Tampa Bay’s pathetic 2022-2023 regular season on the road mercifully comes to an end.
Brian Elliott allowed six goals on 39 shots for the loss. I wonder aloud if that was the final NHL start of his long career. Even if it’s not, we’re clearly getting down to the end of the wick.
0:30 OTT Batherson (22), (Brannstrom, DeBrincat)
2:51 TB Killorn (26), (Stamkos, Hedman)(PP)
10:57 OTT Gauthier (9), (Gambrell, Sanderson)
6:21 OTT Brown (4), (Kastelic, Zub)
13:38 TB Hagel (29), (Stamkos, Kucherov)(PP)
14:06 TB Hedman (9), (Kucherov, Stamkos)(PP)
19:43 OTT DeBrincat (27), (Pinto, Stutzle)(PP)
2:07 OTT Sokolov (1), (unassisted)
6:01 TB Point (49), (Hedman, Eyssimont)
10:49 OTT Kastelic (7), (Sanderson)
19:41 OTT Giroux (32), (Stutzle, Tkachuk)(EN)
Steven Stamkos was the game’s third star.
There’s some individual milestones left to chase with a couple of games left to go with Point trying to get to 50 goals and Hagel trying to get to 30, but for all intents and purposes the regular season has been over since the Lightning formally clinched their spot and opening round matchup with Toronto. They’re clearly betting they can throw the switch once they hit Game One in the postseason. I’m skeptical, but willing to be happily surprised.
Mikey Eyssimont had a helper and 2 penalty minutes with 2 shots and 2 hits in 13:19. His first point in a Tampa Bay uniform, and he may have to play a bigger role with Jeannot’s health in serious question. He technically graduated from prospect status on the site in his second appearance for the Lightning on March 5th.
Darren Raddysh was -3 with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 19:30. His +/- has suffered mightily on this road trip to nowhere.