With a 2-1 last night against the Atlanta Thrashers, the Lightning moved back into the 8th playoff spot with 57 points, tied with both the Rangers and Panthers in points, but holding the tie breaker for 8th place.
It was, get this, Antero Niitymaki’s 16th victory against the Thrashers. 16 victories are great, but how about coupling that with 0 losses. 16 and freaking 0!!! I love that stat.
Stephane Veilleux, who has been a healthy scratch a few times lately and Martin St Louis scored for the Lightning in the first period, and allowed Niity to take over from there.
In his last five contests, which he has been seeing the puck incredibly well in, he is 4-0-1. He has stopped 147 out of 152 shots during that stretch for a .967 save percentage and a 1.00 GAA. It’s hard to beat any teams when your keeper is playing up to that level, even harder to beat a team with a lot of skill like the Lightning.
“We’re in a playoff mode right now,” St. Louis said. “It was good to get the win in regulation. It was big because they didn’t get a point.”