DIRK SHADD | Times
Yanni Gourde is one of the rookies playing a role in this Lightning push.
TAMPA — It takes all kinds.
The Lightning's back-from-the-grave parade was back at Amalie Arena on Monday night. And as has been recent custom, it went beyond its best players being its best players, a must at this time of year.
Monday, that meant a breakaway goal from center Yanni Gourde (pronounced, "Did that guy just win the game?'') to end a frenzied overtime and punctuate a riveting 5-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. The Lightning came from 4-1 down in the second period to pull within a point of Boston for the final wild card.
Yanni Gourde. His second NHL goal.
Sure, why not?
This improbable late charge by the Lightning after it was written off (I did some of the writing) is being underwritten not just by Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman and Jonathan Drouin and Andrei Vasilevskiy and Anton Stralman - but by players to the rescue, household names in only their households.
Monday night, Yanni Gourde's number came up.
His second NHL goal. A winner.
"I've worked very hard to be here, since a long time ago," Gourde said. "I was once at a crossroads of my career. It's very special to be here tonight for this." …Full Story
Nikita Kucherov, left, hugging Victor Hedman, had a hat trick Thursday to again remind us that this franchise has a rising superstar on its hands.
Hey, has anybody seen that clown who said the Lightning was dead and buried?
Let me know when you see him.
I'll shut up now.
Give it up for the Lightning. And give up trying to figure it out.
It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside a 6-3 win at Boston on Thursday night.
Put a toe tag on the team, and they start tap dancing.
Just like that, with a win in a city where they never win, the Lightning is three points back of the eighth-place
Bruins — and with a game in hand.
This just two days after the Lightning seemingly gave up its ghost with a third straight home loss, against lowly Arizona no less.
Only someone forgot to send the doomsday memo to Lightning coach Jon Cooper.
And to Nikita Kucherov, who made a hat trick Thursday, again reminding us that this franchise has a rising superstar on its hands. Make it 16 goals and 27 points for Kucherov in the last 15 games.
And to Jonathan Drouin, who snapped out of a funk and scored to put the Lighting ahead to stay in the third period and who added two assists.
And to Brayden Point, who has made his mark and then some this season, adding another goal and assist Thursday. …Full Story