Goaltending, special teams, and details.
Dwayne Roloson allowed 3 goals on 21 shots for the loss.
STL Berglund (17), (Pietrangelo, Oshie)(SH), 15:00
STL Schwartz (1), (Stewart, Colaiacovo)(PP), 19:24
STL Perron (15), (Oshie), 2:47
TB Mikkelson (1), (Hall, Wallace), 15:49
Brendan Mikkelson was the game's third star. Congratulations to the young man on his first NHL goal.
You could make an argument that the Lightning outplayed the best team in the league tonight. They outshot them 23-21, and they probably outchanced them, too. But, the same things that have doomed the season for the Lightning are the same things that just allowed St. Louis to hit 100 points: goaltending, special teams, and details.
St. Louis' goaltenders are tops in the league in GAA. The Lightning's? Dead last.
St. Louis' power play as scored the 12th most goals in the league. The Lightning's? 25th.
St. Louis is 11th in the league in shorthanded goals. The Lightning? Dead last.
St. Louis is 4th best in the league in shorthanded goals against. The Lightning? Second to last.
It's not complicated to figure out where things went wrong for this club, both tonight and throughout the season. However, addressing those things may be complicated for a General Manager who hasn't been able to get the situation between the pipes quite right over his first two years with the team and a coaching staff that has seemed incapable of addressing the team's special teams issues all year long.
Keith Aulie had 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 9:42. The fact Aulie can't seem to even get 12 minutes of ice time from this coaching staff every night is very troubling, especially considering what the team gave up to acquire him.
Tim Wallace had an assist and was +1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 9:44. Wallace played in his 40th game of the season tonight, meaning he will graduate from prospect status with 1 more appearance in the lineup for the Lightning this year.
Trevor Smith had 1 shot in 12:55.
J.T. Wyman had 1 blocked shot in 12:14.
Over and out.
TOR Liles (6), (Grabovski, Kessel)(PP), 1:09
TOR Crabb (9), (Lombardi, Connolly), 3:27
TOR Gardiner (5), (Lombardi), 12:28
TB St. Louis (23), (Clark), 19:34
That's all she wrote. Time to start studying for the draft.
Keith Aulie was -1 with 2 hits in 10:19.
Tim Wallace had 2 penalty minutes and 2 hits in 6:59.
J.T. Wyman had 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 12:18.
Dustin Tokarski stopped 33 of 34 shots for his first NHL victory. The young fella got it done against two goaltenders tonight who averaged 36.5 years of age. And, it wasn't a circus act. He was very calm and very under control in net. If you're not out of position, you don't have to breakdance like Hasek in net. Got his first NHL assist, too. Nice night for a young man who has worked hard to get where he is.
TB Pyatt (8), (Malone, Connolly), 1:56
TB Thompson (9), (Hall, Wyman), 2:26
TB Shannon (4), (Hedman, Tokarski)(PP), 4:31
TB Hedman (4), (unassisted), 15:38
TB Stamkos (49), (Purcell, Lee), 3:06
BOS Caron (7), (Boychuk, Chara), 1:55
TB Stamkos (50), (St. Louis, Lee), 3:06
Keith Aulie had 1 shot and 3 hits in 11:16.
Tim Wallace had 1 hit in 10:10, and looked dazed and confused with the puck on a 2-on-1 late in the third period. I don't think he expected a chance that good in that situation.
J.T. Wyman had a helper and was +2 in 14:56.
The season slipping away.
Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 25 shots for the loss. He'll probably beat himself up a little over the first and third goals, but on Skinner's goals, his defense did him no favors. I can deal with Hedman's mistakes at this stage. He's still a puppy. I've grown to deeply resent Eric Brewer, though.
TB Malone (13), (Pyatt, Connolly), 1:20
CAR Spacek (5), (McBain, Jokinen)(PP), 3:46
CAR Skinner (18), (Jokinen, Larose), 12:29
TB Thompson (8), (Wyman, Hall), 17:14
CAR Skinner (19), (Allen), 6:36
CAR Larose (14), (Harrison, Faulk)(EN), 19:38
Ryan Malone was the game's third star.
Keith Aulie was -1 with 1 hit and 2 blocked shots in 11:52.
Tim Wallace had 2 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 1 hit in 7:21.
J.T. Wyman had an assist and was +1 with 1 hit in 9:25.
Lightning skaters hang rookie out to dry.
WSH 3 (OT)
Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 32 shots for the overtime loss. The final 2 goals were a complete abdication of defensive responsibility by the players in front of Tokarski. You have to do better in front of a rookie making his first start. Overall, I thought Tic moved well and didn't look out of place. He deserved better than to have the team in front of him get outshot 16-3 in the final period and overtime. I suspect Garon would've gotten about the same result had he been healthy and between the pipes.
WSH Aucoin (2), (Alzner, Halpern), 17:08
TB Malone (12), (Stamkos, Purcell)(PP), 7:25
TB Purcell (20), (St. Louis, Clark)(PP), 18:42
WSH Johansson (13), (Wideman), 16:02
WSH Ovechkin (27), (Orlov, Chimera), 4:09
Teddy Purcell was the game's second star.
Way too many unforced errors by the Lightning defense in the final frame. The Lightning move to 3 points out of the 8th playoff spot behind Washington and Winnipeg, for the moment, with the Jets and Canucks playing later tonight. They also linger 5 points back of the Panthers in the division. They'll be kicking themselves for how much they let themselves down in the third period of this game.
Keith Aulie was -1 with 2 hits and 1 blocked shot in 11:18.
Tim Wallace had 4 hits in 7:12.
J.T. Wyman had 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 14:53.