Lightning Advance after famous Game 7 performance
The Tampa Bay Lightning have done it again. They picked up their ninth straight playoff win in incredible fashion on Saturday night in Game 7 at the hockey mecca.
Despite losing Brayden Point to a frightening injury in the first period, the Lightning managed to put on one of the most remarkable performances in franchise history. They not only added another chapter to their dynastic run, but they also etched another chapter in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ tortured recent history, in what was perhaps the most satisfying victory in recent years. which was not for the Stanley Cup.
The seventh game is where heroes are created and names are remembered forever. Andrei Vasilevskiy’s name will be forever remembered no matter what happened last night, but he added another all-time performance to his record.
Vasilevskiy was not at his best in this series. But his performance in Game 7 reminded you that he is the best goalkeeper on the planet. His back-to-back winning streak may have come to an end, but the belief that he wouldn’t give up another goal was real. He made stoppage after stoppage and once again proved to be one of the greatest playoff performers in history.
Andrei Vasilevskiy has stopped 258 of 266 shots (.970 SV%) in 9 series decisive wins since 2020. Absurd.
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) May 15, 2022
Speaking of heroes, you may have heard of them, but Nick Paul had the night of his life. If you had heard that a Toronto-area native would make the biggest score in Game 7, Paul wouldn’t have crossed your mind first. With his pair of goals, the aggressiveness of Julien BriseBois at the deadline for exchanges was validated once again.
Regardless of what happens during his remaining time in Tampa Bay, he will never be forgotten for his two goals in Game 7, especially the beauty that ended up being the game winner.
In these kinds of games, it’s often the “other” guys who end up pushing the team over the top, and Nick Paul was that guy. Not only did he score twice, but he recorded huge minutes while keeping the lead. He played over 22 years and proved to be huge as a defensive presence.
No matter where this Lightning team ends up going in the playoffs, they’ll always have that game. A surgical team effort on the road without one of their best players. A performance of a lifetime.
And by the way, you don’t have to thank us for Nick Paul’s heroism. Sometimes you just have a feeling.
I have this feeling about Nick Paul tonight.
— Bolts By The Bay (@BoltsByTheBay) May 14, 2022