06 December 2009
Before we get started, let me just say: Victor Hedman got his first NHL goal!
After all the hype of the first two 2009 draft picks facing each other last night, the Lightning had a perfect game shutting out the Islanders. All this, in front of a half empty arena, on a Saturday night.
Second shift in to the game, Ryan Malone opened up the scoring just 95 seconds into the game. The Islanders disagreed with the goal since they thought that the ref should have call the play dead, but the ref's mistake was our first goal. Nice quote from Roloson: “He whacked at it like five times and there’s no whistle, so yeah, you sort of expect for there to be a stoppage in play. But I guess everybody makes mistakes,".
The Lightning also got a power play goal from Steve Downie (sounds like such a juxtaposition) at the end of the 1st, another powerplay goal at the beginning of the second period from Halpern and of course, the goal from Hedman in the 3rd. Hedman's goal came halfway through the third from a pass through the slot from Lecavalier.
“My first-ever NHL goal feels pretty awesome. Let’s hope it doesn’t take 28 more games to get the next one,” Hedman said. “It was a great goal, and I promised my friends back home we’d have a celebration, so it was definitely awesome. It’s been a couple of games that I had a lot of good opportunities. I’ve fanned on a few shots and the puck has gone over my stick too, but it felt good to finally get one.”
Lecavalier, St. Louis and Meszaros all had two assists on the night and Mike Smith got his first shutout since Dec 23 2008.