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game recap

Lightning Close Season in Atlanta

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Lonnie Herman - TBL.com correspondent

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Lightning Close Season in Atlanta
Tampa Bay Lightning 2, Atlanta Thrashers 6
Stamkos Collects 23rd Goal in Loss


The Tampa Bay Lightning closed the book on the 2008-2009 season with a loss to the Atlanta Thrashers at Philips Arena tonight, 6-2.

It wasn’t very pretty and, after the first period, it wasn’t very close, but both of these non-playoff teams managed to create some highlights. Chief among those was a third period goal by Steven Stamkos, who added to his franchise record for goals scored by a rookie when he beat Thrasher goalie Kari Lehtonen for goal number 23 on the season.

The first period was a wild one, with the referees handing out 44 minutes in penalties, 30 minutes of which were fighting majors. Zenon Konopka, Evengy Artyukhin and Matt Pettinger were the combatants for the Lightning.

Atlanta opened the scoring while Pettinger was in the penalty box for holding the stick. The power play goal by Colby Armstrong, his first of two goals on the night, came off a deflection in front of Tampa Bay netminder Mike McKenna at 7:10.

Later in period one, while the Lightning were skating with the man advantage, former Bolt Eric Perrin worked a shorthanded 2-on-1 and finished the play by beating McKenna to stretch the Thrasher lead to two goals.

But Tampa Bay, still skating on the same power play, got their first goal of the night just 47 seconds later, as Matt Pettinger collected his eighth goal of the season. Jeff Halpern and Kevin Quick assisted on the score and for Quick, the assist was his first-ever NHL point.

A close game fell apart for the Lightning near the middle of the second period when Thrasher forward Ilya Kovalchuk took a cross-ice pass to McKenna’s right and blitzed the puck over the goaltender’s glove. For Kovalchuk, the goal was number 43 on the season.

Ron Hainsey collected Atlanta’s next goal at 14:09 when his shot from the high slot got by McKenna. That goal, which made the score 4-1, ended McKenna’s work for the night as Lightning interim coach Rick Tocchet sent in Karri Ramo for mop-up duty. McKenna left after allowing four goals on 15 shots.

Ramo’s welcome to the game was a rude one, however, as Victor Kozlov’s shot hit Armstong in the back and deflected past Ramo and into the Lightning net at 16:32.

Stamkos’ goal early in the third period cut the Thrasher lead to 5-2, but Colin Stuart got the score back for Atlanta at 6:20 when he converted a cross-ice pass from Marty Reasoner to close out the scoring for the evening.

The Lightning finished with more shots on net than Atlanta, 35-26, including six shots by Stamkos to lead the team in that category.

Overall, Martin St. Louis took the team scoring crown with 80 points and 30 goals, one more goal than injured captain Vincent Lecavalier had for the year.

Tampa Bay finishes the season at 24-40-18 with 66 points.

So for the Lightning players, it’s time to scatter, unwind a bit, and get on with what will be a rigorous off-season conditioning program. It certainly isn’t what any of them hoped would be next on the agenda.

For the fans, however, as they used to say in Brooklyn: “Wait till next year.”



scoring summary
1st Period
07:10
ATL
PPG - Colby Armstrong (21) ASST: Zach Bogosian (10), Tobias Enstrom (27)
1 - 0 ATL
16:30
ATL
SHG - Eric Perrin (7) ASST: Marty Reasoner (15), Garnet Exelby (7)
2 - 0 ATL
17:17
TBL
PPG - Matt Pettinger (8) ASST: Jeff Halpern (9), Kevin Quick (1)
2 - 1 ATL
2nd Period
09:15
ATL
Ilya Kovalchuk (43) ASST: Todd White (51), Ron Hainsey (33)
3 - 1 ATL
14:09
ATL
PPG - Ron Hainsey (6) ASST: Rich Peverley (28)
4 - 1 ATL
16:32
ATL
Colby Armstrong (22) ASST: Vyacheslav Kozlov (50), Rich Peverley (29)
5 - 1 ATL
3rd Period
00:46
TBL
Steven Stamkos (23) ASST: NONE
5 - 2 ATL
06:20
ATL
Colin Stuart (5) ASST: Marty Reasoner (16)
6 - 2 ATL
penalty summary
1st Period
00:43
ATL
Colby Armstrong  Holding against  Steven Stamkos
03:44
TBL
Josef Melichar  Holding against  Bryan Little
05:30
TBL
Matt Pettinger  Holding the stick against  Zach Bogosian
07:32
TBL
Zenon Konopka  Fighting against  Eric Boulton
07:32
ATL
Eric Boulton  Fighting against  Zenon Konopka
07:56
TBL
Evgeny Artyukhin  Fighting against  Chris Thorburn
07:56
ATL
Chris Thorburn  Fighting against  Evgeny Artyukhin
10:24
TBL
Matt Pettinger  Fighting against  Zach Bogosian
10:24
ATL
Zach Bogosian  Fighting against  Matt Pettinger
11:14
TBL
Martin St. Louis  Interference - Goalkeeper against  Kari Lehtonen
16:02
ATL
Jim Slater  Interference - Goalkeeper against  Mike McKenna
17:41
ATL
Eric Boulton  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Josef Melichar
19:22
TBL
Steven Stamkos  Holding against  Eric Perrin
2nd Period
14:06
TBL
Vinny Prospal  Slashing against  Bryan Little
16:46
ATL
Nathan Oystrick  Interference against  Zenon Konopka
3rd Period
09:50
TBL
Zenon Konopka  Hi-sticking against  Eric Perrin
11:43
TBL
Matt Pettinger  Slashing against  Bryan Little
14:12
ATL
Eric Perrin  Interference - Goalkeeper against  Karri Ramo
goalie stats
Mike McKenna
SA: 15TOI: 34:09
Saves: 11EV: 8 - 9
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .733SH: 0 - 1
Karri Ramo
SA: 11TOI: 25:51
Saves: 9EV: 8 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .818SH: 0 - 0
Kari Lehtonen
Kari Lehtonen
19-22-3
SA: 35TOI: 59:15
Saves: 33EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 11
SV%: .943SH: 2 - 2