Will it ever end? I’m becoming more and more doubtful that the Thrashers will ever beat the Lightning each day. Last night marked the tenth straight loss to Tampa. Same story, different game. Atlanta seems to do well for the first 1 1/2 – 2 periods, then their mind goes elsewhere for the rest of the game. These games last 60 minutes guys! I love the Thrashers and am a big fan, but I’m not afraid to call them out when needed. Let’s be honest…changes need to be made.
Well Tampa Bay has now extended their winning streak against the Thrashers to double digits. The Lightning tallied their 10th straight win against Atlanta last night in the shootout. Niclas Bergfors started the game off for the Thrashers with his 10th goal of the season, 5:26 into the first period. It seemed as if Atlanta was dominant, keeping the Lightning away from the net, but near the end of the first, back luck game around. NHL sensation Steven Stamkos tipped on in the air past Ondrej Pavelec to tie the game at one, earning his league leading 36th goal of the season. This guy is just impossible to stop. He’s the next Crosby in my opinion. Both teams would finish the first in a 1-1 tie.
The second period proved to be one of defensive strength. Atlanta’s lines seemed to be doing well, especially on the penalty kill(although some things still need to be worked out). Anthony Stewart, however, was able to get one past Roloson on a rebound from Antropov. The second period would end with the Thrashers leading, 2-1.
All Atlanta had to do now was keep the puck out of their zone and run the clock. Seems rather simple, right? Well, not when you’re playing this team. Stamkos, Lecavalier, and St. Louis are three players that are difficult to defend at once. Just take a guess as to who was able to tie the game up for Tampa….Did you guess Stamkos? Well then, you’d be correct. That would give this young man his 37th goal of the season and would send both teams into overtime.
Overtime was another great defensive showing by both teams, keeping each other out of the net for 5 minutes and eventually, carrying the game into a shootout. First up for Atlanta was Bryan Little, who barely sneaked one past Roloson. After that, it was all Tampa with Adam Hall & Dominic Moore giving the Lightning the win, extending their division lead over Atlanta to 7 points.