Martini’s Moments: Week Ending 3/9/14
With the drive to the playoffs in sight, there are going to be some peaks and valleys. The Lightning seem to be in one of those valleys. This team was trending in the right direction from the beginning of the week to the end, but wasn’t able to play a complete 60 minute (65 minutes in some cases) game and earn a full two points.
Game 62 – Blues 4 – Lightning 2 (Boxscore)
In what would eventually be Martin St. Louis last game for the Tampa Bay Lightning franchise, he went out with a point and the team came away with a loss. In a game where the Bolts let a lead go to waste, the moment of the game occurred when the Lightning failed to capitalize on a golden opportunity to convert on the power play following the go ahead goal by the Blues’Alexander Steen.
In the long-awaited return of Steven Stamkos, the star of the game was Sabres’ goalie Jhonas Enroth. With the Lightning integrating their star sniper and Ryan Callahan into the lineup, the Bolts threw 44 shots on goal and only got one by Enroth. The moment of the game was Stamkos skating out for the national anthem wearing the coveted “C.”
In one of the biggest games so far this season, the Lightning improved their play against the Bruins, but not enough to gain two points on the night. After playing through regulation and overtime, the Bolts ended up losing in a shootout and being swept in the season series by Boston. The moment of the game was Ondrej Palat’s shorthanded goal.
Player of the Week
The player of the week goes to rookie sensation Ondrej Palat, who showed off his two-way game and saw increased time on the penalty kill. For the week ending on March 9th, Palat tallied one goal and one assist, while logging over 19 minutes of ice time per game.
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