Lightning Beat Flames In Overtime, Snap Losing Skid

The Tampa Bay Lightning face off against the Cargary Flames tonight at 7:30pm, as the Bolts look to get back on the right track.

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Lightning Beat Flames In Overtime, Snap Losing Skid

Thursday night’s game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Calgary Flames was straight out of the Dickensian novel “A Tale of Three Periods.” There was action. A fast-moving plot. Twists and turns at the drop of a hat (or puck, for that matter). It was an exciting game from beginning to end, and the ending came upon you quicker than expected.

But anyway, on to the game. In the first period, the Lightning and Flames played fairly evenly. Both teams were playing aggressive and making plenty of hits, and no one team controlled the puck for the majority of the period. The Lightning started off the game strong and got a goal from Teddy Purcell five minutes in, but the Flames took control of the final four minutes of play and knocked in a goal with 30 seconds remaining.

In the second period, though, the Lightning game out like a team possessed. They allowed a goal two minutes into the period, but then didn’t allow the Flames another shot on goal for 14 minutes. They out-hustled the Flames to pucks and played a fast, aggressive period, out-shooting the Flames 18 to 5 and scoring three goals. After weeks of playing subpar, uninspiring hockey, this was the Lightning teams fans had been dying to see.

There’s this concept called “regression”, though, and it hit the Lightning hard in the third period. It took then 13 minutes to get their first shot off, and the Flames controlled the puck for the majority of the period. They scored their first goal only a minute into the period, and then tied the game up at four on a power play opportunity late in the period. They Lightning couldn’t get the same sort of momentum going like they had earlier in the game, and Mattieu Garon ended up making a few impressive saves to keep the Bolts from letting in more.

But it didn’t take the Lightning long to pull out the win in overtime. Steven Stamkos came out hard immediately after the puck drop, and he engineered a passing drive that culminated in him scoring the game-winning goal a mere 30 seconds in. It was the Bolts’ fourth overtime win of the season, and it gives them 28 points in the standings.

The Lightning may have played like three different teams over the course of this game, but hey, at least they managed to pull out a win. And if they play like their second period iteration from today more often, there could be plenty more in their near future.

To join in the conversation during the game, check out SB Nation’s blog on the Lightning, Raw Charge.

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Lightning Dominate Second Period, Score Three Goals To Take 4-2 Lead

I certainly hope Lighting fans are tuning in to tonight’s game against the Calgary Flames. Because after weeks and weeks of subpar play and disappointing losses, the Lightning just put on a show in the second period. Gone was the team that falls apart after allowing a goal; gone was the team that didn’t play with the aggressiveness we all knew they could. The Lightning smelled blood in the second period, and they went out and dominated.

The second period actually started off on a sour foot for the Lightning, as they fell behind 2-1 on a goal by Jarome Iginla at 1:57 — literally seconds after the Flames’ power play had expired. But after scoring that goal, the Flames wouldn’t have any action on net for the upcoming 14 minutes. The Lightning started playing hard, fast, and aggressive. They were on every puck as soon it was loose, and they were aggressively forechecking the Flames on every turnover. The Bolts got off 13 unanswered shots over those 14 minutes, and they finished with an 18-5 shot advantage in the second period (and a 28-14 advantage overall).

The Bolts’ first goal of the period was scored after Tom Pyatt made a big hit to get the puck in the offensive zone and keep it there; then after multiple Lightning players crashed the net, Pyatt nabbed a quick rebound and wristed a shot past Kiprusoff. The second goal of the period was less dramatic, as Ryan Malone received a pass in the slot from Steven Stamkos and knocked a quick shot in. And finally, for the third goal, Nate Thompson drove the puck into Calgary’s zone by himself, lost control of it, and then managed to pop off a quick shot that ricocheted off a Calgary defenseman into the goal.

For the first time in weeks, this team looks alive. They look hungry. Let’s just hope that continues into the third period and beyond.

To join in the conversation during the game, check out SB Nation’s blog on the Lightning, Raw Charge.

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Lightning And Flames Tied At One After First Period

After one period of play, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Calgary Flames are tied 1-1. The Lightning were the first to score, with Teddy Purcell knocked a pass from behind the goal off a Flame defender and into the net early in the period. It would take a long time for the Flames to develop much momentum, but with only 30 seconds remaining in the period, Matt Stajan flicked a bouncing puck into the goal behind Mattieu Garon.

While these two teams haven’t faced each other in a long time, they haven’t wasted time beating each other up. It’s been a very physical game so far, as the team have combined for 15 hits and five minor penalties (2 on Calgary, 3 on the Bolts). There haven’t been any fights yet, but if the game continues being this physical, it seems like only a matter of time before a few hits escalate into something more.

The Flames will open the second period with a power play, as Dominic Moore was called with a hooking penalty right as the second period was closing. The Lightning scored on their first power play opportunity, and they have managed to keep the Flames out of the net on two opportunities thus far.

For Bolts fans, this was a positive and encouraging start to the game. The Lighting controlled the majority of the first period, and they kept the Flames from getting many good scoring opportunities until late in the period. They also put considerably pressure on the Flames’ goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, and they are leading in overall shots by one (10-9).

To join in the conversation during the game, check out SB Nation’s blog on the Lightning, Raw Charge.

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Lightning To Face Calgary Flames, Hope To End Skid

The Tampa Bay Lightning face off against the Cargary Flames tonight at 7:30pm, as the Bolts look to get back on the right track.

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