Sunday, February 10, 2008

Game Recap: TB 1- ATL 2 (OT)


Another well played game by the Bolts, too bad a broken stick cost them the 2 points. Gonna be lazy with the recap, here's a bit from the fish wrap:


ATLANTA (AP)—Alexei Zhitnik had only one goal in his first 56 games this season, but the Atlanta Thrashers defenseman knew what to do with the puck when he saw Tampa Bay’s Flip Kuba without a stick.

Zhitnik easily maneuvered past Kuba with a fake and beat goaltender Johan Holmqvist with a shot 1:26 into overtime to give the Thrashers a 2-1 win over the Lightning on Saturday night in a key Southeast Division game.

Zhitnik seized the opening after Kuba broke his stick on a shot at the other end of the ice.

The Thrashers ended Tampa Bay’s six-game winning streak on the road. The Lightning are still last in the Southeast, but haven’t lost hope.

“We’ll be right there,” Lightning forward Martin St. Louis said. “Everybody is beating everybody.

“They wouldn’t have gotten that scoring chance if (Kuba) hadn’t broken his stick. We played very resilient. … We played a good game. We had our chances.”

Vincent Lecavalier, second in the NHL with 72 points, gave Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead with a second-period goal. He lifted a backhand shot over Lehtonen at 12:48.

The Thrashers were held without a shot on their only power play of the second period and managed just four shots in the period.

Atlanta finally answered with a tying slap shot by Marian Hossa 4:18 into the third period.

The Thrashers’ best scoring chance in the first two periods came with 3:38 left in the opening frame. Hossa passed from the right circle to Slava Kozlov, who appeared to beat Holmqvist with a shot that set off the red light behind the net. A video review showed the puck bounced up and away from the net without crossing the line.

Kozlov delivered a third-period assist on Hossa’s tying goal. Eric Perrin, stationed between Hossa and the net, screened Holmqvist’s view of the shot.

After the goal by Hossa, the best chance of avoiding overtime came when Tampa Bay’s Craig MacDonald hit the post on a shot with about 4 minutes left in the third period.


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2 comments:

Marsha said...

Hi RJ. What a heartbreaker for me, with the guys not putting it all out there in the closing minutes of regulation. The only thing that excited me about that game was the MacDonald-Gratton-Tarnasky line. Am weary of Torts putting the 3 Amigos all on a single line. Oh, and why aren't our games on SeSo matchups anymore? On the brite side, my kid scored 2 goals in one game at the last soccer tournament.

RJ said...

That seems to be the way the season has gone. A bad break.....he he, bad pun intended....cost the the game. I have to agree with you on the Gratton line. I noticed they got a ton of ice time, and for good reason. Their forecheck was awesome. I also like having the big 3 on the top line together. Brad is scoring, and Prospal is gelling with the 2nd line.

Not sure about SESO. I have gone over there to do the game day thread, and nothing was put up. Should probably drop Jen a line about that one.

Congrats on the soccer success!