Category Archives: Tampa Bay Lightning
Ever since Stamkos went down with a broken Tibia several weeks ago, the question was asked, could the Lightning survive without him? The first two games after that horrendous moment, they played very well. Then they had the west coast road trip that turned out to be dismal. On that trip they took 1 out of a possible 8 points. But they came home, looking forward to two very special events.
In their 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals, the surging Colorado Avalanche picked up a beautiful insurance marker from Gabriel Landeskog, the youngest captain in the NHL. Not only is he the youngest captain in the NHL today, but the youngest ever in NHL history, eclipsing the previous record holder, Sidney Crosby. On top of that, he scored his goal after blowing past Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin, who earned the “C” at age 24, and is part of a slew of young NHL captains in the League right now. While many teams look to the aged veteran to lead the team, many have decided that a breath of fresh air is what their team needs in the captaincy. Not all these young captains have worked out, but many of them have been successful.
One at Home
When you think back before the season, who would have guessed that the Tampa Bay Lightning would be 8-3 and on top of the Atlantic division? This young bunch, led by an ageless Marty St. Louis, keeps finding ways to win. On Saturday night they defeated the Buffalo Sabres by the score of 3-2 and on Sunday they downed the Panthers 4-3.
Thursday night, Chicago came to town seeking retribution. It was two and a half weeks ago that the Bolts, or rather “Big” Ben Bishop, stole a 2-1 shootout win away from the Blackhawks in Chicago. With former Lightning goalie Nikolai Khabibulin between the pipes and an always stellar offense, they may have thought justice would be served. They were mistaken.