Tampa Bay Lightning Recap: Closing out the season with a win
The Tampa Bay Lightning won their 46th and final game of the 2022-23 regular season by a score of 5-0 over the Detroit Red Wings at home.
Brian Elliott earned a 32-save shutout in the possible swan song for a 17-season career. Elliott finishes the regular season with career marks of 279 wins in 572 games played, 45 career shutouts, a career 0.909 save percentage, all in 30,140 minutes of icetime.
Brayden Point scored his 50th goal of the season to become the third player in franchise history to hit that mark (Steven Stamkos x2, Vincent Lecavalier). He tacked on another for 51 goals and added an assist for 95 points.
Michael Eyssimont got his first goal with the Lightning in his 15th game as the last goal in the regular season this year. Left wingers Alex Killorn and Brandon Hagel also scored goals in the game, Hagel reaching the 30-goal milestone for the first time in his career.
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It was a comfortable win for the Lightning from start to finish as they netted nearly 5 expected goals for and allowed less than half to the Red Wings.
Killorn with a wicked chance through traffic to give the Lightning the lead early. Anthony Cirelli nearly scored in the of the net seconds before the goal from Killorn, so it took a cycle up to Mikhail Sergachev at the point to give Killorn just enough space to place the puck just over the pad of Ville Husso.
The Lightning did really well on rebounds in this game. Often the initial shot would be blocked, disrupted, or stopped by the Sens, but then they would be out of position enough for the second chances to get across. Hagel with a good example of that here with his 30th goal.
Brayden Point on the power play for number 50!! What an incredibly smart move from Point on his goal to move into free space while everything collapsed in front of him. He didn't panic and got the milestone. The goal was also his 20th power play goal of the season. The celebration after the goal was lovely.
Point got the empty netter from Hagel with four minutes to go in the game to really seal the deal.
Eyssimont got his goal right under the wire with 10 seconds to go in the season. He and Ross Colton were circling and hunting for the puck in the offensive zone until mistakes by the Red Wings gave them the opportunity.