Tampa Bay Lightning
It should never, ever, take 20 minutes and spotting a team a 4 goal lead before this Lightning team plays like they have some pride.
Johan Holmqvist allowed an abysmal 3 goals on 7 shots before giving way to Karri Ramo who allowed 2 goals on 18 shots in his NHL debut. Lightning goals came from Perrin and Lecavalier with assists coming from Richards, St. Louis and Prospal.
The sad and aggravating thing is that the Lightning actually dominated most of the final 40 minutes of this game and finished the game outshooting the Sens 36-25. Had the Lightning showed up to the rink prepared to play from the opening drop, they might've won this game handily. Instead, they had their heads handed to them and they now trail Atlanta by 10 points in the division.
On the prospect side, Ramo looked very sound in his first NHL game. The two goals he allowed he was hung out to dry with the Lightning defense somehow stopping on retrieving in an Ottawa dump in that resulted in a pass in front on a wide open Jason Spezza and then an Antoine Vermette breakaway in the third period. Ramo showed good poise and athleticism and a quick glove, as well as his willingness to play the puck away from his crease. It's a shame Holmqvist didn't look as good as Ramo tonight.
Ottawa 2:47, Patrick Eaves 5 (shorthanded) (unassisted)
Ottawa 6:49, Joe Corvo 3 (power play) (Andrej Meszaros, Jason Spezza)
Ottawa 8:06, Antoine Vermette 10 (Daniel Alfredsson, Peter Schaefer)
Ottawa 16:21, Jason Spezza 12 (Chris Kelly, Christoph Schubert)
Ottawa 13:16, Antoine Vermette 11 (Peter Schaefer, Tom Preissing)
Game sheet from NHL.com.
The Lightning have claimed Andre Roy off of re-entry waivers per TSN.ca. This is bound to add fire to trade rumors even though Feaster and Torts made it clear that this move was made to increase morale in the locker room. http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=186821&hubname=nhl
In the Forum it's called the "TECO Energy Power Play"
On TV it's the "Toyota Tundra Power Play"
I don't think either one of these companies are getting the marketing represntation they had bargained for and these are really misleading slogans for the fan base. I've been thinking the last few games the sponsorship ought to change to provide a better marketing impact for the sponsor's buck. The sponsorship that's been ringing in my head lately when we go on the PP?
How does the
"Dancing with the Stars" power play sound?
Maybe Emmitt could make an appearance and shout "Let'
More points left on the table at the hands of ex-Detroit Viper Tim Thomas.
Marc Denis allowed 3 goals on 25 shots before going perfect deep into the shootout until rookie Phil Kessel beat him with a shot high glove side to win it for Boston. Eric Perrin, Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier each had 1 goal and 1 assist for the Lightning with Ruslan Fedotenko and Vaclav Prospal adding individual helpers.
I can't be too upset, because the Lightning have outshot their opponents 84-45 in the last two games, and yet the club has only gotten one of a very winnable four points and are slowly slipping behind Carolina and Atlanta in the standings. Again, the schedule the next two months is brutal. The Lightning must bank whatever winnable games they can get, because there won't be many.
Boston 11:06, Brad Boyes 6 (Patrice Bergeron, Andrew Alberts)
Tampa Bay 17:08, Eric Perrin 6 (Vincent Lecavalier)
Tampa Bay 4:44, Martin St. Louis 16 (shorthanded) (Eric Perrin)
Boston 18:26, P.J. Axelsson 7 (shorthanded) (Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara)
Tampa Bay 9:50, Vincent Lecavalier 12 (Ruslan Fedotenko, Vaclav Prospal)
Boston 10:55, Glen Murray 13 (Jason York, Marc Savard)
Game sheet from NHL.com.
What a bizarre game with a disconcerting outcome.
Johan Holmqvist stopped just 10 of 13 shots he faced for the loss before giving way to Marc Denis who stopped 5 of 6 before Washington tacked on an empty net goal. The Lightning outshot the Caps by a stunning 50-20 margin including a 16 shot first period and a mind blowing 25 shot third period. Olaf Kolzig, however, was up to the task. Dan Boyle had 2 assists to lead the Lightning attack. Nick Tarnasky and Vincent Lecavalier scored the Lightning goals. For Tarnasky, it was his first in the NHL with Blair Jones and Ryan Craig getting individual assists in the game.
The downside of the night's outcome is the team squandered an opportunity to move into a tie for second in the division with Carolina and to pick up a point against Atlanta. On paper, the Lightning's schedule in December and January looks potentially brutal so the Lightning must get points when they play lesser opponents like Washington. You can't necessarily fault their effort tonight against the Caps, but the points left on the table still hurt.
Washington 14:12, Kris Beech 2 (Matt Pettinger, Alexander Semin)
Washington 1:53, Boyd Gordon 2 (shorthanded) (Matt Pettinger)
Washington 16:29, Alexander Semin 9 (Brian Sutherby, Steve Eminger)
Washington 18:30, Chris Clark 6 (Alexander Ovechkin, John Erskine)
Tampa Bay 5:10, Nick Tarnasky 1 (Blair Jones, Dan Boyle)
Tampa Bay 10:03, Vincent Lecavalier 11 (Ryan Craig, Dan Boyle)
Washington 18:51, Alexander Ovechkin 16 (empty net) (unassisted)
Game sheet from NHL.com.