Blake Coleman had 21 goals in the regular season. All of them were for the New Jersey Devils. In nine regular season games with the Bolts he had just one assist. On Wednesday the drought ended as he finally found the back of the net for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
With the Lightning leading 1-0 Coleman took a pass along the boards from Zach Bogosian and skated into the Columbus zone. As he reached the right circle he snapped a shot between Zach Werenski’s legs and it cleanly beat Joonas Korpisalo who was partially screened by his defenseman.
The goal was Coleman’s third point of the series as he had assists in Games One and Four. He also had a nice set up on Yanni Gourde’s deflection goal in the Lightning’s previous game. While the goalscoring has been a little slow to come by for Coleman in this series, he’s been an absolute beast when it comes to possession.
At 5v5 the bulk of the shot attempts he’s been on the ice for have been directed at the Columbus net as evidenced by his 70.42 CF%. The only two players posting a higher number are his linemates Barclay Goodrow and Yanni Gourde. That line has yet to allow a goal at even strength and has dominated the high danger chances.
They have been the team’s best line in this series and they are finally getting the goals as a result of all of their hard work.