08 December 2010
This recap also posted on Raw Charge
The Lightning started their Western Canadian roadtrip with a 4-2 loss to the.
You could describe the first period as a rough period forin net. It wasn't all Ellis' fault in the first as the Lightning offense had trouble getting offensive zone possession and did little offensively. They also had some pretty weak line changes that ended up costing them a goal. So how did we end up losing to the last place team in the Western Conference?
For the first goal scored on Ellis, the Flames gained possession in the offensive zone by some good forechecking along the boards by Morrison. The puck then gets up the boards towho passes it to , who then fires a slap shot through a screen at 7:21 to open up the scoring.
Later in the period after the Lightning get caught in a line change, theout muscles for the puck, shoots the puck from the point which ends up bounces off of the boards behind Ellis. Bourque quickly tips it to who swats in the loose puck to make it 2-0.
The second period sees some line juggling withmoving up with St. Louis and Stamkos with being moved to play with and . The Lightning begin playing this period far better than they played in the first. But Dominic Moore overturns the puck to Backlund who brings the puck up ice with Glencross. Rene Borque is left open as the trailer and as he's passed the puck, he quickly let's a snap shot in to put the Flames up 3-0.
But all is not lost in the second period, as the Lightning finally start to get bounces going their way.gets his first NHL goal ever with an innocent looking wrist shot that slides under Kiprusoff to make it 3-1. Ryan Malone is a beast out there all period and finally get rewarded by wristing the puck top shelf bringing the Lightning to within one late in the period.
The third period starts off with a quick pace from both teams. takes an interference penalty early only 49 seconds into the game. The Lightning get shots on net but aren't able to capitalize. The Lightning have a great chance on a wraparound attempt by Nate Thompson and then on the rebound Martin St. Louis but Kipper is solid in net.
The Lightning almost get through killing off apenalty until takes a high sticking penalty against Ollie Jokinen and puts the Calgary Flames on a 5 on 3 powerplay. Iginla scores on the 5 on 3 making his best Stamkos impression with a quick shot past Ellis. It's 4-2.
Later in the period Hedman skates with St. Louis on a two man rush and gets great chance at a getting the game back to within one until Kipper completely robs him. The Lightning continues to put pressure but aren't able to make the goals happen even with the goalie pulled and six forwards out on the ice. The Lightning end up losing 4-2.
-Dan Ellis made 15 saves on 19 shots and had a save % of .789
-Miika Kiprusoff made 22 saves on 24 shots and had a save % of .917
Tonight's three stars: Rene Borque, Cory Sarich, Ryan Malone