LIGHTNING FALL IN OPENING GAME OF TRAVERSE CITY TOURNAMENT
The Tampa Bay Lightning battled back from three one-goal deficits Friday night in their opening game of the Traverse City Prospect Tournament, but eventually fell to the New York Rangers, 6-4.
The teams traded goals through the first two periods as Radek Smolenak evened the score at one in the first period with an unassisted power play goal. A little more than seven minutes into the second Smolenak evened the score at two with his second of the game. After the Rangers took the lead again, Colton Yellowhorn responded for Tampa Bay with the Lightning's second power play goal of the game. Vladmir Mihalik and Mike Lundin, both of whom will attend the Lightning's training camp beginning Thursday in Brandon, assisted on the goal. After two periods the teams were knotted at two.
New York took control in the third period with three goals in the first seven and a half minutes of the final stanza. Rob Klinkhammer added a late goal for Tampa Bay but it was not enough to overcome the Rangers, who owned a 10-8 shot advantage in the third period. The Lightning were out shot 31-25 for the game.
Riku Helenius made 25 saves on 31 shots in his first appearance at the Traverse City camp. Smolenak finished the game with two goals and an assist.
The Lightning will face off against the hometown Detroit Red Wings in Traverse City Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.
1st (6:36) - Smolenak - unassisted
2nd (7:04) - Smolenak - unassisted
2nd (15:36) - Yellowhorn (Mihalik, Lundin)
3rd (18:28) - Klinkhammer (Smolenak, Fletcher)
Power Play- 2-6
Penalty Kill - 4-7
Tampa Bay - 25
NY Rangers - 31