Tampa Bay Lightning 5 New Jersey Devils 4
Here are my final thoughts in the same format as the live blog was throughout the night.
-Wow what a game
-It seemed like it was going to be a bore-fest in the first period, but that was not the case.
-Steven Stamkos is the real deal and so is Tampa Bay’s offense.
-The Devils really cannot win after three periods of play.
-The Devils blew a two goal lead twice tonight.
-Shake it off and beat Florida tomorrow night.
My Three Stars of the Game
First Star- Steven Stamkos: Not only did he score his league best 24th and 25th goals tonight, he could have scored 26, 27, and 28. Stamkos is a top notch player. He even added an assist on the game-tying goal as he paced his team to quite a comeback victory tonight.
Second Star- Andy Greene: Greene put in a great effort tonight offensively and defensively. He had a goal and an assist early in the game, and put in a good effort on a 4 on 3 penalty kill in overtime.
Third Star- Matt D’Agostini: D’Agostini was great tonight and the score sheet reflects this. He registered his first two points as a New Jersey Devil.
Honorable Mention- Martin Brodeur: The Lightning had quality scoring chances the entire game and Brodeur stood on his head, even though he surrendered four goals and two shootout goals. This could have easily been a crooked number game. Thankfully it wasn’t 8-4 or 9-4.
Be sure to check out David Garrison’s complete recap.