"Waterboys" beat varsity.
Dwayne Roloson allowed 3 goals on 38 shots for the win. He sparkled for much of the game, including a key stop in the dying seconds to preserve the win. He sparkled so much, we forgive the softie on Philly's third goal.
TB Malone (15), (Smith)(SH), 8:08
TB Stamkos (52), (St. Louis, Purcell)(PP), 19:58
PHI Simmonds (23), (Schenn, Kubina), 3:21
PHI Read (22), (Timonen, Voracek), 18:18
TB St. Louis (24), (Wallace, Brewer), 2:27
TB Wyman (2), (unassisted), 17:11
PHI Hartnell (36), (Briere, Voracek)(PP), 18:47
TB Pyatt (12), (Brewer)(EN), 19:56
Roloson and Martin St. Louis were the game's first an second star.
That's what you get. Pierre McGuire reported that the Flyers were mocking one of the young Lightning callups as a waterboy. That's what you get. This Lightning team is now 2 games over .500, and they've still got the goal of a winning record to play for. Call ups or no, that's what they're going for. The right to call themselves winners.
Trevor Smith had a helper and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 12:38.
J.T. Wyman got a gift goal and had 1 shot in 14:31.
Pierre-Cedric Labrie was -2 with 1 shot and 3 blocked shots in 7:27.
But they'll never take our freedom!
Dwayne Roloson stopped 34 of 37 for the win.
TB Stamkos (51), (Purcell, St. Louis), 15:49
TB Stamkos (52), (St. Louis, Purcell), 1:46
NYI Nielsen (15), (Moulson, Tavares)(PP), 8:15
NYI Okposo (16), (Bailey, Nielsen), 19:24
NYI Moulson (33), (Streit, MacDonald), 0:43
TB Pyatt (11), (Malone, Connolly), 9:08
TB Wallace (3), (Stamkos, Labrie), 12:10
Steven Stamkos and Dwayne Roloson were the game's first and second stars, but it was Tim "William" Wallace who led the team to victory with the big, game winning goal.
For a team that's going to be playing golf in 8 more games, they're playing hard and they're having fun. That's a testament to their professionalism and their respect and love for the game. It bodes well for next season, even if it's messing up my dreams of getting a certain Red Deer defenseman in a Lightning jersey.
Keith Aulie had 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 10:10.
Trevor Smith had 2 shots and 1 hit in 14:17.
Pierre-Cedric Labrie had a helper and was +1 with 4 hits and 1 blocked shot in 8:23. Defensively responsible? Hits everything that moves? Occasionally chips in offensively? He'll beat someone up, too, if he has to. What more do you want from a fourth liner? I love the big guy.
Whoa, wait? What? Lightning's top scorers remember how to score in the shootout?
Dwayne Roloson allowed 2 goals on 36 shots before stopping 4 of 6 in the shootout for the win.
TB Pyatt (9), (Hedman, Connolly)(PP), 3:24
EDM Omark (3), (Whitney, Smyth), 9:57
TB Pyatt (10), (Wyman, Wallace), 18:18
EDM Smid (4), (Nugent-Hopkins, Gagner), 16:13
EDM- Gagner, Hemsky
TB- Stamkos, St. Louis, Purcell
Roloson and Tom Pyatt were the game's first and second stars.
Belated congratulations to Tim Wallace, who graduated from Bolt Prospects prospect status in the Buffalo debacle.
Keith Aulie was +1 with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 11:53. Made a great diving play to nullify a breakaway. Probably his best game in a Lightning jersey.
Trevor Smith had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 15:44.
J.T. Wyman had an assist and was +1 with 1 shot and 3 hits in 14:35.
Pierre-Cedric Labrie had 1 hit in 6:34.
Goaltending, special teams, and details.
Dwayne Roloson allowed 3 goals on 21 shots for the loss.
STL Berglund (17), (Pietrangelo, Oshie)(SH), 15:00
STL Schwartz (1), (Stewart, Colaiacovo)(PP), 19:24
STL Perron (15), (Oshie), 2:47
TB Mikkelson (1), (Hall, Wallace), 15:49
Brendan Mikkelson was the game's third star. Congratulations to the young man on his first NHL goal.
You could make an argument that the Lightning outplayed the best team in the league tonight. They outshot them 23-21, and they probably outchanced them, too. But, the same things that have doomed the season for the Lightning are the same things that just allowed St. Louis to hit 100 points: goaltending, special teams, and details.
St. Louis' goaltenders are tops in the league in GAA. The Lightning's? Dead last.
St. Louis' power play as scored the 12th most goals in the league. The Lightning's? 25th.
St. Louis is 11th in the league in shorthanded goals. The Lightning? Dead last.
St. Louis is 4th best in the league in shorthanded goals against. The Lightning? Second to last.
It's not complicated to figure out where things went wrong for this club, both tonight and throughout the season. However, addressing those things may be complicated for a General Manager who hasn't been able to get the situation between the pipes quite right over his first two years with the team and a coaching staff that has seemed incapable of addressing the team's special teams issues all year long.
Keith Aulie had 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 9:42. The fact Aulie can't seem to even get 12 minutes of ice time from this coaching staff every night is very troubling, especially considering what the team gave up to acquire him.
Tim Wallace had an assist and was +1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 9:44. Wallace played in his 40th game of the season tonight, meaning he will graduate from prospect status with 1 more appearance in the lineup for the Lightning this year.
Trevor Smith had 1 shot in 12:55.
J.T. Wyman had 1 blocked shot in 12:14.
Over and out.
TOR Liles (6), (Grabovski, Kessel)(PP), 1:09
TOR Crabb (9), (Lombardi, Connolly), 3:27
TOR Gardiner (5), (Lombardi), 12:28
TB St. Louis (23), (Clark), 19:34
That's all she wrote. Time to start studying for the draft.
Keith Aulie was -1 with 2 hits in 10:19.
Tim Wallace had 2 penalty minutes and 2 hits in 6:59.
J.T. Wyman had 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 12:18.