After falling behind early, something they’ve made a habit of doing recently, the Lightning kicked things into high gear. And what do you know, it worked, as Tyler Johnson barely snuck one over the shoulder of Jhonas Enroth. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the end of back-and-forth hockey, with both teams netting another goal before Alex Killorn literally killed the Sabres chances of mounting a comeback (See, there’s a reason fans call him Killer Killorn).
The game itself wasn’t pretty though. Both teams showed their youth by overskating pucks, trying to make fancy plays and committing lots of stupid penalties. Obviously, that must clean up before the schedule really begins to heat up.
Ben Bishop wasn’t perfect, but made the saves needed to give his team a chance, which is a great sign considering the Lightning’s well-documented goaltending woes. So recognizable that last season they sacrificed bright young prospect Cory Conacher to acquire one of the best prospects in net.
While gambling doesn’t seem to be the Lightning’s style, except possibly in game situations, that trade might very well be a win for both sides. Bishop’s 2-0-0, allowing no more than a couple goals per game so far this season, while Conacher’s got one goal in just two games for the Ottawa Senators.
Even so, the question of whether Bishop can continue his great play remains. I, along with many other Lightning fans, have seen enough streakiness when it comes to that position it takes light years off our lives.
Actually, the team’s gotten good at doing that too. Two consecutive games, two early deficits, two blood pressure raising, nail biting wins.
Now can the Lightning please try scoring first and holding the lead throughout? It might save Tampa Bay fans lives, incredibly important considering their home opener’s Thursday night against the Florida Panthers. A win would be amazing; doing so without causing near heart attacks might be even better.