The Tampa Bay Lightning notched their first victory of the 2009-10 campaign, beating their nemesis, Carolina, 5-2. Going into the game, the Hurricanes had won eight straight meetings with the Lightning, but it wasn't going to happen this night. While Ryan Malone and his hat trick will get all the press, it's really the Lightning's defense that was the difference and has been the difference all of this young season. For those of you not paying attention, despite Tampa Bay's 1-1-2 record, this is a vastly improved hockey team. One of the main reasons for that is the addition of Mattias Ohlund. Ohlund's physical play has been a force on the Lightning's top defensive pair, enabling the offense to take chances and generate rushes down the ice. Ohlund has taken the leadership role along the blue ...
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