Thursday, September 20, 2007

Game Recap- vs. Dallas


AP:

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Mathieu Darche scored at 4:40 of overtime to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-3 pre-season victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night.

Brad Richards, who had three assists, set up the winner.

Tampa Bay took a 3-2 lead when Kyle Wanvig scored on a third-period penalty shot. Dallas' Loui Eriksson tied it with a power-play goal with 1:01 left in regulation.

Marc Denis, looking to rebound from a disappointing season in which he went from being the Lightning's No. 1 goalie to not making the post-season roster, stopped 36 shots.

Andreas Karlsson and Jason Ward, who scored on the power play, had the other Lightning goals.



Denis looked pretty good last night, except for the Stars first goal that went up and over his shoulder. He seemed to loose sight of it. Other than that he had a pretty solid performance making 36 saves. I'm still not sure what to think of the defense. Granted Lukowich,Boyle and Ranger didn't play so I can't be too hard on them. There were quite a few blocked shots, I attribute to the more agressive style Sullivan is trying to implement.

The most glaring highlight was the play of Brad Richards. He assisted on 3 of the Bolts goals including the game winner in OT by Darche. Richie looks like he is hungry and back on track. In all a solid 1st game by the Bolts.

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