The story heading into Thursday nights game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Edmonton Oilers was all about goaltending and a particular goaltender making a return. No one really had any idea that the story line would end up being more about Dwayne Roloson and his play, rather than former Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Nikolai Khabibulan. That is how it played out at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Thursday night, as Roloson made 32 saves on 34 shots, leading his team to a 3-2 overtime win over the visiting Oilers after a six round shootout.
It was not just the goaltending though, there were also other factors that led to a Lightning victory on this night. There were two goals from Tom Pyatt, his first career two goal game. Pyatt’s first goal was also the first goal he has scored on the power play. There were also goals from Steven Stamkos, Marty St. Louis, and Teddy Purcell in the shoot out, to keep the Lightning alive, and ultimate win the game.
But in the end, it was all about the goaltending.
“Its just a win for us,” Roloson said. “It’s not personal or anything, just a team win..its over and done with and now I am going to focus on the next game.”
The Good: Tom Pyatt. Pyatt contributed two goals for the Lightning, scoring them both from near the top of the goal crease, giving the bottom line forward ten goals on the year. Pyatt has been solid this season for Tampa Bay, and now has career highs in both goals and points for the Lightning this season.
Pyatt’s second goal was especially odd, as it appeared that three separate sticks reached the puck at the same time attempting to poke the puck into the net. It was not clear at first glance who got to the puck first, but replay’s showed it was Pyatt’s stick that won the race to the puck, giving him his second goal of the night.
“[Tim Wallace] actually got there first after seeing the replay, I thought” Pyatt said. “I was just happy it went in.”
Victor Hedman: The Lightning defenseman has been on a roll of late, and he is starting to collect points as well. In the last five games, Hedman has checked in with a goal and two assists, and against the Oilers, he checked in with just under 25 minutes of ice time.
Up Next: The Lightning will continue the home stand with a visit from the New York Islanders Saturday night at 7:00.