Are you here today for yet another hockey post? I hope so, because that is what I am serving up this morning.
Over the weekend, my Tampa Bay Lightning (still miraculously ranked #1) played the Winnipeg Jets, who used to be ranked #2. I was worried my Lightning couldn’t pull off a win against such a strong team, and it was a tense game (i.e., there was a lot of yelling and cussing from my general direction), but in the end, Tampa won in overtime, 4-3.
Yesterday, the Lightning played the St. Louis Blues, who had moved up to the #2 spot when the Jets dropped. My team rose to the occasion, and then some, with a hard-fought win of 3-0. Don’t let the score fool you: it was not an easy win. But we had good ol’ Vasilevskiy (our goalie) in our arsenal. I mean, check this guy out:
He made 32 saves during that game, including a breakaway. Did you know he leads the NHL in wins, with 20? Or that he is only the sixth goalie in NHL history to reach a 20-win mark in his first 25 appearances in a season? Aren’t you glad you read my blog to learn these things?
I’m trying not to get too excited here. It’s not unheard of for my team to suddenly develop amnesia and start playing like they have never heard of hockey. Inconsistency is their middle name. But maybe that’s changing. Maybe this is their year. If they keep playing like they played last night (and that’s a big “if”), then they sure as hell have a shot.