Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay Sharp In Victory
BERLIN - Olie Kolzig stopped 34 shots, leading the Lightning to a 4-1 preseason victory against his old team, Eisbaren Berlin, in front of 11,200 fans at the new O2 Arena. Gary Roberts, Vladimir Mihalik, Jason Ward and Chris Gratton scored for Tampa Bay, which improved to 4-1 in the preseason with one more game to play before the regular season opens Saturday in Prague, Czech Republic, against the New York Rangers. Kolzig helped Eisbaren to a league championship during the 2004-05 NHL lockout. Eisbaren opened the scoring with 3:23 left in the opening period when former NHL player Denis Pederson scored. Roberts scored his first of the preseason 2:07 into the second on a feed from Steven Stamkos. Mihalik gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead 10:26 into the second on a feed from Gratton, while Ward built a two-goal lead for Tampa Bay 6:47 into the third on a deflection from a Jussi Jokinen shot. Gratton would score an empty-net goal with 6:24 left in the third as Eisbaren pulled its goalie to create a 6-on-4 power play.Eisbaren gained a four-minute power play when Ryan Malone received a cross-checking and instigator penalty for a fight with Richie Regehr, who knocked Stamkos to the ice during a scramble in the corner. The game also featured the preseason debut of Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier, who hopes to be ready for the season opener after recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. Lecavalier did not record a point playing on a line with Vinny Prospal and Marty St. Louis, but the team captain came through the game with no problems. Tampa Bay concludes the preseason Tuesday at 1 p.m. EST in Bratislava, Slovakia, against HC Slovan.
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