February 1, 2013 - Lightning take an early lead, and end it with the score of 8-3. Photos: R. Pitts/ CC Media + Entertainment
Steven Stamkos met with fans during the holidays!
Photots from the Bolts' 4-3 win over Buffalo on October 25th, 2011
by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE
The Lightning players and head coach Jon Cooper spoke following Thursday's 2-1 shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings. Click below to hear the locker roomk interviews.
Head coach Jon Cooper
G Ben Bishop (28 saves during regulation and overtime, 6 for 6 in shootout)
C Martin St. Louis (scored game-winning goal in shootout)
RW Nikita Kucherov (Second period goal tied game 1-1)
photo credit: Getty Images
Ben Bishop's performance led Tampa Bay to a shootout win over Detroit
by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE
Ben Bishop stopped 28 saves in regulation and overtime, and six more in a shootout, as Martin St. Louis' goal in the sixth round proved to be the deciding factor in Tampa Bay's 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings
The game was scoreless until late in the first period, when a Gustav Nyquist shot hit Bishop in the blocker, and as puck dropped down at the side of the goal mouth, Kyle Quincey smashed the puck home for a 1-0 Red Wings lead.
Tampa Bay had a couple of excellent opportunities to tie the game in the second period, including a shorthanded breakaway by St. Louis that he shot wide of the net, but couldn't even the contest until the final minute of the period, when Nikita Kucherov wristed the puck from above the hashmarks past Jonas Gustavsson to make it a 1-1 game.
The two teams held each other off the scoreboard through the final 20 minutes of regulation, a five-minute overtime, and five full shootout rounds before St. Louis was able tyo squeak a puck past Gustavsson to start the sixth round. Bishop stopped Johan Franzen's attempt to seal the victory.
The Lightning next head to New jersey for a matchup with the Devils Saturday in Newark.
1. DET: Kyle Quincey (1). Assists - Nyquist, Franzen. Time - 15:04
1. TB: Nikita Kucherov (3). Assist - Brown. Time - 19:16
TBL - 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | X
DET - 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0
1. TB G Ben Bishop (28 regulation / OT saves, 6 shootout saves)
2. DET G Jonas Gustavsson (26 saves in regulation / OT, stopped 5 of 6 shots in shootout)
3. TB RW Nikita Kucherov (1 goal on team-high 4 shots on net)
BY: John Mamola / 620wdae.com
If you believe that Tampa Bay Lighthing General Manager Steve Yzerman’s job is tough just handling the roster of the Bolts, how about the roster that will represent a country in the upcoming Sochi Olympic Games this February? That’s the task at hand for Yzerman as Team Canada looks for back to back gold medals with the rosters to be announced on January 7th of next year.
Two possible players that could be in the mix for Team Canada including two of the Lightning’s biggest stars in Steven Stamkos, and Martin St. Louis. Stamkos currently rehabbing from a broken right tibia has said his goal is to be playing for Team Canada in February, and that wouldn’t surprise TSN’s Darren Pang a single bit.
“It will surprise no one is Steven Stamkos returns before the Olympics and plays in the Olympics, and leads Tampa Bay to a really good playoff year” said Pang on WDAE’s ‘The Sports Page’ Thursday morning. “As soon as he returns it’s going to be really something. There will probably be a little bit of a drop off which usually happens with players, because of the emotions of getting back. Then it will be a pretty high level of play after that.”
As for St. Louis, Pang believes the decision to possibly include the 38 year old veteran winger could come down to what Team Canada’s coaching staff would want at the forward position. Pang believes that St. Louis wouldn’t be a bad pick if Yzerman wants to place him on the roster.
“You can’t go wrong having a guy like Marty (St. Louis) on your team in my opinion. Whether he plays a lot or whether he doesn’t play a lot, he’s still such a great individual and great character that you can’t go wrong having him on the team” said Pang.
The Olympics begin in Sochi, Russia on February 7th, 2014.