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Lightning pay rare visit to Dallas

Saturday, 11.28.2009 / 7:30 PM

Peter Pupello - Lightning Beat Reporter

Lightning (10-6-7) at Dallas (11-7-7)

Last 10: Tampa Bay (5-2-3); Dallas (5-4-1)

Season Series: The two clubs meet for the first and only time tonight at the American Airlines Center. Last season, the Lightning rallied for three goals in the third period to beat the Stars 4-2 at the St. Pete Times Forum on Jan. 19. Steven Stamkos scored the game-tying goal and Vincent Lecavalier’s power-play tally proved to be decisive. Mike Smith made 23 saves.

STATS
23 GP 25
10 W 11
6 L 7
7 OT 7
27 P 29
0.587 P% 0.580
2.74 G/G 2.96
2.74 GA/G 2.76
19.8 PP% 19.5
77.9 PK% 78.4
27.7 S/G 31.7
31.5 SA/G 29.7
51.3 FO% 47.3

Broadcast Info

  • TV: CW44 - 8:30pm
    Viewers will be offered ticket specials during the game tonight.
  • Radio: WDAE 620

Game Notes

DATE VIS/HOME FINAL
Jan 19, 2009 DAL@TBL TBL, 4 - 2
The Big Story: Tampa Bay exploded for five goals against the Rangers in last night’s game and hope to repeat a performance that Martin St. Louis called “the best 60 minutes as a team in a long time” against Dallas, who comes in off of a 5-2 loss to Phoenix. Tampa Bay’s 5-1 victory last night set the team’s season-high record for largest margin of victory, while totaling five goals for the fourth time this season. Tonight's game completes the Lightning's third back-to-back set in 2009-10. The Bolts are 2-0-0 in the second half of back-to-back games this season.

Team Scope:

LIGHTNING – In addition to the potent scoring threat posed by Steven Stamkos, Ryan Malone, Martin St. Louis, and Vincent Lecavalier, several Lightning defensemen have been contributing offensively to the team's success in recent games. Beginning with the Nov. 22 game at Atlanta, Kurtis Foster started the trend by recording his first multi-point game of the season, tallying a goal and an assist. Andrej Meszaros followed on Nov. 25 against Toronto, scoring a goal, while Lukas Krajicek earned a +1 rating. In last night's game against the Rangers, Foster doubled his total from the Atlanta game by scoring two goals which tied a career high. Matt Walker also earned an assist in the contest, as did rookie Victor Hedman, while all three defensemen earned a +1 rating.

STARS – Dallas is seeking their first victory since Nov. 23, having lost their two previous games, one in regulation and the other in overtime. The Stars come in at mediocre at best, going 2-2-1 in their last five, recording five out of a possible 10 points. They have been outscored 16-13 over that span.

Who’s Hot: - Kurtis Foster has three goals and five points this season, all in his last four games.

- Steven Stamkos comes in with three consecutive multi-point efforts and Martin St. Louis has seven assists in his last three games and 10 points during a six-game point streak.

- Dallas’ Brendan Morrow has three points in as many games including two goals, and Tom Wandell has tallied two assists in the same number of contests.

Injury Report: LIGHTNING – Mattias Ohlund (lower body, day-to-day); STARS – Brian Sutherby (groin, placed on Injured Reserve).
Quotable: “I think this was the best 60-minute hockey game we played all season. That's what we have to do every game. If we play like that, we'll win a lot of games.” – Lightning goaltender Mike Smith, after Friday’s 5-1 rout of the New York Rangers.

2009-2010 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Nov 28 '09TBL 3 at DAL 4 - OTT. Wandell
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
S. Stamkos24171229+41272
M. St. Louis2452328-2430
R. Malone2415823+91644
V. Lecavalier2451621-31600
A. Tanguay2441216+11422
S. Downie24369+35020
J. Halpern24347-5800
V. Hedman23077+12200
M. Ohlund17066+22000
A. Meszaros24325-51410
K. Foster15325+41021
J. Wright24235+2600
D. Hale20044+31400
T. Fedoruk17213-5700
S. Veilleux24123-42000
P. Szczechura9202+2200
P. Ranger8112-2600
Z. Konopka24022+19300
M. Walker23022+73700
L. Krajicek15011+11900
D. Miller14000-3200
M. Lundin4000-2000
R. Craig3000+0500
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
A. Niittymaki126-2-3263802.19.932
M. Smith134-4-5413823.22.893
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
B. Richards2472532+3220
J. Neal22111122+32721
L. Eriksson2691221+61051
M. Ribeiro2681321-31230
B. Morrow2610818+03552
S. Robidas2671017+41851
J. Benn2641115-31211
T. Wandell264711+3803
M. Modano13358-1800
M. Niskanen24178-9601
F. Brunnstrom18167-2600
B. Sutherby17415+61500
S. Ott20235-74010
K. Skrastins26055-4600
T. Petersen24314+0400
T. Daley26123-21111
M. Fistric23123+41200
J. Lehtinen12112-5010
N. Grossmann24022+81200
K. Barch22022-14800
W. Peters2101+1000
J. Woywitka11011-2400
F. Wathier2000+0500
A. Gagnon1000+0000
P. Lindgren1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
M. Turco188-5-5445142.44.914
A. Auld94-2-2272553.18.894