Thursday, November 8, 2007

Game Recap: TB 5 - CAR 1

The Lightning finally have the monkey off their back. Last night they ended their losing streak, tonight the ended their road losing streak. Thanks, in no small part, to the 40 saves registered by Johan Holmqvist. Holmer was 3-1 with 1.80 GAA, .930 save pct. against Carolina coming into tonight's game, and he left with another notch in the win column.

The Bolts got first period goals from Vinny Lecavalier and Shane O'Brien to set the pace for the Lightning. Keeping the Hurricanes under control, and chipping away, Torts changed up the lines and put Ouellet out with Lecavalier and Prospal. That's when the flood gates opened. Ouellet has been on a mission the past few games, and this one was no exception. He had a relentless forecheck, and his play led to both the Bolts first period goals.

The second period saw the Lightning tally two more times, the first only 2 minutes in by Filip Kuba, and O'Brien got his second of the game just before the end of the period. Holmqvist stopped all 18 shots the Canes threw at him, and the Bolts went in up 4-0 after two.

In the third the Hurricanes got on the board with a goal by Ray Whitney early in the frame, but again, it was Holmqvist to the rescue. He turned away 14 of 15 in the third, and Vinny Prospal added a power play goal midway through the third to seal it for the Bolts.

The Lightning head on to face the Ovechkin and the Capitals Saturday in D.C.

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