Martini’s Moments: Week Ending 3/30/14
With the drive to the playoffs continuing, the Lightning gave the fans some free hockey as a preview to the post season. Three of this weeks four games ended in either the extra session or a shootout. The Bolts racked up five out of a possible eight points this week.
Game 72 – Senators 4 – Lightnimng 3 SO (Boxscore)
In what has become typical of the Lightning, they played down to the struggling Senators level. In a game dominated by the Ottawa stars Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza, the Bolts Captain wasn’t going to let his team lose in regulation on home ice. With 14 minutes left in the third period, Steven Stamkos choked up on his stick and batted the puck into the net for the game tying goal. This moment was then wasted by a shootout loss but the Lightning still gained a valuable point.
In what could be considered the Ryan Callahan show because of his two goals, the game also included one of the oddest goals in recent Bolts memory. While on the power play, netminder Ben Bishop fired the puck up the ice only to have the Islanders come back and score what looked to be a shorthanded goal. Luckily for the Bolts, an Islander player was considered offside. The moment of the game came in the shootout when the 25th shooter, defenseman Sami Salo flipped the puck behind Evgeni Nabokov for the eventual game winner.
As the week continued, the Lightning took the show on the road to face the Buffalo Sabres. The game was highlighted by a Buffalo fluke goal. With Ben Bishop on the bench for an extra attacker due to a delayed penalty, Steven Stamkos sent a pass to the point to Mike Kostka which skipped over his stick and ended up in the back of the Lightning open net. This gave Buffalo the lead until on the ensuing power play Ryan Callahan tipped in a pass from Teddy Purcell on a 5 on 3 power play, providing the moment of the game.
The Bolts were shooting for a season sweep of the Detroit Red Wings, but it wasn’t to be at Joe Louis Arena in Motown. In a game that saw dazzling plays from the depleted Red Wings squad, the Lightning looked tired on their second night of back to back contests. Tampa Bay mustered a comeback, as Sami Salo scored on a slap shot late in the third period, but they fell short.
Player of the Week
The player of the week was Ryan Callahan. Although many Lightning fans are still uncertain about him, Callahan has added a new dimension to the Bolts. Scoring three goals, dishing out an assist, earning a +3 rating and average over 21 minutes of ice time per game, while playing in all situations earned Callahan the award.
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