Tuesday, November 29, 2011

NHL Penguins at Rangers Quick Preview

The Pittsburgh Penguins face off tonight on Versus against the New York Rangers in Madison Square Garden. This is the first of 6 meetings between the two teams this year. The Rangers won last season's series 4-2. Both teams are coming off of wins, as the Penguins beat the Canadiens 4-3 in overtime while the Rangers defeated the Flyers by a score of 2-0. Both teams look to continue their momentum tonight, in hopes of remaining at the top of the Eastern Conference. The Rangers are 6th, but are only five points behind the 1st placed Penguins. James Neal has been hot for the Penguins this year, with 23 points in as many games despite a -2 rating. Marian Gaborik, the Rangers' leading scorer, has 10 goals and 7 assists this year. Sidney Crosby has been solid since returning for the Penguins. He has 2 goals and 7 assists in his 4 games, showing viewers that he has not lost his great vision of the ice. However, Sid and the Pens may have trouble scoring tonight against Rangers' netminder Henrik Lundqvist; he has wins in seven of his last eight starts. Game will be shown on Versus tonight at 7:30. I will more than likely be commenting on the game via Twitter. Twitter Handle: @Gabriel0430

Monday, November 28, 2011

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Via Bolts by the Bay: Lightning at Wild 7:30 pm EST

The Tampa Bay Lightning head into Minnesota tonight to play a top team in the Western conference. The Wild and the Lightning face off tonight in what should be a very interesting game. The Lightning, after a couple of disappointing losses, including a 7-1 beating at the hands of the Toronto Maple Leafs, have won two games in a row against the rival Florida Panthers. In both games, the Lightning look to have regained its form... more.

Gabe's Music Corner!

Alright alright, so as you may have noticed, I got rid of the music player on the left bar. If you want to hear music, I have a new blog called Gabe's Music Corner. The way that blog works is pretty simple: I listen to music throughout the day, and I post them on the site by embeding Youtube videos onto my posts. Have a song you want to see on my site? Shoot me a request!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving day!

Take a moment today and think about what you should be thankful for. Count your blessings, think of all the positives in your life. In fact, make it a habit: be thankful for every day from now on.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Crosby's 4 Point Night Leads the Penguins Past the Islanders

When Penguins' Center Sidney Crosby scored in the first period of Monday night's game, the croud went nuts as expected. Even I must admit, Crosby's goal was very impressive, and would have been so on any other night. Crosby scored 2 goals and added 2 assists in a 5-0 win against the Islanders in Pittsburgh. As I said on Twitter, I'm very excited to see the Penguins play against another top team in the NHL. Despite Crosby's return, the game became pretty boring after the midway point of the 2nd period. The Islanders failed to show any sign of competitiveness Monday night, and I found myself watching the Patriots beat up on the Chiefs instead. Congrats to Sid on the great return.

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sidney Crosby Returns Monday Night vs. Isles

Pittsburgh Penguins' center Sidney Crosby is finally set to return to the ice. He will play Monday night in Pittsburgh vs. the New York Islanders. I called him the Justin Bieber of hockey last week, and the hype lived up to it once again. The mere announcement of his return had my Twitter feed clogged up with words like 'Sid' and 'finally' and 'returns'.

I'll start off by saying I am glad to hear that Crosby is cleared to play. I don't wish for any player to be sidelined due to injury, so I'm glad for him. We all know he's pretty much a lock for the All-Star game, so hopefully he does really well in order to keep us fans (or at least me) happy with his ASG appearance.

It's been nearly a year since the Penguins have seen Crosby on the ice. The Pens havent played badly though. Despite a round one loss in the playoffs last year to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Penguins have continued to be a top team in the NHL. They are once again competing for a top spot in the Eastern Conference, even without the phenom named Sid. The Penguins hope to have even more success with Crosby's return, but I think there could be a brief negative effect. The Penguins have developed a system, a chemistry, that works without Crosby. After such a long period of time, Crosby's return will be a shock to the team's systems. The Penguins hope it will be a positive shock, a spark if you will. It is possible, however, that an adjustment period could occur where the Penguins play not badly, but with less flow, because of Crosby's lack of playing time in the past months. Of course, that is unlikely, as Crosby is one of the top players in the league. It's possible that Crosby's return could have a very short-term negative effect. Of course, only time will tell.

