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:
|15:37||TBL||Ryan Malone (19) Wrist Shot – Assists: none|
|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)|
|07:25||TBL||PPG – Ryan Malone (20) Wrist Shot – Assists: T. Purcell (41) & V. Hedman (16)|
|00:45||TBL||Steven Stamkos (56) Slap Shot – Assists: B. Lee (12)|
|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|
|02:07||WPG||Evander Kane : Elbowing - 2 min|
|12:21||WPG||Ron Hainsey : Cross checking - 2 min|
|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|
|Shots on Goal|
|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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