Power Play: Niittymaki the answer

Updated: November 16, 2009, 5:18 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

Simplifying his game

A year ago, only the Atlanta Thrashers gave up more goals than the Tampa Bay Lightning's 279 (the Thrash gave up 280). And there were many who believed that if a corner was going to be turned in Tampa, it would be turned with Mike Smith between the pipes. Well, the Lightning have managed to collect points in nine of their past 10 games and have given up more than three goals just once over that period of time to haul themselves back into the playoff fray in the Eastern ...

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