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Via Bolts by the Bay: Lightning Win, Still Have Some Moderate Issues

The Tampa Bay Lightning came home after two very disappointing road losses to the Blues and the Jets. Before I detail the Bolt’s issues, I’ll explain the positives. Obviously, any time you are able the beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, you should feel very accomplished. The Lightning, despite some inconsistent play lately, beat the Penguins Thursday night by a score of 4-1... more.

Gabe's Stream of Consciousness - More College Abuse

After analyzing the Penn State scandal daily last week, I found myself emotionally drained. I was deeply saddened that people (Sandusky, Paterno, etc.) could have such egregious lapses in judgment. What Sandusky did is obviously much worse than what Paterno did and didn't do, I don't deny that. Recently, Sandusky made a statement during an NBC interview, basically stating that he was innocent and only "horsed around" with the children in the showers. This seemed to inspire not only Sandusky's victims to speak out, but others as well.

As reported by ESPN, 2 alleged victims (former Syracuse University ball boys) of another abuse case have spoken out. Both said Syracuse associate head basketball coach Bernie Fine abused them sexually. I just heard about this story this morning, and I do not know the full story. Therefore, I will not be covering the story in detail. This segment isn't for me to discuss the Syracuse case in detail. I'm set to begin attending the Univerity of South Florida in Tampa next fall, so stories like this are a lot closer to me than you may think. I can't help to think, what if something like this happens at my school? These stories sadden me so much, and I'm not even closely connected with any of these educational institutions. I'm not planning on playing any sports at USF, outside of intramurals. Sadly, I think it may be in my best interest. With two sex abuse scandals rising into the media in the past two weeks, I start to wonder how often this really happens. It's scary quite frankly. I do hope to enjoy my time in college, but it makes me wonder: what goes on behind closed doors? I encourage all of my readers to not hide anything you see. If you see something, or are approached personally in an inappropriate way, tell someone, anyone.

This post has not been edited. Stream of Consciousness posts are typed without revision, apologies for any errors. I understand that these cases are very sensitive. If you have a comment, please let me know civily via Email or twitter. Twitter handle on the left bar.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

11/15: Pittsburgh Penguins 6 Colorado Avalanche 3

The game last night involving the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Colorado Avalanche was a tale of two teams. In the first period, it looked as though the Avs would run right through the Penguins. However, the Penguins showed us why they are competing for a top spot in the Eastern Conference early in the season.

The first period started the way everyone though it would. The Penguins came out skating hard, overwhelming the Avalanche. Varlomov made save after save for the Avs. Asham dropped the gloves with Mcleod and nearly pounded his face in. The Penguins had so much more energy than the Avs. However, the tables turned once the Pens got a two man advantage for 50 seconds. With nearly a minute of 5-on-3 powerplay time, the Penguins could not break through the Avs' netminder Varlomov. The Avalanche continued it's impressive penalty kill on the 5-on-4 chance for the Pens. The penalty kill seemed to energize the Avs. The Avs eventually scored after about 15 minutes had elapsed in the period. Jay McClement stuffed home a rebound right in front of the net to give the Avalanche a one goal lead. About 2 minutes later, the Avs found themselves threatening to score again. With the puck possessed by Stastny in the corner, Duchene found an open lane in the high slot and took it. Stastny found him, and Duchene made a nifty between the legs move to his backhand and flipped it past Fluery for a two goal lead. It looked as if the Avs would run away and earn an easy win. The Penguins responded quickly however. Jordan Staal cut to the low slot from the low corner, receiving a pass from Tyler Kennedy and wristing it past Varlomov to cut the Avs' lead in half. The Avs shot back quickly though. David Jones went right through Pens' defenders Deryk Engelland and Paul Martin and fired a shot past the short side of Fluery to reestablish a 2 goal lead.

The second period was mostly all about the goaltenders through the 11 minutes. Both teams opened up offensively, firing on the opposing goalies. Fluery and Varlomov were right on though, stopping some great scoring chances for their respective teams. The Penguins seemed to be showing frustration as the period went on. They continued to get good scoring chances, but could not solve Varlomov, and faced a two goal deficit. That changed after 11 minutes however. Varlomov made a save on Pens' winger Craig Adams and dove to recover the rebound. He was not aware though that the puck was jarred loose by the following contact. Pascal Dupuis pounced on it and flipped it into an empty net to once again cut the deficit to one goal. After that strange goal, the goaltenders continued to shine for each team. The Avs though held on to a one goal lead.

