Khabibulin Posts 1.50 GAA, .962 SV% as Top-seeded ’03-’04 Lightning Sweep 5th-seeded ’13-’14 Lightning

(Photo via lightning.nhl.com)

The Bulin Wall has hit his stride as the ’03-’04 Lightning have not lost a game yet in their two rounds so far. (Photo via lightning.nhl.com)

Goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin was far and away the best player in this series. He began it by stopping 32 of 33 shots against in Game 1 as the top-seeded ’03-’04 Lightning won 4-1. Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards led the way offensively as the only two players to post a multi-point game. Then, Khabibulin stopped 40 of 42 shots against in Game 2 as the top seed won 4-2. Defenseman Dan Boyle and Vincent Lecavalier led offensively this time as they posted three assists and two goals, respectively. The top seed then took Game 3 by a score of 5-1 as five different players scored while only Boyle and fellow defenseman Cory Sarich were the only two post more than one point. Game 4 was the Bulin Wall’s best performance as he stopped 46 of 48 shots against while Lecavalier scored twice to lead the top seed to a 3-2 win. Meanwhile, goaltender Anders Lindback totaled an impressive 53 saves in Game 4 while Ondrej Palat posted a goal and an assist. 

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’13-’14 Lightning 0 1 0 1
’03-’04 Lightning 1 1 2 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’03-’04 TBL – 4   ’13-’14 TBL – 1   (1-0   ’03-’04 TBL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Martin St. Louis (’03-’04 TBL) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +3   5 S

2nd Star: G – Nikolai Khabibulin (’03-’04 TBL) – W   1.00 GAA   .970 SV% (32 SV’s)

3rd Star: C – Brad Richards (’03-’04 TBL) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   +3   6 S

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’13-’14 Lightning 1 0 1 2
’03-’04 Lightning 1 1 2 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’03-’04 TBL – 4   ’13-’14 TBL – 2   (2-0   ’03-’04 TBL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Nikolai Khabibulin (’03-’04 TBL) – W   2.00 GAA   .952 SV% (40 SV’s)

2nd Star: D – Dan Boyle (’03-’04 TBL) – 0 G   3 A   3 P   +2   4 S

3rd Star: C – Vincent Lecavalier (’03-’04 TBL) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   Even   4 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’03-’04 Lightning 0 5 0 5
’13-’14 Lightning 1 0 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ’03-’04 TBL – 5   ’13-’14 TBL – 1   (3-0   ’03-’04 TBL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Nikolai Khabibulin (’03-’04 TBL) – W   1.00 GAA   .971 SV% (33 SV’s)

2nd Star: D – Dan Boyle (’03-’04 TBL) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   1 S

3rd Star: D – Cory Sarich (’03-’04 TBL) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   2 S

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’03-’04 Lightning 2 0 1 3
’13-’14 Lightning 0 1 1 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’03-’04 TBL – 3   ’13-’14 TBL – 2   (4-0   ’03-’04 TBL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Nikolai Khabibulin (’03-’04 TBL) – W   2.00 GAA   .958 SV% (46 SV’s)

2nd Star: G – Anders Lindback (’03-’04 TBL) – L   3.00 GAA   .946 SV% (53 SV’s)

3rd Star: C – Vincent Lecavalier (’03-’04 TBL) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   Even   4 S

Up next in the other Semifinal is a matchup between the 3rd-seeded ’10-’11 Lightning and the 7th-seeded ’05-’06 Lightning!

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