Lightning 4, Berlin Eisbaren 1
Defenseman Vladimir Mihalik scored his first NHL goal 10:26 into the second period help push Tampa Bay to a 4-1 victory Sunday over Berlin Eisbaren in front of an announced 11,800 at the O2 World Arena. Gary Roberts got the assist. Roberts also scored off a superb pass from Steven Stamkos to tie the score 1-1 2:08 into the period.
Jason Ward's third-period goal opened a two-goal lead for Tampa Bay (4-1). Goaltender Olaf Kolzig, who won a championship with Eisbaren, was solid in net and stopped Alex Weir's breakaway with 5:31 remaining in the second period.
The Lightning went on a four-minute penalty kill 9:14 into the third period after left wing Ryan Malone beat down Richie Regehr. Malone got two minutes for instigating, two for high-sticking, five for fighting and a 10-minute misconduct.
Eisbaren pulled its goalie and played six-on-four during the power play but did not score. The team could not get the goalie back on the ice in time to stop Ward's empty-net goal with 6:24 left.