The third period was all about the Penguins. Pens' defenseman Brooks Orpik scored the tying goal after just 1 minute and 12 seconds in the third period, when he fired a slap shot from the point that deflected off of Jay McClement's right skate. The shot looked to be headed wide of the net, but changed direction and fell into the net. The Penguins continued to pour it on, and then it was Malkin's turn to show some moves. He received a pass from Jordan Staal and tapped the puck between the legs of Gabriel Landeskog of the Avalanche. He skated alone into the low slot and beat Varlomov for the go-ahead goal, giving the Penguins their first lead of the night. The Penguins would not stop there. On the powerplay, James Neal was parked in front of the net and received a cross ice pass from Steve Sullivan for an easy tap in goal, giving the Penguins a 5-3 lead with 12:43 remaining in the period. About three minutes later, Pens' defender Kris Letang skated the puck from center ice, all the way into the low slot and backhanded the puck past Varlomov for the Penguins' sixth goal of the night, nailing down a 6-3 win for the Penguins.

Three Stars
1) J. Neal
2) E. Malkin
3) K. Letang

Photos by Justin K. Aller and Gregory Shamux (Getty Images)

Penguins: Next game @ Tampa Bay Lightning 11/17 7:30 EST
Avalanche: Next game @ Minnesota Wild 11/17 6:00 EST

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Shameful NHL All-Star Ballot

This may be a bold statement, but the NHL has once again proven to me how shamefully biased they can be. Just look at the NHL All-Star Game Ballot. Why is Sidney Crosby on the ballot? He's played zero games this year, and should not be voted over player who has played more games than Crosby. Unless Crosby decides to score 20 or 30 goals before January, he should be out of the game this year. And it isn't just him either. I also found Rangers Defenseman Marc Staal on the ballot. I said to myself, 'hm, I didn't know he was playing this year.' As it turned out, I was right. I checked on Staal's stats; he has played in zero games. Why is he on the ballot then? Don't accuse me of being biased, being 'anti-Crosby' or any of that other knowledge. You want to know what I am? I'm anti-biased. Crosby and Staal's presence on the ballot makes it obvious that the NHL is biased and plays favorites. Crosby is on the ballot because he's Crosby and has had great years in the past. However, this is an All-Star Game, that involves the best players from the CURRENT year, not the previous year. I don't look at Stamkos and his 95 goals in the past six years when I vote for him. I analyze him and his 10 goals from THIS year. I'm not looking at track records, I vote according to this year. Marc Staal is on the ballot only because his older brother, Eric Staal, has been quietly great in Carolina for the past few years. I mean, even Staal himself isn't on the ballot. Why is his brother on it? If you're telling me that Marc Staal, who has played ZERO games this year, makes the team over Eric, who has worked hard to try to push his Hurricanes team to the next level, you must not have perspective. Any reasonable person would agree that it is unfair that Marc Staal has a spot on the ballot over Eric Staal. The NHL needs to change the All-Star voting because I don't want to see a bunch of celebrities skating on the ice (for that, just lace up Justin Bieber and Wiz Khalifa and throw em on the ice). I want to see the BEST players in the league, not the most popular. I think the league should set up a committee within themselves to vote in the majority of the All-Star teams, giving us the choice to ONLY vote in 6 players. I think that is fair, but the NHL will likely never move to that alternative.

Be sure to vote via vote.nhl.com. Plus, follow me on Twitter for more news: @Gabriel0430

Via Bolts by the Bay: Lightning Look for Thirteenth Straight

And no, we aren’t talking about wins. The Tampa Bay Lightning are in Winnipeg tonight to faceoff against the Jets. With a win tonight, the Lightning will have a 13 game win streak against the Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise. This is the longest active streak of this sort in the league... more

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Via Bolts by the Bay: Down a Few? No Problem

Gabe's post on Bolts by the Bay

At this point, we all know that the Tampa Bay Lightning are not a great 1st period team so far into the season. However, it has not come back to haunt them so far. The Lightning have won 3 straight games, all in overtime, and all while they trailed at some point in the game...more

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Gabe's Stream of Consciousness - Penn State

This is the first of what I will call a 'Stream of Consciousness' post. Basically, I will just speak about a certain issue impulsively, depending on what comes off the top of my head at the time. It's not a planned article, it's strictly impulsive. It can be compared to something like a dictionary or journal entry that I want to share with you, the audience. Tonight's topic (a very predictable one)........

