3rd-seeded ’10-’11 Lightning Advance to Qualifier Final After Defeating 7th-seeded ’05-’06 Lightning in Five Games

(Photo via lightning.nhl.com)

The ’10-’11 Lightning have been solid in this tourney so far, posting a 8-1-2 record. However, they’ll be matching up against a team that hasn’t lost yet in the Final. (Photo via lightning.nhl.com)

The opening game of this series was about as close as it could get. The two teams were tied 2-2 after two periods, but with about four and a half minutes left in the third period, Sean Bergenheim scored to put the 3rd-seeded ’10-’11 Lightning up 3-2. They held on to that lead to take a 1-0 series lead. The 7th-seeded ’05-’06 Lightning responded with a 5-3 win in Game 2. They were backed by three goals in the second period and it was Brad Richards‘ three points (2G, 1A) that led them offensively. In Game 3, goaltender Dwayne Roloson posted a 42-save shutout as the ’10-’11 Lightning won 2-0. Goaltender John Grahame of the ’05-’06 Lightning also had a stellar game as he stopped 47 of 49 shots against in the losing effort. Then, the ’10-’11 Lightning rattled off four goals in the final seven minutes of the first period of Game 4. The line of Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier and Simon Gagne shined in Game 4 as they combined for three goals and seven assists in the win. The ’10-’11 Lightning wrapped up the series with a 5-3 win in Game 5 as Lecavalier and St. Louis both posted three-point games.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’05-’06 Lightning 1 1 0 2
’10-’11 Lightning 1 1 1 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ’10-’11 TBL – 3   ’05-’06 TBL – 2   (1-0   ’10-’11 TBL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Dwayne Roloson (’10-’11 TBL) – W   2.00 GAA   .952 SV% (40 SV’s)

2nd Star: G – John Grahame (’05-’06 TBL) – L   3.00 GAA   .930 SV% (40 SV’s)

3rd Star: C – Steven Stamkos (’10-’11 TBL) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +1   2 S

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’05-’06 Lightning 1 3 1 5
’10-’11 Lightning 2 0 1 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ’05-’06 TBL – 5   ’10-’11 TBL – 3   (1-1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Brad Richards (’05-’06 TBL) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +1   8 S

2nd Star: RW – Martin St. Louis (’10-’11 TBL) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   Even   12 S

3rd Star: G – John Grahame (’05-’06 TBL) – W   3.00 GAA   .935 SV% (43 SV’s)

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’10-’11 Lightning 1 1 0 2
’05-’06 Lightning 0 0 0 0

GAME SUMMARY:  ’10-’11 TBL – 2   ’05-’06 TBL – 0   (2-1   ’10-’11 TBL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Dwayne Roloson (’10-’11 TBL) – W   0.00 GAA   1.000 SV% (42 SV’s)

2nd Star: G – John Grahame (’05-’06 TBL) – L   2.00 GAA   .959 SV% (47 SV’s)

3rd Star: C – Vincent Lecavalier (’10-’11 TBL) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +2   7 S

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’10-’11 Lightning 4 0 2 6
’05-’06 Lightning 0 1 2 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ’10-’11 TBL – 6   ’05-’06 TBL – 3   (3-1   ’10-’11 TBL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Martin St. Louis (’10-’11 TBL) – 1 G   3 A   4 P   +3   10 S

2nd Star: LW – Simon Gagne (’10-’11 TBL) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +3   9 S

3rd Star: G – Dwayne Roloson (’10-’11 TBL) – W   3.00 GAA   .939 SV% (46 SV’s)

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’05-’06 Lightning 1 0 2 3
’10-’11 Lightning 1 3 1 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ’10-’11 TBL – 5   ’05-’06 TBL – 3   (4-1   ’10-’11 TBL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Martin St. Louis (’10-’11 TBL) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +1   5 S

2nd Star: LW – Sean Bergenheim (’10-’11 TBL) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   3 S

3rd Star: C – Vincent Lecavalier (’10-’11 TBL) – 0 G   3 A   3 P   +3   9 S

So, the 2015 Tampa Bay Lightning Qualifying Final will pit the 3rd-seeded ’10-’11 Lightning against the top-seeded ’03-’04 Lightning!

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