Just when I gave up on my Lightning, they resuscitated themselves and miraculously won the past two games. The series (best of 7, for my non-hockey fans) is now tied at 2-2.
Last night, they may as well as have placed a crown on Andrei Vasilevskiy’s goalie mask, bowed down reverently on the ice, and sang his praises to the highest peak of the arena, because with 38 shots on goal (compared to the Lightning’s 20), the goalie was working overtime to make up for the Lightning’s absolute lack of defense. It worked last night because Vasilevskiy was on fire. The problem is going to be when Vasilevskiy is tired or has an off night, which is not unheard of, and suddenly all those shots on goal by the opposing team translate into a heap of unanswered points.
So, they’re still in the fight for now. Game 5 is tomorrow, and I’m trying not to get too excited, but it’s hard. Advancing to the Stanley Cup finals would be exciting as hell, but first…let’s take care of game 5!