Joe Paterno and the Penn State Case

If you've been keeping up with the news lately, you already know what's going on at Pennsylvania State University this week. A sex scandal investigation revealed that assistant coach Sandusky had molested several children (Penn State football players) in the past few years. Now, I do not know all of the facts, and am not here to inform you on the facts of the story either. Rather, I want you all to know how I feel about the situation. Joe Paterno, the head coach of Penn State's football team, has been under heavy scrutiny. Last night, he was fired, after coaching since 1966. Now, my first question is... why do you let someone coach an organization for that long? Does it make sense to have such an elderly coach (Paterno is currently 85) coaching a College Football team? At 85, no one should be coaching any team in any league! And Paterno hasn't even won a championship or competed for one since forever ago.. the 70s or 80s is the last time PSU won a national championship, if I remember correctly. So how did he manage to remain in his position? Simple: we as a society forced a mythology, a deity, onto Paterno. We put so much power and recognition into Paterno that we were blind to anything else. Common sense would tell us that Paterno should have been out way before all of this happened. When we enforce deities on human beings, things can get dangerous, and we've seen an example of that this week.

Now let's focus on the victims, something not many people seem to be doing. How do you think they feel? Hey PSU students, do you think those victims, you PEERS, would want you supporting Paterno? Think about what you are supporting! Paterno didn't do anything illegal, but he didn't know enough to protect the victims of Sandusky. Therefore, why support him? The victims are suffering while thousands of students are protesting Paterno's firing, wishing he would stay back. Well guess what folks: think about what you're supporting. Stop worshipping Paterno, he is only human.

Look for more Stream of Consciousness posts here on Gabe's Take.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Find My TBLightning Writings on Bolts By The Bay!

Fans, I have been accepted to write on Bolts By The Bay! My policies say that I cannot make Tampa Bay Lightning related posts on any other blogs, including my personal one. Therefore, you will not see any more Lightning posts here. However, I will continue to provide my analysis on other NHL teams, along with other teams in other sports. As always, stay tuned fans!

Monday, November 7, 2011

11/6: Tampa Bay Lightning 4 Florida Panthers 3

Once again, the Tampa Bay Lightning had a slow start on the road against the rival Florida Panthers. It looked as if the Panthers would once again dominate the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning have been having trouble playing on the road, as they had a 2-4-2 mark away from home headed into Sunday. It looked like they would add another loss to that record early on in the game. Just 1:49 into the game, the Panthers scored a powerplay goal. The shot came campbell at the low slot and deflected off of Lightning forward Nate Thompson and into the net. Garon had almost no chance to stop this shot. The Panthers continued their dominance against the Lightning and scored a second goal at 13:05 of the first. Skille led the Panthers out of the Lightning zone in transition and earned a 2-on-1 break. Skille made a perfect pass to Kopecky, who one timed it past Garon for the second goal. The Lightning still could not figure out the Panthers. Just over two minutes later, the Panthers had another chance to score. Kulikov intercepted a pass from Lightning center Lecavalier and passed it to Santorelli, who was on the left wing. He skated the puck in and wristed the puck through defender Kubina and over the shoulder of a seemingly unsuspecting Garon for a 3-0 lead. Garon would be pulled and replaced by Roloson. The Panthers would continue to dominate the rest of the period, ending with a 16 to 9 shot advantage. The Lightning would not surrender another goal however.

The Panthers continued to dominate the flow of the game into the second period, but Dwayne Roloson stayed solid with key saves for the Lightning. The Bolts would eventually restructure themselves and finally make a mark on the scoreboard. While on the powerplay, Brewer fired a low wrist shot towards the net. There was traffic in front of Panthers goalie Theodore, including Lightning forwards Steven Stamkos and Ryan Malone. The rebound came off of Theodore and to Malone. Malone handled the puck, and stuffed it into to the net to cut the lead down to 2. About 90 seconds later, the Lightning had another goal, this one a little prettier than the one before it. Lightning defender Gilroy received the puck at the point, with Panthers forward Versteeg chasing him down. Gilroy faked a slapshot and spun around Versteeg. He skated all the way below the goal line and crossed the puck through the crease to an unguarded Stamkos who tapped it in for his league-leading (tied with Toronto's Phil Kessel) 10th goal of the year.

