1. We Have to Talk about Palat
Ondrej Palat now has two game winning goals in this series, both coming in the waning moments of the game. He also has six points over the five games of this series alone. It may be his last ride here in Tampa, but boy oh boy would he be missed.
Palat has always been the guy who does all the little things, all of the dirty work that goes unnoticed. He has been described as a blue-collar player who plays with white-collar players. There could not be a way to better describe the way that Palat fits in on the Lightning’s top line. He is the guy who is just a silent killer who you might not notice very often but his impact is beyond words. He is the epitome of the type of player you need to win championships.