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Lightning win first game without Stamkos

Nov 12, 2013, 11:14 PM EST

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have a long way to go with crucial scorer Steven Stamkos, yet they passed their first of many tests without him on Tuesday, eking out a 2-1 shootout win against the Montreal Canadiens.

If the numbers say anything, it wasn’t one of those “hold on for dear life and hope for the extra shootout point” situations, though.

The Lightning bombarded the Habs with 45 shots on goal and only allowed 29. That’s quite the effort for a team that was facing back-to-back contests without a guy who easily led them in scoring.

Then again, maybe that’s the point. The Lightning were among the cream of the East’s crop without much of a mention before Stamkos’ injury. If they can keep this up without one of the league’s best forwards (a tall order, no doubt) maybe people will finally take notice of the team’s strengths beyond a few stars?

  1. tampabayirish - Nov 12, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Both goalies played great. Entertaining game to watch.

  2. joey4id - Nov 12, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Habs looked like a team that is still searching for it’s identity. If not for Price it would have been a blow out. Stamkos would have made a big difference in the game especially on the PP.

    • storminator16 - Nov 13, 2013 at 7:30 AM

      The Habs are a moving I’ve seen before: The “Micheal” Therrien Effect.

      • storminator16 - Nov 13, 2013 at 7:31 AM

        I meant “movie”.

  3. themagicfanguy - Nov 13, 2013 at 6:53 AM

    Hopefully we can continue to play well without Stamkos. GO BOLTS!

  4. shortsxit34 - Nov 13, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Now tell me that this game would have been more exciting if the score was 6-5.

    These games just prove what hockey players already knew–there’s no reason to change the rules every year for the sake of grabbing the attention of a handful of casual fans.

    What makes this sport so exciting are: scoring chances, great goaltending, physical play, and watching the passion these guys have (especially the Stamkos’s, Campbells, and Bergerons of the league that will play through any injury) for the love of the game, and for their teammates.

    Alright, I went on a tangent.

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