Mar 29; Newark, NJ, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ryan Malone (12) laughs during the first period against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

Lightning Strikes Down Jets Playoff Hopes

The Lightning mathematically eliminated the Winnipeg Jets from the playoffs last night. So many were hoping to have the franchise’s first season reborn with a Stanley Cup victory, or at least a playoff run, but the Bolts beat them in a 3-2 overtime victory last night made possible by Steven Stamkos’ 56th goal of the season, a record setting 5th overtime winning goal.

Last night was one of the most entertaining games of the year in my opinion. First we had our newly acquired goal tender Sebastien Caron in his first home start. He had some wonderful saves, and the rest of the team stepped up to defend him and the net, which has been a problem all year. You couldn’t tell that this was his first NHL start since 2006.
JT Brown made not only his NHL debut, but his professional debut. Right out of college, The Lightning grabbed him up and put him on display like a shiny new gem. He didn’t disappoint, either. With notable ice time, he really impressed coaches and fans alike with his speed and puck handling skills. Though an assist looked hopeful a couple of times, his debut went with out a point. However he proved himself to be an asset to the future of the team, with just one game, I was extremely impressed. I can’t wait to see him take the ice tomorrow night against The Washington Capitals. From school to pro overnight, I can not wait to watch this Cinderella story unfold.
Tensions were high and the fights were entertaining. Any time they have to hold up the game for a few minutes to sort all of the gloves and sticks as to what goes to who, that’s a good fight! Ryan Malone held his own ground, however, Victor Hedman appeared that he could take a few lessons from Bugsy, the veteran fighter. Throughout the third period I wasn’t sure if I was watching football or hockey with the pile ups that were happening in front of the Lightning net.
Steven Stamkos set a new NHL record for overtime wins with his 5th, his 56th goal of the season. Admittedly playing hurt, that boy is a true warrior and a leader.
It was also nice to see team captain Vinny Lecavalier take home ice for the first time in a while as he was recovering from a displaced hand fracture.

Here is a quick recap:

Scoring Summary

1st Period
15:37 TBL Ryan Malone (19) Wrist Shot – Assists: none
2nd Period
06:20 WPG Antti Miettinen (5) Wrist Shot – Assists: E. Kane (26) & M. Stuart (11)
09:28 WPG Kyle Wellwood (18) Wrist Shot – Assists: D. Byfuglien (37) & T. Stapleton (16)
3rd Period
07:25 TBL PPG – Ryan Malone (20) Wrist Shot – Assists: T. Purcell (41) & V. Hedman (16)
OT Period
00:45 TBL Steven Stamkos (56) Slap Shot – Assists: B. Lee (12)

Penalty Summary
1st Period
06:35 WPG Grant Clitsome : Hooking  - 2  min
12:22 TBL JT Wyman : Holding  - 2  min
16:35 TBL Tim Wallace : Roughing  - 2  min
16:50 WPG Tobias Enstrom : Hooking  - 2  min
2nd Period
02:07 WPG Evander Kane : Elbowing  - 2  min
12:21 WPG Ron Hainsey : Cross checking  - 2  min
3rd Period
00:44 TBL Ryan Malone : Fighting (maj)  - 5  min
00:44 WPG Ron Hainsey : Fighting (maj)  - 5  min
02:47 WPG Dustin Byfuglien : Hooking  - 2  min
04:36 WPG Jim Slater : Hi-sticking  - 2  min
06:19 WPG Bryan Little : Hooking  - 2  min
08:05 TBL JT Wyman : Hi-sticking  - 2  min
08:29 TBL Victor Hedman : Fighting (maj)  - 5  min
08:29 WPG Andrew Ladd : Fighting (maj)  - 5  min
08:29 TBL Eric Brewer : Slashing  - 2  min
08:29 WPG Blake Wheeler : Slashing  - 2  min
08:29 WPG Andrew Ladd served by Tim Stapleton : Roughing  - 2  min
08:29 TBL Victor Hedman : Misconduct (10 min)  - 0  min
08:29 WPG Andrew Ladd : Misconduct (10 min)  - 0  min
OT Period
none

Shots on Goal
1st 2nd 3rd OT T
 WPG 12 9 7 0 28
 TBL 7 10 21 1 39

Saves
Goalies EV PP SH Total Sv% TOI
 WPG 31   O. Pavelec (L) 29 – 31 7 – 8 0 – 0 36 – 39 0.923 60:45
 TBL 35   S. Caron (W) 23 – 25 2 – 2 1 – 1 26 – 28 0.929 60:45
Stats courtesy of Lightning.NHL.com

Dolly Dolce Reynolds

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