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Lightning Get Off on the Right Foot

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Peter Pupello - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Lightning Get Off on the Right Foot
Tampa Bay Lightning 4, Dallas Stars 2

Dan Ellis stopped 17 of 19 shots to lead Tampa Bay to their first preseason victory

In the days during Training Camp leading up to the 2010 preseason opener, Lightning Head Coach Guy Boucher repeatedly stated that he wanted to see a relentless effort from his team.

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Tampa Bay granted the coach’s wish, outshining the Stars by exploding for four goals in a 4-2 win that earned Boucher his first NHL victory, albeit in preseason.

“Guy brings a lot of energy to the game. He’s always upbeat and it’s exciting for everyone,” Lightning center James Wright said. “With the changes that have gone on here, I think it’s going to be a good year for all of us.”

Adam Hall scored twice for Tampa Bay, which earned at least a point in its preseason opener for the sixth consecutive year. Dominic Moore and Mattias Ohlund also added goals for the Lightning.

“Everyone was going all out tonight and crashing the net,” Hall said. “From top to bottom, everyone did a great job and it was a lot of fun to see all the guys enjoy some success. This new system is a lot of fun to play in.”

Net minder Dan Ellis, making his Lightning debut, stopped 17 of 19 shots, while giving up a pair of goals to Aaron Gagnon and Philip Larsen.

Tampa Bay struck first when Hall opened scoring at 4:44 of the opening period after putting in a rebound off an initial shot by Dana Tyrell.

Moore doubled the lead just seven and a half minutes into the middle frame, cleaning up after teammate Ryan Malone in front of the net and wristing one past Raycroft for a two-goal advantage.

Raycroft yielded goaltending duties to backup Brent Krahn midway through the second period after making 16 saves on 18 total shots. Tampa Bay wasted little time in testing the new net minder, as Tyrell nearly made it 3-0 after skating along the right boards, but his wrist shot deflected off of the bottom of the crossbar to keep the Lightning lead at two.

Gagnon cut the deficit in half early in the third period after lifting a backhand over the stick of Ellis. Hall tallied his second of the night just 2:20 later to regain the two-goal lead, but Larsen found the back of the net at 7:17 to make it 3-2.

“We expected it was going to be a hard fought game. Both teams were just feeling each other out,” Wright added.
Ohlund beat Krahn at 10:55 to put Tampa Bay back up by a pair, ending a year-long goal-scoring drought after failing to find the back of the net last season for the first time in his long-tenured NHL career. The tally marked the defenseman’s first goal as a member of the Lightning.

“There were a lot of positive things,” Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman said. “They obviously competed very hard, and it showed. The players are really making a conscientious effort to apply what they’ve been working on at training camp.”

 
Game Comments

scoring summary
1st Period
04:44
TBL
Adam Hall (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Dana Tyrell (1), Nate Thompson (1)
1 - 0 TBL
2nd Period
06:31
TBL
Dominic Moore (1) Tip-in - ASST: Ryan Malone (1), Scott Jackson (1)
2 - 0 TBL
3rd Period
01:19
DAL
Aaron Gagnon (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Tomas Vincour (1), Brian Sutherby (1)
2 - 1 TBL
03:39
TBL
Adam Hall (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Dana Tyrell (2), Scott Jackson (2)
3 - 1 TBL
07:17
DAL
Philip Larsen (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Tomas Vincour (2), Aaron Gagnon (1)
3 - 2 TBL
10:55
TBL
Mattias Ohlund (1) Slapshot - ASST: Teddy Purcell (1), Johan Harju (1)
4 - 2 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
01:30
TBL
Matt Smaby  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Brian Sutherby
01:30
DAL
Brian Sutherby  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Matt Smaby
04:50
DAL
Francis Wathier  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Adam Hall
04:50
TBL
Adam Hall  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Francis Wathier
05:22
DAL
Trevor Daley  Hooking  - 2 min against  Nate Thompson
05:48
TBL
Ryan Malone  Interference on goalkeeper  - 2 min against  Andrew Raycroft
06:12
TBL
Steve Downie  Hooking  - 2 min against  Toby Petersen
09:40
DAL
Mark Fistric  Interference  - 2 min against  Nicklas Persson
15:00
TBL
James Wright  Hooking  - 2 min against  Brenden Morrow
19:46
TBL
Marc-Antoine Pouliot  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Mathieu Tousignant
19:46
DAL
Mathieu Tousignant  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Marc-Antoine Pouliot
2nd Period
06:52
DAL
Francis Wathier  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Scott Jackson
06:52
TBL
Scott Jackson  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Francis Wathier
06:52
DAL
Francis Wathier served by Mathieu Tousignant  Elbowing  - 2 min against  Scott Jackson
13:37
TBL
Steve Downie  Slashing  - 2 min against  Toby Petersen
14:27
DAL
Brenden Morrow  Slashing  - 2 min against  Adam Hall
16:15
DAL
Trevor Daley  Cross checking  - 2 min against  Teddy Purcell
3rd Period
18:29
TBL
Steve Downie  Tripping  - 2 min against  Tomas Vincour
goalie stats
Dan Ellis
SA: 19TOI: 60:00
GA: 2SV%: .895
Andrew Raycroft
Andrew Raycroft
SA: 18TOI: 30:42
GA: 2SV%: .889
Brent Krahn
Brent Krahn
SA: 13TOI: 27:47
GA: 2SV%: .846