THE LIGHTNING INSIDER
Last night's 3-0 win in Pittsburgh certainly was a satisfying one for the Lightning, who are now the owners of a three-game road winning streak. Congrats to Andre Roy for his first career three-point game (1 goal, 2 assists) against the team that gave up on him last season. Congrats as well to Kyle Wanvig for his first Lightning goal off a sweet first-period feed from Roy, and Johan Holmqvist for his second NHL shutout.
Both teams hustled out of Pittsburgh after the game, with the Lightning in Ottawa tonight and the Pens in Montreal. It made for a strange situation at the private airport terminal, as players and staff from both teams found themselves mixed together in the same small room doing security checks before walking out to the planes, parked side by side. Not much small talk.
Because of the team's 1:30 a.m. arrival at the hotel in Ottawa, the Lightning didn't go to Scotiabank Place this morning, opting for a meeting at the hotel. Roy's scoring outburst was the hot topic for the media after the meeting, with John Tortorella praising him as well as the other role players. Tortorella’s main point about tonight’s game is that the Lightning need to play smart and simple, and avoid going side to side instead of up and down the ice.
According to local TV reports this morning Daniel Alfredsson is out for the Sens tonight, with Dany Heatley already sidelined. The Lightning lineup will likely stay the same, though it's not known if Karri Ramo or Johan Holmqvist will get the start. Ramo would have been the safe bet, but last night’s performance may have earned Holmqvist another start.