The Lightning acquired the six-foot-three thirty-five year-old from the St. Louis Blues on February 28, 2011 in a trade for Brock Beukeboom and Tampa’s third round pick in the 2011 draft. Between 2002-2007 he played internationally for Canada at several World Championships, the 2004 World Cup in Toronto, and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Even though they lost a strong defensive player, they were able to get Victor Hedman back on the ice. He was back after missing 18 games with a fractured finger suffered in early October.
David Legwand of the Ottawa Senators opening the scoring in the first with a power-play goal against Ben Bishop and the Sens were able to keep that lead going into the second. Ryan Callahan evened up the game with his third goal in the last two games. He is now second best in scoring on the team with 11 goals on the season.
The game was tied at the beginning of the third until Alex Killorn got a go-ahead goal to put the Bolts in the lead. The goal, his seventh of the season, extended his career-best point streak to seven games. The game became 3-1 when Brenden Morrow scored his first goal in a Bolts sweater in front of a sellout crowd of 19,204 at the Amalie Arena. The last goal saw Nikita Kucherov scoring a power-play goal thanks to the help of Tyler Johnson.
Johnson now leads the team with 17 assists, and Jason Garrison also earned his 12th assist of the year.
Tampa Bay entered Saturday’s game ranked third in the NHL for third period goals with 25 and with the victory, the Lightning win their third in a row
Bishop earned first start of the game by stopping 26-of-27 shots in a dominating performance in goal for the Lightning. Ryan Callahan and Alex Killorn were second and third stars.
The Lightning are on the road for back-to-backs against the New York Rangers on Monday, December 1, and the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday, December 2. The Bolts return to Amalie Arena for a four-game homestand, starting with the Sabres again on Thursday, December 4.