30 November 2010
Sometimes there are teams that are down by a goal with only a minute or two left that can find a way to win. Teams like the Detroit Red Wings are the type of team I'm taking about. That they fight so hard to tie up the game and somehow find a way to comeback, and maybe even get a win.
Tampa Bay did that tonight.
Toronto on the other hand found a way to lose.
Recap after the jump
The Leafs who took the early lead in the first after Ellis let out a huge rebound from Bozak's shot, the puck went around the net and Versteeg shot it past Ellis. Leafs up 1-0.
After going through much of the first period up 1-0, Ryan Malone was able to score on the powerplay to even up the game. Simon Gagne, who was a surprise addition to the lineup, got his first point as a Tampa Bay Lightning.
Then the Leafs did something they haven't done in a while, which was to score some goals. Two goals were scored by Nikolai Kulemin, one on the PP in the 2nd period and one even strength which was a gift from Dan Ellis (who shouldn't have been back behind the net trying to play the puck).
The Leafs haven't had many games where they've scored three goals, so for them, this was big. And the Lightning tried to make a come back, but were frustrated by the Leafs until Martin St. Louis made it 3-2 with a wrist shot at 8:25 of the third period. They kept pressuring the Leafs, and Gustavsson had to make some spectacular saves to keep the lead.
The Lightning pull their goalie, and still they can't get it past Gustavsson. Then with only a few seconds left off of a faceoff to the left of the goal, Dominic Moore wins the faceoff, then Stamkos works hard to get control of the puck to pass it to St. Louis, who wires it through traffic past Gustavsson.
There's a lot of love in this photo
Tie game with only 9 seconds left in the period.
Only a minute into OT, Luke Schenn turns over the puck and Simon Gagne gets his first goal as a Bolt off a shot that gets redirected off of Kaberle's leg.
Speechless. Did the Lightning just make a comeback to tie up the game, then win it in overtime?
Yes I think we did.
So the Lightning win their first game of the roadtrip and break the losing streak. Big f-cking game for the return of Gagne.
Thoughts on the Leafs
-The Leafs had two leads in the game that they blew
-The Leafs D had a lot of trouble during this game, the most noticeable was Schenns turnover that led to the game winning goal
-Nazem Kadri also struggled, both his play and his skills in the faceoff
Next game for the Lightning is on Thursday against Boston.
All photos are via daylife.com