Sorry for not posting on the last two games until just now, but I was out of town for the weekend.
I did get a chance to watch both games, an OT win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday, and a shootout victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday night.
The game vs the Leafs was surprisingly exciting. The tone of the game got set in the first period with 40 minutes of penalties, including 2 fights, and one 10 minute misconduct. If you want to see as good of a hockey knockout punch there is, watch this haymaker by Mattie Walk.
Both teams put a goal on the board in the 2nd and 3rd periods, with goals by Steven Stamkos and Ryan Malone for the Bolts and Ian White and Matt Stajan for the Leafs.
The game then went into OT where the Bolts ended up with a PP after the Leafs had too many men on the ice. Martin St Louis proceeded to take a pass in the middle of the ice from Steven Stamkos and drilled a slapped into the top left corner past the unusually small “Monster” Jonas Gustavsson.
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On Saturday, the Bolts picked up 2 huge points vs the Atlanta Thrashers.
The first period saw 2 fairly quick goals by Nik Antropov for the Thrash and Steven Stamkos for the Lightning. Stammer buried his 27th goal of the season on a beautiful slapper from Kurtis Foster and Ryan Malone.
The next two periods saw a goaltending clinic by both Johan Hedberg and Antero Niitymaki, as Hedberg stopped 37 of 38 shots and Nitty stopped 25 of 26 shots.
Both teams survived stupid penalties by their players in OT to get to a shootout.
In the 4th round of the shootout Kurtis Foster appeared to have scored a goal, but after reviewing the shot, it was painfully evident that the puck bounced off of Fosters leg after the initial shot, negating the goal.
In round 5 though, Jeff Halpern buried a beauty past Johan Hedberg to give the Bolts the W.
The 2 points gave the Bolts 52 for the season, tied with the Thrashers for 12th place in the East and only 3 points behind the 6th place Flyers. There are 7 teams within 3 points of each other fighting for the final spots in the East. Should be a wild finish.