Lightning Strikes, Beat The Panthers 5-2

By Ken Peacock

Bolts fans got to take a good look at the recently renovated St. Pete Times Forum and the New Look Lightning. While the arena still has a little bit of work to go, the Lightning looked sharp with their new uniforms and played sharp on the ice. This was the opening game in a home and home series against the Panthers. And it was an important game for those fighting for a coveted slot on the roster.

Tampa Bay took a commanding lead in the game getting a goal from Matias Ritola in the first, two goals from Ryan Shannon in the second, and Carter Ashton got one in the third. Florida finally answered back with goals from Skille and Repik. The slim chance for the Panthers to make a comeback was erased when Vinny Lecavalier wrapped up the scoring with a goal at 18:46 of the third. This was the first home game of the pre-season and the Bolts left the 13,410 fans happy and satisfied.

Tonight the team visits the Panthers to complete the weekend. Florida will be playing what could be their opening night roster. The Lightning are going to give goalie, Mathieu Garon, a shot at the entire game. Those players that are in contention for a spot such as Brett Connolly, Mattias Ritola, Cory Conacher, Dana Tyrell and Carter Ashton are going to get another chance to showcase their skills tonight. With major roster cut’s looming tomorrow this may be their final shot at the roster this pre-season.



I'm not the average hockey nut. It took a bit to grow, but when it did it was like a drug flowing in my veins. I am a season ticket holder of the Norfolk Admirals, longtime supporter of the Washington Capitals, and part time supporter of the Anaheim Ducks (It's hard, but it can be done). My blog is a result of the lack of good sources of Admirals information and happenings. Our paper provides very weak coverage and there is only so much the Admirals themselves can do. There are not to many blogs that cover the Admirals, and when they do it is just rehashed information from the club, the AHL. Nine times out of ten the blogger doesn't even live in the area or go to the games. So what do I want to do? Hmm...good question. I would use this as an outlet for getting out information about the Admirals. Not necessarily the information provided by official channels, but news and information from a fans point of view. Hopefully this is something I can accomplish. I am open to criticism, comments, contributions of infomation for the site. Thank You and Welcome......

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