That very same night, he would earn his very first point. Well, two, actually. He would first earn an assist off of a Power Play Goal scored by Martin St. Louis early in the second period. Then, with just under 7 minutes left in regulation, Conacher fires one past Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby making the score 5-3 Lightning. After a Power Play Goal by Lightning defenseman Eric Brewer, the Lightning went on to defeat the Capitals 6-3.
Since then, he leads the NHL in Points amongst Rookies this season with 7 goals and 13 assists for a total of 20 points in the 27 games he has played so far this season. He also leads the Lightning Rookies in Shots on Goal with 41.
Unfortunately, the Lightning were not as successful against the Rangers as they were the Capitals, but that does not take away from the fact that Killorn too found himself with a point on his first night on the ice. Late in the second period, he garnered an assist from a goal scored by Captain Vincent Lecavalier. Since his debut, Killorn has scored a total of 10 points consisting of 4 goals and 6 assists. He is currently tied with Cory Conacher among the Lightning roster for Game Winning Goals.
This was two days after Lightning LW Ryan Malone went down with a Lower Body Injury. While Panik did bring a lot of things to the Lightning line up, unfortunately, he did not see many points. It wasn’t until February 23rd against the Carolina Hurricanes that he registered his first point with a goal in the third period. This would turn out of be the game winning goal. Since returning to the Syracuse Crunch on March 1st, he has registered another 3 assists bringing him to a total of 21 goals and 19 assists for a total of 40 points this season with the Crunch.
Much like the other Lightning rookies, Palat scored his first point right out of the tunnel. Late in the second period, he and Nate Thompson set up the “Nose Shot Heard Around the World” as Tom Pyatt’s nose fired one in on Marc-Andre Fleury. In the next 5 games, he added another assist for 2 points this season. While with Syracuse this season, he has scored a total of 11 goals and 33 assists for a total of 44 points. He is also sitting pretty with a plus-24 rating on the AHL side.
While not having his name on the scoreboard that night, Gudas did have some big hits against the Panthers, one of which ultimately sent Panthers RW Kris Versteeg out of the game. In the two games that he has played with the team so far, he has registered 2 shots on goal, and has had at least 34 minutes of ice time. While with Syracuse, he has scored 4 goals and 16 assists so far this season for a total of 20 points. He also leads the Crunch with a plus-32 rating.
This brings me to the latest addition to the Bolts roster, Tyler Johnson.
This 5’9, 182 pound Center from Spokane, WA has been on fire in the American Hockey League this season. With 32 goals and 26 assists this season, he is sitting in second place in the league for points and currently leads the AHL in Goals Scored. He also leads the Crunch with a whopping 176 shots on goal, and holds a plus-25 rating.
So there you have it, the six rookies who have made their NHL debuts with the Tampa Bay Lightning so far this season.
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