10 October 2010
This photo off of the Lightning website is kinda making my life.
What a game to open the season with kids.
This was the second game for the Thrashers in a back-to-back with Mason playing both of them as he had to come in as a replacement last game when Pavelec passed out. The Lightning came out strong and started off the scoring off a puck that Brett Clark wrists towards the net that bounces off Downie who shovels the puck through the legs of Mason at 5:23
After a camera shot on the Thrashers bench I notice the Atlanta coach looking all festive in his fall colours. Off of a draw off the faceoff, Purcell wins the loose puck and drives to the front of the net. In his Lightning debut, Dominic Moore wrists the puck in and has the Lightning up 2-0.
So far the boys are looking solid.
Will the boys continue to look solid through the rest of the game?
We then come back from the intermission to Vinny Lecavalier scoring his first on the powerplay from a slapshot from the blueline. Is this a return on Lecavalier's form? We'll need a few more games to sort that question out, but so far so good.
Hedman shoots from the points and Stamkos then tips in his first of the season at 5:21.
It's 4-0 and you're thinking, nothing can go wrong now right?
But then midway through the second period, the Lightning start losing their shit. Downie and Thorburn both get unsportsmanlike minors, dumb stuff, but I guess we should be congratulating Downie for only getting two minutes. Later into the period, Hedman picks up his second penalty of the night giving the Thrashers a 5 on 3. With Ladd screening Smith, Tobias Enstrom capitalizes slapping a shot that goes off the goal post into the net, getting the Thrashers' first goal. We're still good here until Eager gets an unassisted goal.
Mike Smith doesn't even realize what's going on.
In the third period you have Eager coming down the left side, with the pass intended for Burmistov which goes over his stick, but Thorburn is there to tap it in. It's now 4-3. WTF
But all is not lost, we're stilling winning after all. In an innocent looking shot from the blue line from Randy Jones, the Lightning score with a tip in from Stamkos.
Lightning win the game 5-3. Stamkos has two goals and one assist. Stamkos would like you to start counting to 50. Obviously he was the first star of the night.