Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Game Recap: TB 3 - MTL 2 (SO)

Hockey players are indeed tough. After suffering what appeared to be a serious knee injury the night before in Toronto, Brad Richards was back on the ice to face Montreal. The Bolts star center played a fantastic game, assisting on Vinny Lecavalier's goal, and then netting the game winner in the shootout. "I've found that if I go in with speed and doing something quick I have more success, and that's all it is, there's no secret," said Richards, who is 2-for-2 in the shootout this season. "I go in and try to shoot, it's pretty simple. I don't have the hands to do a bunch of dipsy-doodle stuff." Richards also contributed a huge penalty-killing effort as the Bolts held on through the final 2 minutes of overtime after Vinny Prospal was sent to the box for tripping.

The other Lightning goal came from the true tough guy of the Bolts, Andre Roy. It was his second of the season and was a nice shot off a rebound that beat Rookie goalie Carey Price. "That was huge," Roy said. "I was at the end of my shift and I was pretty exhausted but I gave a last push and I was lucky enough that O'Byrne just lost it."

Another bright spot for the Bolts was the play of back-up goalie Marc Denis. He got his first win of the season, stopping 28 of 30 shots. "It's huge, especially in the fashion we did it," said Denis "You have to play with an attitude in a shootout."

The Bolts now head home to face Calgary on Thursday.

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The Chad said...

Did anybody else hear Denis quasi-laughing after the second Montreal shooter was stopped in the shootout? I have to admit, I'm a Holmqvist supporter in this sub-par goalie tandem, but man I can appreciate Denis' enthusiasm.

On a realistic note, I do hope he missed the plane back though.

Tampa Gator said...

Denis needs to play some good games, so we can trade him for someone.