After winning at home Saturday night versus the Washington Capitals in Tampa, the Lightning look to carry momentum gained from a 6-3 victory into Monday afternoon’s match up against the New York Islanders. If Saturday night’s game was any indication, this season will be a good one for the Tampa Bay Lightning. While not a perfect game, the team looked quite solid in the 6-3 win against the rival Capitals. One of the biggest factors in the win was a solid powerplay. Everyone following the Lightning has been anticipating a better powerplay this season, and it showed up Saturday. A 3 for 7 clip on the powerplay (including one 5 on 3 tally) helped boost the team to victory. Anders Lindback was steady in net, especially during the opening period in which the Lightning were out-shot 17-8. Vincent Lecavalier may have been the best all-around player during the game, while Martin St. Louis and Eric Brewer each pitched in two goals apiece. Cory Conacher tallied his first pro assist while also netting his first goal.
After an emotional opening night, the Lightning are set to play its first set of back to back games in the condensed season. It’ll be interesting to see how Guy Boucher manages ice time throughout the team, especially considering the fact that not everyone is in peak physical condition yet. Anders Lindback and Mathieu Garon will likely split the two games, but that has not been confirmed yet. Game time today is 1:00 PM EST. The Lightning will look to match the pace set by the Wild, Penguins, and Blackhawks, all of which have played two games and won both of them. Every team in the Southeast Division has played only one game; the Panthers and Lightning are the only two teams that recorded a win to start the season. Not to be forgotten today; the game this afternoon will be Vincent Lecavalier’s 1000th career game.
Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier is expected to appear in his 1,000th career game on Monday afternoon, which would render him just the 49th player in NHL history to reach the milestone with one team. The first overall selection of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft by the Lightning, Lecavalier has recorded 374 goals and 844 points in 999 career games, all in a Bolts sweater.
Have a safe and happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day everyone. Appreciate your rights as you have them and, as always, go Bolts!
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