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GOALS COMING IN BUCKETS Written by Laci Bloomers - March 31st, 2009

March 31, 2009

The Tampa Bay Lightning have a 4-game win streak on the go, vaulting them into 5th place in the Eastern Conference.

During this current win streak, the Lightning have done something they have not done all season - score an abundance of goals.  To be precise, they have outscored their opponents by an astounding 25-4 margin in that period.

Perhaps it is not coincidence that those games are the 4 that the team has played since the Trade Deadline.  The two key acquisitions at the deadline for the club, Alex Tanguay and Ed Jovanovski, have been nothing short of stellar.

Jovanovski has been partnered with Dan McGillis, who has been one of the steadying forces on this club since he arrived earlier in the season.  Jovo, as he is called by his team mates, has picked up a pair of goals and 6 helpers in those 4 games as a Lightning, while compiling a +6.

Tanguay has found instant chemistry playing on a line with Rod Brind'Amour and Jeff Friesen.  Friesen himself arrived just a few days before the Deadline, and has scored a half dozen goals in that short time.  Since Tanguay joined the pair, replacing Jere Lehtinen, he has a goal and 5 helpers and is a ridiculous +8 in those 4 games.  For the record, Friesen is also a +8 in the last 4 games, and leads the team with a +26.

As the regular season winds down to the home stretch, the Lightning also have something they have not had all season long, and that is multiple scoring weapons.  In their latest 8-1 dismantling of the Atlanta Thrashers, 8 different players scored goals, including 3 defencemen.

Team leaders on the club with 14 games left are as follows:

31 Rod Brind'Amour
24 Bobby Holik
23 Mike Knuble

42 Bobby Holik
38 Rod Brind'Amour
36 Ed Jovanovski

69 Rod Brind'Amour
66 Bobby Holik
49 Mike Knuble

+26 Jeff Friesen
+18 Mike Knuble
+18 Mike Rathje

203 Mike Fisher
113 Bobby Holik
87  Roman Hamrlik

6 Rod Brind'Amour
6 Bobby Holik
5 Roman Hamrlik

2 Rod Brind'Amour
6 tied with 1

190 Rod Brind'Amour
161 Bobby Holik
152 Ed Jovanovski

304 Ed Jovanovski
235 Dan McGillis
206 Roman Hamrlik


- Laci Bloomers reporting -



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Great read, but I think I figured out why the Lightning have scored so much... The simmer has a do over if he dosen't score at least 5 gaols for AND wins! :P Great job Dave, keep it up! Written By: Matsson (2009-04-01 16:45:16)

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