Game Night 1/31: Maple Leafs at Lightning
Old man Burke is my hero.
In the battle of AARP members, it was Sean Burke who ruled with an iron fist. Burke made 25 saves on 27 shots before the Lightning won the shootout 2-0 on a beautiful deke to the backhand by Vincent Lecavalier and a businesslike wrist shot stick side past Ed Belfour. Rookie Ryan Craig scored a key power play goal early in the third banging home a Dan Boyle rebound for his 7th goal of the season. Fun with math: if you pro rate Craig's production over an 82 game schedule he'd be on a pace for 30 goals.
Craig played 15:32 and made his only shot on goal count. Paul Ranger played 20:03 and was even with 3 shots on goal although he also had 3 giveaways. Doug O'Brien was limited to 6:50, thus necessitating Rangers' big minutes, and had 1 shot on goal. Doug appeared to me to be struggling with the speed of the game and his decision making when moving the puck was neither quick nor decisive. Norm Milley played just 3:43 with one hit.
Game sheet from NHL.com.