Monday, November 5, 2007

Game Recap: TB 3 - FLA 4

It's beginning to get old. The Lightning outplayed the Panthers in the 2nd and 3rd periods, outshooting them 20-17, but come away with another loss.

They play hard, win the battles, get the shots on goal, but in the end come up empty. The Bolts got goals from St. Louis(3pp), Lukowich(1), and Ouellet(4), but they weren't enough to overcome the "Curse of Sunrise", a curse that has seen the Lightning drop 9 of 10 on the Panthers home sheet of ice. This time the loss was the Bolts 6th in a row and 7th consecutive on the road.

Of note, Ouellet seems to have found his stride, he tallied the Bolts 3rd goal, and was strong on the puck and along the boards. Lecavalier was awarded the games 3rd star for his 2 assists. The Bolts were assessed three 5 minute major penalties, one a weak call to Prospal for boarding, and two to Tarnasky one for boarding and one for fighting. He also earned a game misconduct, but got a nice shot in on Allen through a ref's grip, that dropped the Panther defenseman to the ice. Lightning Goaltender Johan Holmqvist had 26 saves on 30 shots.

The Lightning return home Wednesday to face the Panthers for the back end of a home-and-home.

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Tampa Gator said...

Once again we scored enough to win the game, but not enough to cover the crappy defense.