There was a reason I was waiting for this game all week and this game did not disappoint. It had some highs. Some lows. A Stamkos hat trick. A Carcillo breakaway goal. Some passes from St. Louis to Lecavalier a la 2004...and in the end the game didn't go to a shootout.

What a game.

The first period was a wash. Chicago had the edge in shots with 15 to the Lightning's 8, but it ended scoreless.

The second period is where everything happened.

Stamkos starts off the scoring 15 seconds into the game. Patrick Sharp answers back quickly just under a minute later on the PP. Yeah not really sure what Adam Hall was doing while Sharp scored there, but whatever, tie game.


Brett Connolly gets his second of the season after first stopping the puck with his skate while literally inside of the net, and then puts it past the goal line. Lightning up 2-1.

And here is your WTF minute of the night. Marian Hossa is left unattended and wrists a shot past Roloson. The Lightning hand out turnovers to the Hawks like it's still Halloween and they are free candy. But the minute is not even over.

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Then Carcillo gets a BREAKAWAY and SCORES. Two words that will never be used in a sentence again. Was that a pinch by Bergeron? Bergeron doesn't understand defence.

12 seconds later and the Hawks score again. Jesus. Chicago is now up 4-2.


Coach Boucher calms his troops down with a 30 second powwow. Maybe he's discussing Lecavalier's good looks.


The Lightning battle back. Stamkos is trying to make up for his mistakes and does the comeback job himself. STAMKOS SCORESSS! Goal #2 and #3 for the hat trick.

A hat trick in one period. He's a monster. But let's discuss as to which team leaves Stamkos alone in the left circle on a powerplay? He set up shop there and just blasted that in. This is the second career hat trick for Stamkos against the Hawks. Peckham then compares him to Gary Lupul who scores this week. Joffrey would like to know who this Gary character is and why he is taking all the credit for his goals.

No scoring through the 3rd.

We're into overtime. Mistakes are made but also magic. Magic is when Bergeron gets the puck to St. Louis who makes a cute pass to Lecavalier and you hear "St. Louis to Lecavalier, HE SCORES". It's like 2004 all over again.


Now let's watch Stamkos' hat trick together:

Next game Sunday against the Panthers