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November 22th, 2006: Game Twenty Two
Bank Atlantic Center Sunrise, Fl
TV: Fox Sports Florida.....NOT SUN SPORTS!!!
Radio: 620 WDAE
Season Series: 1-1-0-0
10-10-1 21 Points
4th in the Southeast
5th in the Southeast
Points: Vincent Lecavalier-25
Goals: Martin St. Louis-13
Assist: Vincent Lecavalier-15
+/-: Vincent Lecavalier +8
Penalty Minutes: Cory Sarich-25
Powerplay %- 16.4
Penalty Kill %- 73.5
Points: Olli Jokeinen-20
Goals: Olli Jokeinen-9
Assist: Olli Jokeinen-11
+/-: Nathan Horton- +4
Penalty Minutes: Steve Montador-37
Power play %- 21.3
Penalty Kill %- 81.7
Marc Denis- 5-7-1 :: 3.29 GAA :: .878 SV%
Johan Holmqvist 5-3-0 2.263 GAA :: .903 SV%
Alex Auld- 4-6-2 :: 3.23 GAA :: .896 SV%
Ed Belfour- 4-4-2 :: 2.80 GAA :: .903 SV%
This game is so far beyond key. This game could literally determine the season for Tampa.
If they come out and drop another game, not only will it be their third in a row, they'll lose to a rival team, and more importantly, a division team. It'll be a crushing loss, and I personally don't think they'll recover from it. If they come out flat tonight, and show nothing, then I think every Tampa fan needs to be calling out for the job of Torts.
Bottom line is, the only way a loss is acceptable tonight is if they simply get out played. If they come out with fire, and grit (LOL) and heart, then I can't be mad at them for losing, and they shouldn't be upset with themselves for losing, and no fan should be upset with them losing. At least they TRIED.
Johan Holmqvist will be back in net tonight with Marc Denis as the backup. Luke Richardson will be a healthy scratch while Tim Taylor is not quite ready to return.