NHL Game Night: 4-5-12 Lightning at Maple Leafs
Unlucky Connolly keeps Lightning from clinching a winning record for the season.
Dwayne Roloson allowed 3 goals on 31 shots for the overtime loss. Deserved better, perhaps.
TB St. Louis (25), (Lee, Malone), 5:49
TOR Connolly (13), (Gardiner, Steckel), 6:32
TB Stamkos (59), (Gervais, St. Louis), 8:48
TOR Gardiner (7), (unassisted), 17:05
TOR Phaneuf (11), (Kessel), 4:01
Steven Stamkos was named the game's third star. He'll get one crack to get the one goal he needs to get to 60.
Congratulations to Martin St. Louis for his 9th straight 25 goal season. That's amazing consistency from a small player who played the bulk of his career in the clutch and grab era.
In case I haven't mentioned it, I loves me some Brian Lee. 3 shots, 5 hits, and he set up Marty's goal. Steve Yzerman robbed Ottawa blind in that deal. Not saying Gilroy's a bum, but Lee is a potential stud 2-way blueliner in this league, and I'm still stunned why the Sens gave up on him. The only thing I can think is that he never blew up offensively to the degree they thought he would. Still, to give up that skating ability and that willingness to step up and deliver a hit for a player as inconsistent as Gilroy? C'mon, man.
Brett Connolly will look back on his rookie season one day and laugh. It's been a hard one, and tonight's own-goal put the punctuation on that. He's immensely talented and creative, though. There are better days ahead.
Keith Aulie had 1 shot and 2 hits in 15:50 against his old club. Good for him breaking the 15 minute barrier in IT.
J.T. Brown was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 15:11. It'd be nice to see him hit the scoresheet in the finale.
J.T. Wyman had 5 shots and 1 hit in 10:52. The coaches love him. He'll enter next season a slight favorite for a spot in Tampa Bay, I surmise.