Last night, the Tampa Bay Lightning suffered a deflating loss in overtime against Andrew Ladd and the Winnipeg Jets. However, there was one moment in time that set the tone for the rest of the game, and kept Bolts fans on the edge of their seats; the last second goal from Nate Thompson at the end of the second period.
In the final seconds of the second period, the Tampa Bay Lightning still found themselves trailing the Winnipeg Jets 1-0. In game where the offense has not truly made Jets goaltender Al Montoya work much at all, the Bolts were in desperate need of a jolt.
This is where Lightning center Nate Thompson.
There is just 2.6 seconds left in the period. The Lightning find themselves presented with a Faceoff in the offensive zone. While this may not seem like a lot of time to get anything done, it was all the time the Lightning needed.
Here is the irony in this situation. Thompson was originally the player in the faceoff circle. For some unknown reason, the ref kicked Thompson out of the faceoff. Enter, Captain Martin St. Louis.
St. Louis is able to win the faceoff, getting the puck to Radko Gudas. With little to no time to think, Gudas got the puck to Thompson. Thompson lets go of a Wrist Shot that went right past Montoya on the glove side.
Just .2 seconds remained on the clock when the goal went in the net. Those of you who were there know exactly what I am talking about. For those of you who were not able to make it to the Forum last night, the electricity in the building was so intense it was almost visible; and I don’t mean from the teslas.
While the Lightning would eventually fall to the Jets into overtime, it was that play right there that brought Bolts fans to their feet, kept hope alive for the third period of play, and gave the Bolts the jolt they needed to get back into the game.
Whether you are watching it for the first time, or whether you saw it as it happened live, here is a look at the amazing goal by Nate Thompson that brought the Bolts Nation to their feet.
What was going through your mind as the puck crossed the goal line? Let us know in the comments below.