Few Clouds 44° Good Morning
Few Clouds 44° Good Morning

The Defense Rests: Rangers 4, Lightning 0 after 1


              Goalie Mike Smith and the Tampa D were about as wobbly as a kid on his first training-wheels ride.  Vladimir Mihalik, without a stick, raced from the boards to retailiate on Jody Shelley from behind, allowing Brandon Prust to score on the first shot of the game. Marc Staal's shot from the left side eluded Smith on the far side at 3:34, just 25 seconds after Prust's tally. Vinny Prospal threw one in front off Mihalik's skate with 8:37 left, and oh my, Smith was not pulled.  The fourth goal came when Smith stopped Dubinsky's shot, but the reboiund bounced off Kurtis Foster's skate and over the line. Egad.   Wonder what the new owner thinks. Antero Niittymaki starts second period in goal for Lightning.

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