After controlling the end of the second period, the Lightning came out pressing for the tying goal in the third period. They finally got it at the 8:11 mark. Brewer fired a slapshot from the left point that was right on Jose Theodore, who couldn't control the rebound. There was a mad scramble for the puck, and Downie, on his knees, would snap the puck past Theodore hitting the right post. The puck bounced to Purcell however, who barely got it over the goal line for the tying goal. Lightning Coach Guy Boucher continued to be aggressive, sending the big guns Lecavalier, St. Louis, and Stamkos out on the next shift. The three almost combined several times for a go ahead goal, but Theodore was there to save the game multiple times for the Panthers, including an amazing glove save against a backhander by Downie with under a minute left in the 3rd.

Both goalies came out to play in the overtime period. Theodore made several saves against St. Louis and Stamkos, including a semi-breakaway for St. Louis. Roloson made a huge stop with less than seconds left, when a Panthers passing combination managed to get Stephen Weiss loose from the crowd and in alone on Roloson. Rolo stayed with him though, and made a toe save, preserving the game for the Lightning. So, after all of the insanity settled, the two teams would head to a shootout. After three stops by Theodore on Stamkos, Downie, and Purcell, Moore would break through. Roloson made the final save on former Bolt Sean Bergenheim, of all people, and the Lightning managed a come back win against the Florida Panthers.

Gabe's Notes: This was the first win for the Lightning against the Panthers in three tries this year; The Lightning are now 3-4-2 on the road; Stamkos remains hot, as he now has 15 points in 14 games; Campbell and Santorelli both scored their first goals of the season for the Panthers; Roloson was a perfect 27-27 in saves in relief of Garon, who was 9-11; Hedman was out due to an 'upper body injury'; Defenseman Matt Gilroy led the team in ice time with 24:03; Malone left the game with an injury; The Lightning are only two points behind the division leading Capitals.

Upcoming Games

Tampa Bay Lightning (7-5-2, 16 pts): 11/9 vs. Philadelphia Flyers (Versus)
Florida Panthers (6-4-3, 15 pts): 11/8 @ Toronto Maple Leafs

Three Stars

1) Dwayne Roloson (27 for 27 saves)
2) Steven Stamkos (1G, 1A, 6 Shots)
3) Teddy Purcell (1G, 2 Shots)

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Tampa Bay Lightning Marty St. Louis Interivew

Marty St. Louis talks to us about the last game vs. the Chicago Blackhawks. Some great music in the background. I really love listening to Marty, he offers a calming influence.

11/4: Tampa Bay Lightning 5 Chicago Blackhawks 4 F/OT

The Tampa Bay Lightning pulled off a 5-4 overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks. Stamkos scored a hat trick, Connolly managed to tap in his second career goal, and Lecavalier won the game with a pretty goal in overtime. More details on the Lightning's official site.

Official Recap: http://bit.ly/u4v8em

Friday, November 4, 2011

11/4: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Chicago Blackhawks

The Tampa Bay Lightning are coming off of a 4-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes that had head coach Guy Boucher very dissatisfied. During an interview yesterday (11/3) Boucher implied that the team didn't battle hard enough, saying that they would "loose to every single team" if they continued to play with the same lack of effort. Guy Boucher said before the game that he had discussed the team's recent slow starts in the days leading up to the game in Carolina. However, the team didn't respond well, giving up 19 shots in the first period alone. The Lightning will look to respond tonight however, when they face the Chicago Blackhawks in Tampa Bay. For more info and a preview of tonight's game, visit the Lightning's official site: http://t.co/n9R65X2Z

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

11/1: Carolina Hurricanes 4 Tampa Bay Lightning 2

On the first day of November, the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 4-2. The story of the night for the Lightning was an emphasis on slow defensive starts on the road. As much as Guy Boucher seemed to be concentrating on that issue, the trend continued. The Lightning started off very slowly in the defensive zone, allowing the Hurricanes to push through their offensive zone with multiple sharp passes in the first period. Dwayne Roloson saved the Lightning in the first however, stopping 18 of 19 shots fired on net by the Hurricanes. Purcell was able to score when a shot from Bergeron was fired from the point. The shot was cleared, but right to Purcell and he beat Cam Ward for the first goal of the night. About three minutes later, the 'Canes scored on the powerplay. Chad LaRose put a rebound into the net, after the original shot managed to get through Roloson.

