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Thursday, 01.19.2012 / 10:51 AM

Peter Pupello - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Game Notes

  • Lightning (18-23-4, 40 Points) at Stars (24-19-2, 50 Points)
  • Last 10: Tampa Bay (3-6-1); Dallas (4-5-1)
  • Steven Stamkos is riding a five-game point streak with three goals and as many assists in that span
  • Vincent Lecavalier has recorded a multi-point game in four of his past five games
  • Ryan Malone has appeared on the score sheet in six of his past nine games, collecting 3 goals and 10 points in that span
  • Martin St. Louis has a goal and 14 assists over his past 13 games
  • Dwayne Roloson made his NHL debut with the Calgary Flames at Dallas on November 13, 1996
  • The Lightning (2004) and Stars (1999) are the two most-southern teams to ever win the Stanley Cup
  • Brett Clark and Dallas’ Stephane Robidas were teammates with the AHL’s Fredericton Canadiens in 1997-98 and 1998-99
  • Steven Stamkos reached 150 career goals on Tuesday versus Boston in his 288th career game, which ties him with Ilya Kovalchuk for third place among active players as the quickest to reach 150 goals. Alexander Ovechkin (230 games) and Teemu Selanne (235 games) reached 150 goals the quickest among active players
  • Steven Stamkos and Vincent Lecavalier have combined for 49 goals this season, which is the most among any teammate combination in the league this season
  • Vincent Lecavalier has seven goals and seven assists over his last 11 games

SEASON SERIES:

The cross-conference rivals meet for the first and only time this season. Last year the Lightning took the only matchup between the clubs by earning a 5-4 victory at home behind two power-play goals from Dominic Moore.

THE BIG STORY:

Tampa Bay can breathe a little easier now that it has its first win of the New Year under its belt. On Tuesday, the Bolts knocked off the defending Stanley Cup champion Bruins to snap a season-high seven-game losing streak and add one to the win column after opening the month of January with a record of 0-6-1. They’ll look to make it two in a row on Friday at the American Airlines Center, while Dallas seeks to avoid losing its fourth straight game and third in a row at home.

TEAM SCOPE:

LIGHTNING – Tampa Bay kicks off the first game of a back-to-back set on Friday against the Stars before concluding the swing the very next night in Phoenix. After enduring seven consecutive losses, the Lightning finally collected their first win of 2012 and it couldn’t have come against a more appropriate opponent. Eight months after the defending Stanley Cup champion Bruins ousted the Bolts from the playoffs in a decisive Eastern Conference Final Game 7 showdown, the Lightning returned the favor on Tuesday with a 5-3 win over Boston. Dominic Moore snapped a 3-3 tie with 3:45 left in the third as the Bolts handed the Bruins their second loss in three games. Vincent Lecavalier, Tom Pyatt and Ryan Malone also scored for Tampa Bay, which held four one-goal leads throughout the contest before pulling away thanks to Steven Stamkos’ league-leading 31st goal of the season into an empty net with 21 seconds to go in regulation.

STARS – Dallas wraps up a two-game home stand against the Lightning Friday before hitting the road immediately following the game to take on Minnesota the very next night to conclude the second half of a back-to-back set. Before traveling to the Twin Cities, however, the Stars will attempt to leave home with a win after falling 3-2 in a shootout to the Red Wings on Tuesday night. Brenden Morrow helped erase a one-goal deficit while on the power play to tie things at one in the first period before Loui Eriksson gave Dallas a 2-1 lead. It didn’t last long, as Detroit’s Jiri Hudler evened the scored at two apiece just over a minute into the second period, then notched the game-deciding goal in the shootout to lift Detroit to victory. The defeat was Dallas’ third in a row by a single goal.

WHO'S HOT:

Lightning forward Steven Stamkos is riding a five-game point streak with three goals and as many assists in that span, while captain Vincent Lecavalier has recorded a multi-point game in three straight and in four of the past five. Dallas’ Michael Ryder has three points in his past five games, while Eric Nystrom has points in two of his past four outings.

INJURY REPORT:

LIGHTNING – Mattias Ohlund (knee, placed on Injured Reserve), Victor Hedman (concussion, out indefinitely, placed on Injured Reserve), Adam Hall (upper body, out 8 weeks, placed on Injured Reserve), Ryan Shannon (lower body, out 2-4 weeks, placed on Injured Reserve), Dana Tyrell (lower body, day-to-day), Marc-Andre Bergeron (upper body, day-to-day) and JT Wyman (upper body, day-to-day).

STARS – Jamie Benn (appendectomy), Philip Larsen (head), Mike Ribeiro (knee) and Tomas Vincour (knee).

NOTABLE QUOTABLE:

“When the puck dropped, we had emotion. I find that at the beginning of periods or at the end of periods, we get scared and get off and lose confidence. I don’t even care about the score. I wanted to fight. When the puck drops, we’re going to fight.” – Lightning head coach Guy Boucher, on what led to a 5-3 win over the Bruins and what he expects again Friday night against the Stars

2011-2012 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Jan 20 '12TBL 2 at DAL 1T. Purcell
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
S. Stamkos46312051+24065
M. St. Louis41102939-11410
V. Lecavalier46181937+04445
R. Malone40101727-33731
T. Purcell45111526+11631
M. Bergeron4242024+82010
S. Downie4371219-1811120
D. Moore4641216-84601
M. Gilroy4011314+21000
E. Brewer4611112-83100
P. Kubina423710-25301
N. Thompson40448-101900
B. Connolly35448+01612
B. Clark46268-141400
T. Pyatt40527-5401
B. Gervais25347+1600
R. Shannon25257-7800
V. Hedman32246-122800
D. Tyrell25055-5600
B. Jones22224-31000
A. Hall37123-11300
J. Wyman6123+3000
B. Mikkelson6000+2000
P. Labrie5000+01000
M. Ritola5000-2600
T. Smith2000+1000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
M. Garon3213-13-2798012.95.901
D. Roloson236-10-2726013.68.880
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
L. Eriksson46172542+12641
J. Benn43132942+104524
M. Ryder46171532+82424
M. Ribeiro40102131+23013
B. Morrow4081422+57441
S. Ott4071320+09222
R. Dvorak4631619-10800
S. Souray4041317+85121
E. Nystrom4113316-31401
V. Fiddler4661016-82401
T. Daley4341216+71612
A. Goligoski355914-5820
A. Burish304812-14401
S. Robidas4021012-82210
T. Wandell413811-21400
N. Grossmann43055+62600
T. Petersen30224-4400
J. Dowell33123-33600
T. Vincour16123-3200
P. Larsen19022+7200
A. Pardy22011-8800
J. Benn2011+0000
M. Fistric35000-12900
K. Barch10000-22300
F. Wathier1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
K. Lehtonen2816-10-1678282.45.919
R. Bachman116-2-1253082.48.919
A. Raycroft102-8-0313033.52.898