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Lightning Round: Bolts drop exhibition in Carolina

The rookies played alright

NHL: APR 19 Hurricanes at Lightning Photo by Andrew Bershaw/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

With a prospect-heavy line-up the Tampa Bay Lightning started their 2021-22 preseason campaign against the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, North Carolina. A couple of first period power play goals by Carolina proved to be the difference as the Canes emerged with a 3-1 victory. Alex Barré-Boulet scored the lone goal for the Bolts with assists from Boris Katchouk and Simon Ryfors. Maxime Legace, who will likely be the starter in net for Syracuse, made 29 saves for the Lightning. Jespari Kotkaniemi, subject of a little drama this summer, had a goal and an assist for Carolina.

It was the Lightning’s first preseason game in exactly two years (they were doing something else last September 28th) and it’s the fourth loss in their last five exhibition games. Needless to say, there is no reason for panic in the locker room because they lost to the Hurricanes. It was a game for the young players to get used to a NHL environment and for the coaches to see how they perform against skaters in different colored uniforms.

It’s good to see Katchouk and Ryfors get on the scoreboard as they are both fighting for a spot on the team. Charlie Hudon led the team with five shots while Mikhail Sergachev, one of the few veterans on the team, led them in ice time with 23:14. Daniel Walcott was out there doing Wally19 things as he led the team in hits with six.

Today will be a practice day before they host Nashville on Thursday at 7:00 PM in their first home exhibition game of the year. Expect a few more veterans to be sprinkled into the line-up for that one.

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Five things from the game. [Tampa Bay Times]

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