Lightning displays champion’s heart to overcome adversity.
Tampa Bay Wins the Series 4-3
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed one goal on 31 shots for the victory. It wasn’t the close out shutout we’ve come to expect, but it was an amazing performance nonetheless. You could see it in OT in Game Six coming, when the stakes rise, so does Vasilevskiy.
18:24 TB Paul (1), (Colton, Foote)
13:25 TOR Rielly (3), (Matthews, Marner)
16:32 TB Paul (2), (unassisted)
The Leafs fans are going to make their excuses about the officiating, which is laughable considering the powder puff power play they were handed in the Third Period, but the truth of the matter is the Lightning manufactured a win with true grit and guts. After losing Brayden Point to what appears to be a serious lower body injury and with Nikita Kucherov seemingly nursing a knock of his own, the Lightning relied on Nick Paul having a couple of moments of individual brilliance and a total team effort to bleed, sweat, and pay the price to get it across the line to the win. No lies, this might’ve been the most emotional win of the past three years the way the team played.
Now the scene turns to Sunrise against little brother, who struggled mightily against the corpse of the Washington Capitals. Even without Brayden Point, the Lightning have a puncher’s chance, but they’ve got to get back to the 60 minute total team commitment they displayed tonight. If they do that, they can string together enough W’s to hopefully buy Point time to mend and get back into the fight.