After a promising pre-season and a renewed confidence, the Tampa Bay Lightning opened the season with a disappointing 6-3 loss to Southeast Division rival Atlanta. While Mike Smith's goaltending did seem a bit suspect, the game wasn't as ugly as the score indicated. It seemed the hockey gods wanted to make the Lightning wait at least one more game before their turnaround can begin. Bounces, penalties, and dumb luck seemed to turn into Thrasher goals and did they ever score many. Illya Kovalchuck scored twice, while Atlanta rookie Evander Kane earned his first point of his NHL career, assisting on a second-period goal. Tampa Bay found themselves down 4-0 late in the second period. Unlike the previous two years where the Lightning would have just given up, Tampa Bay came roaring back. Two go ...
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