Thursday, April 12, 2007

One Down, Down One: TB 3 - NJ 5


Vinny Lecavalier had 2 goals and Marty St. Louis added another, but it wasn't enough as the Bolts dropped game one 5-3 to the Devils. Zach Parise netted two and Scott Gomez had three helpers for the home team. Martin Brodeur was solid in net for Jersey making 23 saves. For the Lightning, Holmqvist showed both flashes of brilliance and rookie inexperience. Down 4-3 in the 3rd with the Lightning pressing, Holmer decided not to freeze a puck and turned it over for what was the back breaking 5th goal. "Holmer played okay," Lightning coach John Tortorella said. "It was his first game. He'll be better next game. All I'm looking for is for him to give a solid effort out there and I think our team will be okay."

The two teams face off again Saturday night in Jersey for game 2.

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6 comments:

Patricia said...

In all honesty, both teams could have played a HELL of a lot better. Holmqvist looked incredible in the first period, but did have his weak points as the game progressed. I'll chalk it up to nerves. His play in the third period was a mess though -- no way should he have thrown the puck back into play. Rookie mistake. No worries, I'm sure you guys will bounce back strong on Saturday.

BTW, your team is killing our defense with the backdoor play...I'm surprised St. Louis didn't get a few more goals tonight, he was just salivating at the side of the net for a wide open opportunity. You'd think the Devils D would have caught on eventually...

Patricia
2ManAdvantage.com

Mark said...

Aha. Just as I said - Lightning in 6.

Anonymous said...

Patricia from 2manadvantage is being kind to you bolts fans. I was at the game last night and I can't speak today from chanting JJJJOOOOOOOHHHHHAAAAANNNNNN!!!!! so often. Man did he look shaky. Your D didn't really help him out much either, allowing Devs to skate free in front of the net all night. The bolts will definitely get their chances and the wrap-around Vinny scored was very un-Marty-like, but there were times that Marty stood on his head once again. The save he made in the third, flashing the glove on the shot from point blank was pure Brodeur.

I'll be honest...I talked some crap before this series started, but the bolts were the one team I didn't want to open up against. We've historically had a harder time with you guys than we have with any other team in the Eastern playoffs. I was happy to see Holmqvist apple-up the way he did. And with Tortorella ready to give the Big Vaudeville Hook to his goalie at any minute, I can't see him getting too comfortable anytime soon. I know he won a Cup in 2004, but that was with the Bulin Wall in net. I don't know why you bolts fans continue to put up with him, the way he undermines your goalie's confidence at every opportunity... Mark my words. If Johan lets in one or two more softies on Saturday, Tortorella will give him The Hook and put an even greener kid in net against the goalie that every other goalie measures himself against. Martin Brodeur. Not a recipe for success...

rubber beats lightening said...

DEVILS IN 6!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mark said...

I know why Devil's fan goes by "anonymous". Cause he knows embarrassment is acomin'!

RUBBER BEATS LIGHTENING said...

DREAM ON
DEVILS IN 6!!!!!!!!!!!