Jan 21, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Joe Finley (52) and Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Pierre-Cedric Labrie (76) fight during the first period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning Drop The Gloves And Road Opener

One second into the game, the gloves were dropped like the game. ‘Nacho’ – Pierre-Cedric Labire didn’t disappoint in his Downie-style reputation. B.J. Crombeem and Labrie both opened the game with fights as soon as the dropped. Chris Dingman on Lightning Live keeps asking “Did Vinny win the opening face-off?” Who knows? All attention was turned to the fights! Which, by the way, was not shown live as the ref dropped it too early. He didn’t realize that the television was still on commercial.

During the first two periods the Lightning didn’t appear to show the same enthusiasm as they did on Saturday. The New York Islanders opened up the third period by scoring their 4th goal, making the score 4-0. Anders Lindback still looked great in goal, he let in 4, however, the Islanders out shot the Lightning by ridiculous numbers at that point. Finally, Martin St. Louis opened up the scoring for the Bolts and brought it up to 4-1. Benoit Pouliot followed, then Steven Stamkos. Towards the end they had a 3 on 5, with the Islanders having the 2 man advantage. Anders held them off, and they ended the last minute on a 1 man penalty kill. The final score was 4-3, New York. Let’s hope that the Lightning do not lose their momentum already, for they had a great 3rd period. If they would have played like that in the first two periods, this would have been an amazing game. The Islanders are fast, like puck ninjas. Too many turn overs. The Lightning were out played by a talented team, plain and simple. There is no reason to feel ashamed, as they gave it their all in the third, and you can well bet that they will try much harder tomorrow night. I would hate to be in that locker room with Coach Boucher right now. What a way to over shadow Vincent Lecavalier’s 1,000th game! Here’s the numbers:

First Period

Scoring: None

00:01 TBL B.J. Crombeen : Fighting (maj)  – 5  min
00:01 TBL Pierre-Cedric Labrie : Fighting (maj)  – 5  min
00:01 TBL Ryan Malone : Unsportsmanlike conduct  – 2  min
00:01 NYI Colin McDonald : Unsportsmanlike conduct  – 2  min
00:01 NYI Joe Finley : Fighting (maj)  – 5  min
00:01 NYI Matt Martin : Fighting (maj)  – 5  min
00:55 TBL Eric Brewer : Delaying the game  – 2  min
06:53 NYI David Ullstrom : Hi-sticking  – 2  min
14:04 NYI Matt Carkner : Interference  – 2  min

 

Second Period

02:05 TBL Brian Lee : Cross checking  – 2  min
05:14 TBL Cory Conacher : Tripping  – 2  min
05:38 TBL Eric Brewer : Hooking  – 2  min
06:50 NYI PPG – Michael Grabner (1) Tip-In – Assists: M. Streit (1) & E. Nabokov (1)
14:16 NYI Matt Martin : Holding  – 2  min
16:23 NYI Matt Martin (1) Wrist Shot – Assists: J. Tavares (1)
17:35 NYI Kyle Okposo (1) Snap Shot – Assists: J. Tavares (2) & M. Moulson (1)
19:07 TBL Keith Aulie : Cross checking  – 2  min

 

Third Period 

01:31 NYI David Ullstrom (1) Wrist Shot – Assists: K. Aucoin (1) & T. Hamonic (1)
02:22 TBL Martin St Louis (3) Wrist Shot – Assists: S. Stamkos (3) & C. Conacher (2)
07:26 TBL Benoit Pouliot (1) Wrist Shot – Assists: B. Crombeen (1) & A. Hall (1)
08:00 TBL Steven Stamkos (1) Snap Shot – Assists: C. Conacher (3) & M. St Louis (2)
17:32 TBL Nate Thompson : Holding  – 2  min
18:13 TBL Brian Lee : Holding  – 2  min

 

SHOTS ON GOAL
                1st 2nd 3rd T
7 8 11 26
10 17 18 45

 

SAVES
Goalies Total Sv% TOI
TBL › 39 –  Lindback 40 – 44 .909 59:40
TBL › 39 –  Lindback 40 – 44 .909 59:40
NYI › 20 –  Nabokov 23 – 26 .885 60:00
NYI › 20 –  Nabokov 23 – 26 .885 60:00

 

Dolly Dolce
@HulaDolly

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