Thursday, December 13, 2007

Game Recap: TB 6 - CGY 9

No, that's not a typo. There were actually 15 goals scored in this game. Unfortunately, Calgary had more of them, and left the Forum with a win. The Bolts surrendered hat tricks to both Kristian Huselius and Jarome Iginla.

If you were looking for defense, you were watching the wrong game. Time and again the Bolts defensemen turned over puck in their own zone, and Calgary converted on their opportunities. Johan Holmqvist was chased in the 1st period after giving up the first 4 goals. Marc Denis played well, but in the end turnovers beat the Bolts.

The Lightning goals came from Lecavalier, 2 from St. Louis, Prospal, Richards and for the second straight game, Andre Roy.

Even with all the turnovers, the Bolts kept playing and tied the game up 4 times. The Lightning had their chances, and had the game tied at 6 late in the third period. But in the end it was Iginla taking over, scoring his second at 14:41 of the 3rd. The goal proved to be the game winner. He followed that just 1 minute later with his 3rd. The final Calgary goal was an empty nettter from Olan Nolan.

Not sure what to take away from this one. The defense needs to play much better, as does Holmqvist. Puck control and possession need to improve. This team can obviously score, they just need to figure out how to stop their opponents from doing so.

Next up the Bolts the Alex the Great and the Washington Capitals this Saturday at the Forum.

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Tampa Gator said...

It was a fun game, except for the end of the third period. I was stuck behind the Calgary bench with all the Flames fans and their flag and of course I had to stay to the very end...

P.S. Where was the Defense?
P.P.S. We score 6 goals against one of the Leagues best goalies and loose?

RJ said...

Defense...what defense?