Killorn and Drouin Close Out Blues

By on December 22, 2016

Tampa, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning and the St. Louis Blues finished their home and home series tonight at Amalie Arena.  The Blues won the first meeting in St. Louis 5-4 on December 1st. Andrei Vasilevskiy, who got the start in St. Louis , was pulled after he surrendered four goals.

Due to Ben Bishop’s injury on Tuesday night here vs. Detroit,  Vasilevskiy got the start tonight and is the heir apparent as starter to Ben Bishop.  Kristers Gudlevskis was called up from Syracuse to serve as back-up.

Tonight, the Andrei Vasilevskiy starting goalie era, 2016-17 version,  started inauspicious as the Blues jumped to a quick two goal lead but ended with a jubilant win.

Entering the second period the Lightning came out listless behind their two-goal deficit.  And then… Midway through the period, on the power play, Brian Boyle redirected one past Jake Allen the Blues’ net-minder.  Victor Hedman took the shot from the center point and Boyle softly angled the puck past Allen.  It was Boyle’s eighth goal of the season with the secondary assist going to Jonathan Drouin.   This brought much needed life to the “Oil Can” and the Lightning team.  It seemed like a six goal deficit was cut in half.

As the second wound down the game was more evenly played and there was a sense the Lightning were in the game.  Then at 17:27 Michael Bournival tipped a Jason Garrison shot past Allen.  It was Bournival’s first goal of the season.

A little over five minutes into the third Anton Stralman made an elusive, forward like move in the offensive zone and feed a pass out high on the tape of Alex Killorn’s stick.  Killorn patiently waited, found a shooting lane a delivered.  Three unanswered goals to give the Lightning their first lead of the game.

With the score 3-2 and the home team on top a State Farm goal was delivered by Jonathan Drouin with 1:40 left with a jock dropping move on Jake Allen.  The goal sent the “Oil Can” into a frenzy.

Then later a chance to showoff, Drouin showcased his speed with :31 left as he added an athletic empty netter.  He not only outraced Blues defenseman Brad Hunt but came from behind to race by him.

The Lightning move to 17-14-3 and 37 points on the season.  The Lightning head to Washington tonight to play the Capitals tomorrow night then home for the holidays Wednesday with Montreal, Thursday with Toronto and Saturday New Year’s Eve with Carolina.

Don’t forgot to tune into the show Monday 1pm – 4pm ET as the The Hockey Hottie will be there with me.


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