Tampa Bay Lightning Finally Snap Skid Amid Vinny Rumors (Again)

December 6th, 2009 by JC De La Torre Leave a reply »
Mike Smith had perhaps his best game as goaltender of the Tampa Bay Lightning while the slumbering Bolts offense finally rumbled to life in Tampa Bay's 4-0 blanking of the New York Islanders.

The Bolts dominated as the rumor mill begins to churn once again with the rumor that seemingly never dies—Vincent Lecavalier to Montreal. More on that in a second.

First let's talk about Smith, who was Jekyll last night instead of Mr. Hyde. Smith stood on his head, making save after brilliant save against the Isles.

"Personally, I've been working really hard lately and I haven't been rewarded for it. I've played some good hockey, but pucks have gone in the net and ultimately we've been losing hockey games that we need to win," Smith said. "I think more importantly it's big for our team. We've been sliding a little bit right now in the standings and it's important to stay close to the pack at this time of year and not separate yourself too far."

"Mike Smith was excellent," coach Rick Tocchet said. "He made some really good saves out there. He was the difference maker for us."

Meanwhile, Victor Hedman got his first career NHL goa ...

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