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Tampa Bay Lightning three stars, Thompson's enjoying the noise

Three stars

Vinny Lecavalier: The Lightning center had two goals, including the winner just more than six minutes into overtime.

Dwayne Roloson: The goaltender was a key reason Tampa Bay was even in the game. He had 35 saves and helped the Lightning kill off six power plays in the first two periods.

Teddy Purcell: The Lightning right wing picked up a pair of assists, made a great steal to help set up Marty St. Louis' goal, and added the primary assist on Lecavalier's winner in overtime.

Cover up

Before reporters on Sunday were allowed into the Lightning locker room at the Verizon Center, towels were hung over the writing boards on the wall so no detail of Tampa Bay's game plan would be revealed.

"Actually," coach Guy Boucher said, "it's because my drawings are not pretty. I wouldn't want anybody to get a hold of that."

Number of the day

5.29 Average shots, entering Sunday, in the postseason for Capitals LW Alex Ovechkin since 2008, most in the league

Tickets

Games 3, 4 and 6 at the St. Pete Times Forum are technically sold out. Potentially unused team tickets might be released at various times, so periodically check with Ticketmaster.

The series Lightning leads 2-0

Game 1, Lightning 4, Capitals 2: The line of Downie-Bergenheim-Moore comes up big again.

Game 2, Lightning 3, Capitals 2 (OT): Vinny Lecavalier's winner is his second goal of the game as Tampa Bay shakes off Ovechkin's OT-forcing goal with 1:07 left in regulation.

Tuesday: at Tampa Bay, 6:30, Sun Sports

Wednesday: at Tampa Bay, 7, Sun Sports

Saturday: at Washington, 12:30, Ch. 8 *

May 9: at Tampa Bay, TBD, TBD *

May 11: at Washington, TBD, TBD *

* If necessary

Radio: Games 3 and 4 on 970-AM; rest TBD

Quote to note

"We battled hard last series (against the Penguins), but you have to put that series behind you. We have a harder battle coming up right now. We know it's going to be a war out there. You're going into a war zone every time you step on the ice."

Lightning D Brett Clark

Hear the noise

Lightning C Nate Thompson said noise generated by the crowds watching playoff games can provide energy, even when the cheers are in opposing rinks and for the other team.

"I think when you have that kind of crowd, no matter where you are, it's pretty invigorating playing in the playoffs and playing in front of those fans who are going crazy and shouting, no mater what team they're rooting for," Thompson said. "It's pretty fun."

There is a caution, however.

"The biggest thing is having fun with it and not get too caught up with it," he said. "If you get too caught up with it you might not play your game and you won't play the way you can."

Tampa Bay Lightning three stars, Thompson's enjoying the noise 05/01/11 [Last modified: Monday, May 2, 2011 5:45pm]

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