THE LIGHTNING INSIDER
Well, that was a weird one. You would usually expect to be in good shape when you score six goals at home, but last night’s tilt with the Flames was anything but usual. It certainly was an entertaining game for the fans, who saw the Lightning come back to tie the game on four separate occasions, only to see it get away from them at the end. Turnovers were the obvious problem for both teams, with goaltenders being left helpless at both ends of the ice.
There were statistical oddities as well, with defenseman Shane O’Brien coming out plus-4 after his team surrendered nine goals, while Paul Ranger and Filip Kuba had a forgettable night at minus-6. Andre Roy provided the Lightning with great energy the entire evening, scoring for the second consecutive game, drawing a crucial penalty late and spending some time on Vinny Lecavalier’s wing.
The injury news coming out of the game wasn’t good, with Michel Ouellet dislocating his left shoulder in the second period on a hit by Robin Regehr. The Lightning announced Ouellet will be sidelined 4-6 weeks, and center Blair Jones was recalled from Norfolk of the AHL.The Lightning held an optional practice today to allow some of the players to rest, with Lecavalier, Brad Richards and Chris Gratton among those who took the day off. They’ll be right back at it tomorrow night with the revitalized Washington Capitals visiting in an important Southeast Division clash.