NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, October 22nd
(All times eastern)
Tampa Bay Lightning (4-1-1) at Atlanta Thrashers (3-3-0), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Replay worked against the Lightning on Thursday night in a
close setback. The breaks usually go the other way when they face the
Tampa Bay seeks to extend a six-game series winning streak over Atlanta this
evening when the two clubs clash at Philips Arena.
The Lightning fell for the second time in three games (1-1-1) last night
thanks to a 3-2 overtime defeat to the Islanders. New York's Matt Moulson
smacked a puck into the air towards the net less than two minutes into the
extra frame, but Tampa netminder Dan Ellis appeared to swipe it out at the
Action continued for a short while, but the play was eventually reviewed and
the goal was deemed good after an approximate 10-minute delay.
"I don't know how they saw it cleanly," Ellis said of the review. "You take
that long, you would think that usually it would go the other direction.
Obviously they saw something that we haven't yet, and you gotta move on."
Former Islander Sean Bergenheim and Martin St. Louis both scored in the
setback, while Ellis made 22 saves in his third start of the season.
Ellis is 2-1-0 with a 1.84 goals-against average in his career versus the
Thrashers, but the Lightning could opt to go back to Mike Smith in net
tonight. Smith is 4-4-0 with 2.88 GAA in his career versus Atlanta and he
stopped 27 of the 30 shots he faced when beating Atlanta on Oct. 9.
That 5-3 victory was Tampa's sixth in a row over the Thrashers. Steven Stamkos
scored twice and had an assist, giving him nine goals and 17 points in 13
career games when facing Atlanta. Vincent Lecavalier, who returned last night
after missing one game due to an injured right finger, also scored to give him
27 goals and 60 points in 61 games in this series.
While the Lightning haven't lost to the Thrashers since Oct. 3 of last year,
their two-game winning streak at Philips Arena comes after the club dropped
eight of nine in Atlanta.
Atlanta's Chris Mason was tagged for all five goals on 36 shots faced as he
fell to 1-3-0 with a 4.31 GAA lifetime versus the Lightning. He made 38 saves
in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to Buffalo.
Tobias Enstrom, who scored the lone goal versus the Lightning, also had the
Thrashers' only goal on Wednesday as the club had a two-game winning streak
"You get down early, especially to a team like that. You just can't continue
to do that and expect to win hockey games," Mason said.
Enstrom is set to break Slava Kozlov's franchise record for consecutive games
played tonight. The defenseman matched the mark last night by skating in his
252nd contest in a row and hasn't missed a game in three-plus seasons since
making his NHL debut on Oct. 5, 2007.
Fellow blueliner Zach Bogosian missed his third straight game with a shoulder
injury and remains day-to-day.
10/22 10:56:08 ET