Thursday, October 11, 2007

Game Recap: TB 2 - FLA 1

In his first meeting with his former team, Chris Gratton proved to be too much to handle , scoring both Lightning goals in leading the Bolts to a 2-1 victory over the visiting Panthers. The win was the Lightning's third in a row, and gave the Bolts a 3-0 start for the first time since their Stanley Cup winning season in '03-'04. Johan Holmqvist started in goal for the third straight game and recorded 30 saves on 31 shots. The MVP line was held scoreless for the first time this season.

"When the big line isn't going, we found a way," Tortorella said. "I thought Grats' line was probably our best line."

"It's always tough to play your former teammates," Gratton said. "It's nice to chip in against any team in the league. Our line has got to help out with the offense a little bit. We got a couple lucky breaks, but I thought it was a solid game by both teams."

It was nice to see contributions from a line other than the top. Also strong was the second line of Ouellet, Richards and Hlavac, Although they didn't record a point, they battled tough in the corners, and mounted a steady forecheck that produced a number of scoring opportunities. The defense also seems to be coming together. Mike Sullivan's crew was credited with 13 blocked shots, and had a number of key takeaways in the defensive zone.

In all, another solid performance by the Bolts who now hit the road for the next 2 games, starting with the backside of a home and home with Florida.

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Marsha said...

Nice write-up, RJ. Glad we're getting these pesky Kitties (or Panturds, as the SunSports guys call 'em) off our backs this season.

RJ said...

No doubt! Gratton was a beast last night.