9 straight overtime victories!
Dwayne Roloson allowed 3 goals on 34 shots for the overtime victory.
04:26 TB Downie (7), St Louis (46), Stamkos (34)
07:41 TB Lecavalier (12), Purcell (24), Gagne (9)(PP)
09:08 CAR Staal (27), Pitkanen (22), Cole (18)(PP)
12:48 TB Bergenheim (11), Tyrell (7)
19:08 CAR Skinner (21), Staal (29), Ruutu (30)
19:27 CAR Cole (15), Pitkanen (23), Corvo (21)
01:32 TB Moore (10), Bergeron (3)
Marc-Andre Bergeron and Vincent Lecavalier were the game's first and second stars. The Lecavalier line is starting to look like the Lightning's best line over the past week or two, and Lecavalier is starting to look like the Lightning's best player. And with that news, the rest of the NHL should collectively tremble in fear.
9 straight overtime victories is just remarkable. Ordinarilly, a team might've collapsed after blowing a 2 goal lead in the final minute of a game. But, this Lightning team just knows how to win in overtime. I don't know if it'll translate perfectly to the playoffs, given that regular season overtime is 4-on-4, but it has to be a little bit of an advantage to the Lightning to have that confidence in deadlocked, sudden death games.
The state of play in the Southeast Division and Eastern Conference has the Lightning opening up a 5 point advantage on the Caps for 1st place in the division and pulling to within 4 points of the Flyers for 1st in the conference with Philly holding 2 games in hand. The Lightning also hold a 13 point lead on 9th place Atlanta, so it would take a colossal collapse with 26 regular season games to go for the Lightning to miss the postseason.
Johan Harju had 2 shots and 1 hit in 7:51. He got a fair amount of ice time in the opening period, but when games are tight rookie callups tend to sit, and that's what happened in the last 2 periods.