“The only thing good about tonight was probably the National Anthem,” Lightning Coach Jon Cooper said. “After that, everything (stunk).” Since his comment on last Saturday’s loss to the Bruins pretty much said it all, I really don’t need to add my two cents.
Instead, I will sing praises to former Lightning goalie, Mike Smith, now of the Phoenix Coyotes. During their game Sunday against the Red Wings, Smitty grabbed the puck after a blocked shot, set it down on the ice, and literally took a long shot at the goal in the waning seconds of the game.
Unbelievably, it crossed the line and went into the empty net with merely 0.1 seconds left.
Watch the video here: http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=687657
It was magical! And, apparently, pretty historical. Smith is now the 11th goalie in NHL history to score a goal, and only the seventh by shooting the puck in the net himself.
I always enjoyed watching Smitty play at the Forum during his tenure with the Bolts. He was a good puck handler, much to the dismay of the fans around me who often chastised him for leaving the net. I was disappointed when he stumbled a bit leading to his reassignment to the Norfolk Admirals, then trade to Phoenix, but I was pleased that he found his goalie mojo out there and led the ‘Yotes to the 2012 Western Division finals, losing to the eventual Stanley Cup champions, the LA Kings.
Sometimes I feel like a mom watching her brood spread their wings and soar. Sometimes they soar far far away…
You rock, Smitty!