In what is becoming a really alarming oddity, the Lightning lost last night 2-1 in a shootout, their 4th shootout loss this season. If you combine that with the fact that we had the most shootout losses last year, and an alarming trend starts to surface.
Besides being outshot by a hefty margin, 38 to 19, the Bolts played real solid hockey last night. We passed the puck and entered the zone well against a team that doesn’t allow teams to enter their own zone with ease.
Victor Hedman, although one of only 4 players with a – rating for the night, he was standing right next to Antero Nittymaki when Travis Zajac scored, is a real specimen on the ice. Between him and “50” Steven Stamkos, the future looks bright for the Lightning. Stammer scored his 10th goal which ties him for 2nd in the NHL with guys like Patrick Marleau, Marian Gaborik and Anze Kopitar. The moves that Stammer is adding to his arsenal, combined with the slowing down of the game in his own head (and yes, this is something that you can see from the stands) is making Stammer into one of the leagues premier players.
Antero Nittymaki was fantastic making 37 of 38 saves in regulation, and a few that he really had no business stopping. It was nice to pick up 1 point in a game that once you look at the stats, looks like we got crushed.
This video is from the last game vs the Sens, but if you hate Chris Neil, then please continue to read this site regularly, and if you like him, go away. We know every loves Zenon!
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