Mar 20, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback (39) makes a blocker save against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Tampa Bay 4-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Hurricanes Blow Around The Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning took to home ice again on Sunday night to face the Carolina Hurricanes. Just as in recent games, the Bolts were down 3 in the 1st and tried to climb back up the hill unsuccessfully. This one didn’t even go to overtime.

Just 16 seconds in, Alexander Semin got a snapshot in past Anders Lindback, who made his return from his ankle injury. Jiri Tlusty had 2 wrist shot goals. One at 10:45 and one at 18:46. At 8:40 Richard Panik took a 2 minute penalty for goaltender interference. The Lightning successfully killed off the penalty. In the last second of the 1st, Keith Aulie got 2 minutes for slashing, making the Lightning start off the 2nd with a full 2 minutes penalty kill.

Carolina failed to capitalize on the power play at the beginning of the 2nd period. At 2:29 B.J. Crombeen and Nicolas Blanchard got 5 for fighting. Radko Gudas was given a clipping penalty at 2:41. At 9:23 Jay Harrison got 2 minutes for hooking, giving the Lightning their first chance of the night at a power play. Steven Stamkos came through at 10:07 with a power play slap shot goal. Jiri Tlusty got the last penalty of the period with 2 minutes for goaltender interference. There were no other goals in the period.

There was only 1 goal and 1 penalty in the 3rd period. At 2:16 Martin St. Louis‘ backhand brought the score within one goal. Pierre-Cedric Labrie was slapped with 2 for cross-checking at 17:22. He did do the cross-checking, but in watching the replays, I think I’d of done more than crosscheck the little coward that threw himself down onto the ice before Labrie, trying to draw the penalty. Embellishment, anyone?

Tampa Bay had 37 shots on goal, Carolina had 28. The 3rd period was when the Lightning dominated with 16 shots on goal, while Carolina only had 4. They are taking more shots, and stepping up with the defense. They just need to find a way to bury the puck into the net and keep possession of the puck.

Tomorrow night they welcome the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Let’s hope for a better and brighter recap.

Dolly Dolce

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