Tampa Bay Lightning fans are certainly feeling the effects of having Steven Stamkos back in the lineup.
Stamkos had a goal and an assist in last night’s 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Valtteri Filppula, Ondrej Palat and Taylor Pyatt scored the other goals.
This was a huge two points for the Lightning. It puts them into a tie for second place with the Montreal Canadians. So the Lightning seemed to have moved on quite quickly from the exit of Martin St. Louis.
I believe if Stamkos continues to improve and Ben Bishop keeps playing well, this team could launch a lengthy playoff campaign. I’m sure that’s exactly what the players were thinking as the club honored the 2004 Stanley Cup Championship.
As for the Canucks, it’s another critical two points lost. However, there were some positives for head coach John Tortorella to take away from this game.
First of all, the team almost came back. Second, Burrows and Hansen scored more goals. In my opinion, the loss is a result of Eddie Lack’s play, which might I add has been in a steady decline.
Gillis should’ve never traded Luongo. But that’s all in the past now. I believe it is sheer luck that the Vancouver Canucks still have a chance to get in the playoffs. It baffles my mind how close the standings between the teams fighting for the last wild card spot.
I do hope the Canucks are able to repair the damage, and get on a winning streak in April.
But I know that the chances of that are very slim. However, it is going to be very interesting to see which team will pull away from the others and claim that final wild card spot.
Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://gms.to/1a2u3KU