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Building Momentum Towards Halloween's Matinée Game

by Lightning Insider / Tampa Bay Lightning

Big congratulations are in order for the Lightning after last night’s 5-2 victory against the Ottawa Senators.  The first period was pretty even, despite the 1-0 score, but they came out in the second period and took over the game.  Senators coach Cory Clouston even said after the game that the second period, more specifically Ryan Malone’s wrap-around goal to make it 3-0, broke their backs.  Things are now even with the Sens heading into next week’s meeting between the teams in Ottawa.  I’m sure getting a little revenge after the last meeting didn’t hurt either.

Today the Lightning had a quick, high-tempo practice that focused on play down low as well as some break-outs.  The team’s confidence right now is apparent.  Even Rick Tocchet said today that guys are starting to “get it”.  He commented that one of the best defensive players the Lightning have had, Steven Stamkos, also has nine goals.  Tocchet also had high praise for defenseman David Hale, who also had a career-high two points last night and was the game’s third star.  Also being held in high regard was Steve Downie who continues to be a factor in each game drawing penalties and fore-checking.  Downie has been “channeling his energy the right way” according to Tocchet and he is still getting better every game.

Looking forward to tomorrow’s Halloween matinee, Antero Niittymaki will get the start in goal.  Nitty has been solid so far this season, posting a 2-1-0 record, .913 save percentage and a 2.70 goals-against average.  The rest of the line-up will remain the same as Thursday night’s game. 

Don’t forget kids under the age of 12 get in free with the purchase of an adult ticket.  There will be a number of kids activities going on, including trick-or-treating, costume contests, kids games and more.  Trick-or-treating starts at 1 p.m. on the West Plaza at the Times Forum. 

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