First period notes

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The Lightning trails the Devils 1-0 after the first period in Game 6 after a high-energy first 20 minutes...

**Tampa Bay is outshooting the Devils 11-9, but as Eric Perrin said in a radio interview at intermission, they need to shoot quicker to get quality chances on Brodeur. Perrin mentioned how well the Devils position their sticks and block shots (Devils defenseman Richard Matvichuk blocked 18 in the previous three games).

**Tortorella has said he doesn't determine playing time - players do, by their performance. And it looks like Andreas Karlsson is one beneficiary, playing 5:57 in the first period (that's more than he played the entire Game 1, when he logged 5:37). More importantly for Karlsson, he's lined with Brad Richards and Jason Ward, who both put together some solid shifts so far....

Karlsson backed up the talk with one of the Lightning's first scoring chances, a shot that Brodeur steered aside.....

Richards played 10:18 of the first 20 minutes. With Martin St. Louis and Lecavalier in the penalty box to open the second period, don't expect that to change...

**Holmqvist has been solid in some cases, and ordinary in others. The Devils goal - a power play tally from Brian Gionta - was top-shelf, gloveside - the same exact kind of shot that Gionta scored in Game 5. This time, Holmqvist didn't get a piece of it though.

But Holmqvist held his ground and made a huge save late in the first on Patrick Elias, who received a pass from a streaking Scott Gomez as he crashed the crease.

-- JOE SMITH

[Last modified: Sunday, August 16, 2009 4:37pm]

    

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