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Roy, Tarnasky provide spark



Here is something I believe you will like about this season's Lightning team, and it was on display in Monday's 4-3 victory over the Red Wings. Andre Roy and Nick Tarnasky fought 14 seconds apart and their teammates said that was a big part in the momentum of the game shifting.

With Detroit leading 2-1 at 6:02, Roy fought Aaron Downey. Tarnasky fought Neil Clark. The Lightning then scored the last three of their four unanswered goals. The first by the way was scored by Roy who played a dynamite game.

"We're not looking to brawl,'' coach John Tortorella said. "But we're looking to change tempo.''

The Lightning are in much better shape than they have been in a while when it comes to muscle. Roy, Tarnasky, Shane O'Brien and Chris Gratton can fight. Tarnasky even kind of called Roy his mentor. "I can learn from a  guy like that,'' he said. "I really thing things like that help the team.''

Karri Ramo was good and bad. Looked shaky on a couple of goals. But made some key stops at key times. Best sequence in the second period. Stopped Jiri Hudler with a nice save to preserve 3-2 lead. Marty St. Louis then scores his second power-play goal of the night, and Ramo stones Johan Ryno to make that goal stand up.

Now that all the goalies have one game, Torts said the situation still is muddled and will wait through the final two games to make his decision.


[Last modified: Sunday, August 16, 2009 4:38pm]


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