The Stat Line Of The Night — 5/25/11 — Martin St. Louis
Heading into Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, much of the focus was on the lack of production from Tampa Bay’s “Big Three” of Martin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos and Vincent Lecavalier. In their previous three games, they have combined for one goal (an empty netter) and two assists, which is clearly not good enough if the Lightning hope to stay alive and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. They are now one win away from doing just that, thanks in large part to last night’s offensive outburst from the trio of St. Louis, Stamkos and Lecavalier.
Martin St. Louis led the way with two goals and an assist in the game. His first goal helped the Lightning pull even with the Bruins at 2-2 in the second period, and he would record an assist on the Lightning’s fourth goal of the game, which put them up by two. The Bruins brought it back to withing one, but St. Louis would notch his second of the game and restore Tampa’s two-goal lead. The Bruins came within one once again only a few minutes later, but that was as close as they would come as the Lightning escaped with a crucial 5-4 victory, tying the series at 3-3.
In the end, St. Louis (2G, 1A), Stamkos (1G, 2A) and Lecavalier (2A) combined for a total of three goals and five assists on the night. They needed to step up their game if the Lightning were going to live another day, and they did just that. However, their job is not done yet as they need one more win to close out the series and book a date with the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup Finals. To make matters worse, they will have to record that win in the unfriendly confines of Boston’s TD Garden. The Lightning certainly have the firepower to come away with a win in Game 7, but they will need St. Louis to provide a performance similar to the one that earned him the “Stat Line of the Night” for Wednesday, May 25, 2011.