OLYMPIC HOCKEY RECAP - DAY ONE: LIGHTNING STRIKES ON OPENING DAY OF MEN'S HOCKEY
FIVE LIGHTNING SKATERS RECORD POINTS AS PLAYERS TAKE TO THE ICE
It didn't take long for the Lightning players representing their countries at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy to make their presence felt. On the first day of Men's Ice Hockey competition (Wednesday, February 15th, 2006) Fredrik Modin, Martin St. Louis, Brad Richards, Vincent Lecavalier and Pavel Kubina all recorded points for their teams while John Grahame made 22 stops in his first Olympic appearance.
Canadian stars St. Louis and Richards each scored their first Olympic goals and added an assist in Canada's 7-2 win against Italy. They also recorded three shots on goal each. Lecavalier dished out two assists, including one on St. Louis' goal. Lecavalier finished the game tied for the team lead in shots on goal with four.
Modin made his imprint on the score sheet in Sweden's 7-2 win against Kazakhstan with an assist on his team's fifth goal of the game scored by Toronto's Mats Sundin. The Sundsvall, Sweden native also had two shots on goal. Modin and Sundin are former teammates with the Maple Leafs.
In the day's fourth game Pavel Kubina contributed an assist in Czech Republic's 4-1 victory against Germany. The Lightning's Vaclav Prospal recorded three shots for the Czechs but was held scoreless in the victory.
Grahame faced 25 shots as the United States tied Latvia in the day's finale. Former NHL goaltender Arturs Irbe led the way for Latvia as he made 39 saves on 42 shots.
Games resume today at 6 a.m. with key match-ups including Sweden vs. Russia, Canada vs. Germany and the United States vs. Kazakhstan.