The 'Canes came out aggressively to start the 2nd period. Within 22 seconds, the 'Canes had the go ahead goal. As the puck was dumped into the Lightning defensive zone, the Hurricanes swarmed in on the fore check, eventually forcing a turnover. Skinner took the puck, skated through the stick checking of Victor Hedman, into to the slot, and fired a shot that beat Roloson to break the tie. Boucher was not happy afterwards. About 5 minutes into the period, the Lightning were on a 2 minute 5-on-3 powerplay. This was a perfect time for the Bolts to tie it, but they could not get the equalizer. However, it was not for lack of effort. Cam Ward made several key stops, including a huge slap shot from Vincent Lecavalier from the high slot. The Lightning seemed to have found their offensive rhythm, as the pelted Cam Ward with shots after the powerplay was over. Then, the Lightning caught a bad break. With the team applying continuous pressure in the offensive zone, Brewer broke his stick while attempting a slap shot. Jokinen picked up the loose puck and moved up the ice with Jeff Skinner. Brewer was back without a stick, and put a hip check into Skinner. The NHL sophomore showed off his figure skating skills, maintaining his balance and passing the puck back to Jokinen. Skinner continued to the net and eventually received a pass for an easy tap in goal to beat Roloson. With about three minutes remaining in the 2nd, Eric Brewer managed to find Lecavalier for a semi-breakaway. Vinny had some space and fired a wicked slap shot on Cam Ward. The shot beat Cam but hit the post and the score remained 3-1 in favor of the 'Canes.

The Lightning, down 2 goals in the 3rd period, made every effort to erase the deficit. The Bolts got the puck on net 13 times during the 3rd, compared to the 'Canes' 4. As the period came closer to ending, the Lightning became more desperate. Then, Martin St. Louis brought the puck with him to the front of the net. Marty's shot was saved and he was dumped onto the ice, but Brett Connolly was there for the rebound goal. This was the first NHL goal for the rookie. The goal lifted the spirits of the Lightning, as they were now back within one goal with over five minutes remaining. About a minute later though, a turnover in the offensive zone sparked a 2-on-1 for the 'Canes into their offensive zone. Tlusty skated the puck in and passed it to LaRose. LaRose was not able to get a solid shot on net, but still managed to get it through a lagging Roloson for a 2nd goal, 4th for the 'Canes on the night. The 'Canes would hang on and close the game by a final score of  4-2.

Lecavalier celebrates Connolly's first goal.

Team Records

Lightning: 5-5-2, 12 pts (next 11/4 vs. Chicago Blackhawks)
Hurricanes: 5-4-3, 13 pts (next 11/4 vs. Washington Capitals)

Three Stars
1st Star: Jeff Skinner
2nd Star: Chad LaRose
3rd Star: Cam Ward

Official Stat Sheet: http://bit.ly/rNoSYi
Images Via Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes team site photo galleries.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

11/1/11 Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Carolina Hurricanes

After a solid 1-0 win against Winnipeg (the 12th in a row against the Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise for the Bolts), the Tampa Bay Lightning travel to Raleigh to face the Carolina Hurricanes. After a lackluster start to the season, Dwayne Roloson started for the first time since a 7-4 loss to the Panthers. Roloson was brilliant Saturday night against the Jets, stopping all 28 shots for the Lightning. Vincent Lecavalier had the lone goal for the Lightning, while Stamkos and Brewer had the assists. With the assist, Stamkos is now on a 6-game point streak. For a preview of the Tampa Bay Lightning's game against the Hurricanes tonight, visit the team's official site here: http://bit.ly/sUauvG

Edit: Fixed the link. The above link is a link to the boxscore of the last game. Preview tonight's game here: http://bit.ly/sJCOwP