Martini’s Moments: Week Ending 1/26/14
It was a light week for the Tampa Bay Lightning, with only two games on the schedule. Here is your weekly wrap-up of the key moments in the Bolts charge towards the Olympic break and the post-season.
When you’re winless in five games at home, a win is a win, but this was not one of the Bolts better home victories. In a game where the Lightning never trailed, there were times that the Senators were getting the better of the play, especially late in the third period. Chris Neil scored on a weak wrist shot that beat Ben Bishop stick side with less than three minutes to play in regulation. The moment of the game came late in overtime from captain Martin St. Louis who bailed out Bishop by stopping a stuff attempt to send the game to a shootout. If the captain had not stopped the puck from going in, Nikita Kucherov would not have had a chance at the game winner in the shootout which beat Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson stick side. (Photos/Susan Ferlita)
In a battle of the two most surprising teams in the NHL, Tampa Bay faced off against the Colorado Avalanche. It was billed as a battle for NHL hardware Two of the top candidates for the Vezina Trophy (Ben Bishop and Semyon Varlamov), the Calder Memorial Trophy (Tyler Johnson and Nathan MacKinnon) and the Jack Adams Award (Jon Cooper and Patrick Roy) opposed each other . After a solid first and dominating start of the second period, the Bolts faltered and gave up two goals in the final two minutes. The third period was where the Lightning’s Tyler Johnson solidified his position in the Calder discussion . Johnson had two third period goals to finish his first NHL hat trick and seal the 5-2 win.
Player of the Week
This weeks player of the week was a tough choice, so we’ve decided to recognize two individuals.
The Player of the Week is Victor Hedman, who showcased why the Lightning selected him second overall in the 2009 draft. In two games Hedman had six points, all assists and a +4 rating, all while averaging only 21 minutes of ice time per game.
The runner-up is forward Tyler Johnson. The rookie center had a massive week, notching four goals, a +5 rating while averaging a little less than 22 minutes on ice per game. Johnson also won 47.5% off his faceoffs.
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