Quick Strikes: The Bolts win in the shootout. Twice.
Vinny is welcomed home, Stamkos scores from an impossible angle, and Trochek gets a questionable goal.
- Former Lightning superstar and hometown hero Vincent Lecavalier was honored with a Welcome Home Ceremony at last night’s game. “It’s nice to be able to be back in Tampa, to watch this team, and to root for them... It’s just a great ride to be able to play here, to wear the jersey, and to go through everything we’ve been through. It’s just been a great ride.” [Fox Sports]
- Captain Steven Stamkos netted his second goal of the season and it was a beauty. Down 3-2 in the final seconds of the regulation, Stamkos took a wide shot to the far top corner of the net, tying the game and forcing overtime. Stamkos said his goal was “probably one of the best shots of my career.” [Tampa Bay Times]/
- Florida forward Vincent Trochek allegedly scored a goal in the shootout. It was originally waived off by the referees, but the official review room in Toronto overturned that decision and awarded the goal to Florida. Pat explains why that was the wrong call. [SB Nation]
- Luckily, rookie Brayden Point chose this particular moment to showcase why he belongs in the NHL by scoring his first shootout goal and securing two points for the Lightning along with first place in the Atlantic Division. [TSN]
- Jonathan Drouin has really found his rhythm this season and appears to be the driving force on the top line of Palat-Stamkos-Drouin. Coach Cooper believes that Drouin has a better understanding of the pace of play in the NHL. “I think the game’s starting to slow down for Jo,’’ Cooper said. [TSS]
- Ryan Callahan has a new neighbor. Victor Hedman just bought himself a fancy new place near Cally on Davis Island. [Tampa Bay Sports Business Journal]/
- Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa scores his 500th NHL goal! [Second City Hockey]
- Despite missing Carey Price in net, the Canadiens are doing just fine. Backup goaltender Al Montoya shut out the Penguins in the home opener. [Sportsnet]
- Lightning fans may remember meeting James Wisniewski this preseason. The right-handed defenseman was offered a professional tryout with the Bolts, but didn’t make the roster. It looks like he might be headed to the KHL. [NBC Sports]
- A college team goalie gets the phone call of his dreams - he gets to suit up as an emergency backup in the NHL. "My heart pretty much stopped right there.” [CTV News]
- The Bolts aren’t the only team who like to make a comeback. For the third consecutive game, the Vancouver Canucks have won despite never holding a lead in regulation. The first two games went to overtime and last night’s game went to the shootout. [CBC Sports]/