Practice Report: Monday, February 18
The Tampa Bay Lightning returned to the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Monday to hold practice following a thrilling 6-5 overtime win against the Florida Panthers.
All players were accounted for on the ice for Monday morning’s session except Ryan Malone, of course, who remains out with a lower body injury.
Here are some of the highlights from Monday morning:
LINDY BACK IN NET
Though there wasn’t a whole lot of discussion regarding lineup personnel for Tuesday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, head coach Guy Boucher did reveal that he will go with Anders Lindback between the pipes for a second consecutive game.
Lindback earned the win on Saturday afternoon at Florida, making 25 saves in a 6-5 come-from-behind overtime victory.
After missing some action last week due to illness, Lindback said it was just a minor, 24-hour bug and that he is 100 percent and ready to go.
BEN THERE, DONE THAT
A player who somewhat had flown under the radar for the first few games of the season, Benoit Pouliot is beginning to heat up.
The Lightning forward scored twice against Florida on Saturday, including 1:19 into overtime for the game-winner, to notch his fifth goal of the season. The display was just a glimpse of what Pouliot has been doing more of recently, as he has registered points in three straight games with two goals and four points in that span.
But Pouliot also has points in all but three of his past nine games, indicating that he is becoming more comfortable to the style of play in Tampa Bay, and using the most of his 12:38 of average ice time, as he also is a plus-5 and is second on the team with nine takeaways.
“I feel like I have good hands and a big body, so I try to go in the front of the net and maybe set a screen or look for a rebound,” Pouliot said. “It’s a rough area, but it feels good to contribute.”
Not only did Alex Killorn relish the thought of scoring his first career NHL goal on Saturday against the Panthers, but he even earned credit for yet another distinction.
It was Killorn’s goal at 6:51 of the first period that pulled Tampa Bay in front 2-1, giving the Lightning their first lead in 362 minutes, 12 seconds, going back to the first period of a February 2 game with the Rangers.
“I didn’t know that actually,” Killorn said. “But it’s pretty cool to know that I kind of shifted the momentum there for at least a little while, and that I did it with my first goal.”