March 8, 2012 2:20 pm

Lewis gets rewarded for effort

It’s been an up-and-down season for Trevor Lewis. Under Terry Murray, Lewis regularly played in the range of 9 to 11 minutes, and toward the end, less than that. Lewis came under some public criticism from Murray, who wanted Lewis to play a “heavier’’ game in a fourth-line role, and Lewis was a healthy scratch in eight of the last nine games before Murray got fired. Under Darryl Sutter, though, Lewis is averaging roughly 13 to 16 minutes per game, and has settled into a third-line role alongside Dustin Penner and Jarret Stoll. Lewis scored the game-winning goal Tuesday in Nashville, and broke a streak of 15 consecutive games without recording a point.

SUTTER: “Good to see him score. Good to see him with a smile on his face. It was funny, because the game before in Nashville, he got the penalty where he went to the net, the goalie interference. Then he did it again (Tuesday) night. We were trying to keep Rinne deep in his net, because of the way he manages rebounds. In the 2-1 loss, it was one of our better chances and they called a penalty on it. Then, last night, they called one early on and he scored. So it was good to see.’’

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