prospect status according to Bolt Prospects rules.

First Period
Tampa Bay 9:18, Doug Janik 1 (Tim Taylor, Andre Roy)
Montreal 17:53, Tomas Plekanec 4 (Alexei Kovalev, Francis Bouillon)

Second Period
Montreal 15:44, Alexei Kovalev 10 (power play) (Saku Koivu, Sheldon Souray)
Tampa Bay 16:15, Filip Kuba 7 (Martin St. Louis, Brad Richards)

Third Period
Montreal 6:01, Tomas Plekanec 5 (Alexei Kovalev, Sergei Samsonov)
Montreal 13:52, Michael Ryder 11 (Francis Bouillon, Saku Koivu)
Montreal 19:41, Christopher Higgins 12 (empty net) (Mike Johnson, Radek Bonk)

Game sheet from NHL.com.

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