Superman Steven Stamkos walked out onto the ice, a mere two weeks after his injury to present Martin St. Louis with the silver stick for 1,000 games played in the NHL.
“It was very emotional, the whole presentation,” St. Louis said. “Seeing my wife, kids, and parents and then seeing the video, I couldn’t watch, I almost lost it.”
Before the ceremony, St. Louis confessed to head coach Jon Cooper he was nervous he would not be able to keep it together and they had a chuckle after the game.
“I said, ‘nobody is going to remember when you get two goals in one period,’” Cooper said.
Marty didn’t get two goals in one period, but he did get two goals in the game, as did Teddy Purcell. The scoring was opened at 2:12 in the first by Nikita Kucherov. The twenty year-old Russian scored in his first NHL game on his first shot, a feat rarely seen. That was a sign of things to come during the game as Marty scored his first of the game less than a minute later.
King Henk of New York was not on his game last night as he let the two quick first period goals in, and a last minute goal by Teddy Purcell in the third. Teddy had been trying to set up Marty for the hat trick, but the puck ended up on his stick and he had no choice but to shoot, a decision that paid off.
It was an exciting game for Bolts fans as their team advances to 15-8-1. They are second in the Eastern Conference behind Boston, tied with Pittsburgh at thirty-one points.
Next up they will face Vinny Lecavalier and the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday at 7:30 PM. The Flyers sit at 10-11-2 on the season