Martini’s Moments: Week Ending 1/26/14

by JoeMartini | Posted on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

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.

Game 51 – Lightning 4 - Senators 3 SO (Boxscore)

rsz_mstlouisWhen 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)

Game 52 – Lightning 5 – Avalanche 2 (Boxscore)

TJohnson_2In 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.

VHedmanThe 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.

This is part of a weekly series of articles highlighting game changing moments and events in each Lightning contest. If you think a moment deserves to make the list, tweet it @JoeMartini91 or @LightningShout and you could see your moment here!

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Joe Martini arrived in Tampa in 2008 where he went to school at USF and bartended at The Tampa Bay Times Forum. After graduating with a degree in finance he continued his love for sports working as a data analyst in South Florida.

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  1. BigKahuna BigKahuna says:

    Good stuff. I agree with both moments.

  2. JoeMartini JoeMartini says:

    Thanks! Any thought on who you think should of been player of the week?

  3. BigKahuna BigKahuna says:

    I totally agree with your choice of Hedman. 6 assists in two games by a defenseman? I bet that has never happened in team history. It would be something to check on.

    • JoeMartini JoeMartini says:

      Most assists in one Nhl game is 5 by Ian Turnbull in 1977 and I can’t find for back to back games but I know the record for the NHL is 7 assists in one game by multiple players. The most points in a season by a D man is 65 by Roman Hamrlik in 95-96 which Heddy has a chance to surpass if he keeps going with big games or before the end of his career.

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