It’s a well recognized fact that players on The Tampa Bay Lightning are some of the most unselfish in the league. Take a look at Marty St. Louis. He has amazing puck skills. He could have double, maybe triple the amount of goals that he has, but he always seems to look to feed the puck to other team mates to let them get the score. Phil Esposito likens Marty to a drink stirrer. He’s not the alcohol or the ice, but he’s what stirs the drink around for the perfect mix. Steven Stamkos is leading the league in goals with 58. Everyone is talking about him making the big 60. Everyone but him and Coach Boucher. Neither of them want the team trying to get the puck to him and distract them from how they normally play. Despite their wishes, that is exactly what appeared to have happened tonight against Montreal.
Tonight The Tampa Bay Lightning took on the Montreal Canadiens. My quick summery of the game was “I’ve got the puck, where’s Stamkos? Let’s pass it to him!!” …then he gets it… and no score.
Stamkos is amazing, don’t get me wrong,. But he’s not the only one on the team. The guys are pushing him so hard to get that sixtieth goal, that it is taking away from their own games. Vinny Lecavalier and Bruno Gervais were a bit selfish I guess when the scored the only two Tampa goals.
The defense looked to be strong, despite the five to two loss. Goaltender Sebastien Caron really had to fight in the first period, and held up wonderful. He made great saves throughout the game, but appeared to tire towards the end. Brett Clark finished strong with blocked shots. He headed into tonight’s game as leading second in blocked shots in the NHL with one hundred ninety. He strengthened that lead tonight.
2:11 into the 1st Alexei Emelin (3) scored with a wrist Shot – Assists: D. Desharnais (43) & P. Budaj (3)
7:26 Vincent Lecavalier (22) tied it up with a wrist Shot – Assists: none
13:31 both Brad Staubitz and Nate Thompson received 2 minutes for roughing.
Shots on goal: MTL 13 TBL 6
1:42 into the 2nd the scoring was opened by Erik Cole (33) Snap Shot – Assists: D. Desharnais (44) & M. Pacioretty (31)
A slew of penalties were handed out:
2:21 Alexei Emelin : Delaying Game-Puck over glass – 2 min
8:15 Vincent Lecavalier : Hooking – 2 min
10:21 Louis Leblanc : Hooking – 2 min
13:47 Tim Wallace : Cross checking – 2 min
17:37 Brett Connolly : Tripping – 2 min
A PPG was scored at 14:34 by Erik Cole (34) Tip-In – Assists: T. Plekanec (35) & A. Markov (3)
Shots on goal in the second were MTL 6 TBL 5
at 3:42 of the third period, Bruno Gervais (6) took the opportunity with a wrist Shot – Assists: T. Wallace (6) & V. Hedman (17)
5:58 Max Pacioretty (31) Backhand – Assists: J. Gorges (12) & T. Plekanec (36)
and again at 14:57 Max Pacioretty (32) Wrist Shot – Assists: P. Subban (29)
Penalties were light. At 12:33 Vincent Lecavalier : Hooking – 2 min and
at 16:01 Louis Leblanc : Hooking – 2 min
Shots on goal in the third were MTL 6 for a total of 26, and TBL 5 for a total of 16.
I know the guys want Steven to score 60. I want him to score 60. If he does, awesome. If he doesn’t, like Coach Boucher said, does it make him any less of a good player? Not at all! Please guys, be a bit more selfish and take the shots yourself. If you can get him the puck safely then go for it. But he had plenty of opportunities missed tonight. Even Superman himself has off nights.