Team Recap: 18th-seeded ’10-’11 Tampa Bay Lightning

The 18th-seeded '10-'11 Tampa Bay Lightning

The 18th-seeded ’10-’11 Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Sean Bergenheim (LW)
    • 11 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   -3   33 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Marc-Andre Bergeron (D)
    • 9 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   1 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Eric Brewer (D)
    • 11 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   -1   29 S   0 GWG   10 PIM   0 Stars
  • Brett Clark (D)
    • 11 GP   1 G   7 A   8 P   +6   15 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   1 Stars
  • Cedrick Desjardins (G)
    • 1 GP   0 GS   0-0-0   2.00 GAA   .889 SV%   0 SO   0 Stars
  • Steve Downie (RW)
    • 11 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   -4   13 S   0 GWG   18* PIM   0 Stars
  • Simon Gagne (LW)
    • 11 GP   4 G   6 A   10 P   +9   36 S   1 GWG   2 PIM   1 Stars
  • Adam Hall (C)
    • 9 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   1 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Victor Hedman (D)
    • 11 GP   0 G   6 A   6 P   +2   20 S   0 GWG   8 PIM   0 Stars
  • Randy Jones (D)
    • 11 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   +2   1 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Pavel Kubina (D)
    • 11 GP   1 G   5 A   6 P   -1   12 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Vincent Lecavalier (C)
    • 11 GP   5 G   9 A   14 P   Even   61 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   2 Stars
  • Ryan Malone (LW)
    • 11 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   -4   26 S   0 GWG   6 PIM   0 Stars
  • Dominic Moore (C)
    • 11 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   -4   32 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Teddy Purcell (RW)
    • 11 GP   4 G   4 A   8 P   -1   50 S   1 GWG   0 PIM   3 Stars
  • Dwayne Roloson (G)
    • 11 GP   11 GS   4-6-1   3.09 GAA   .926 SV%   1 SO   7 Stars
  • Matt Smaby (D)
    • 0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Martin St. Louis (RW)
    • 11 GP   9 G   18* A   27* P   +11*   98* S   2* GWG   2 PIM   10* Stars
  • Steven Stamkos (C)
    • 11 GP   13* G   7 A   20 P   +7   46 S   0 GWG   6 PIM   8 Stars
  • Nate Thompson (C)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Dana Tyrell (C)
    • 10 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars

* – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 4-6-1
  • Goals Scored: 42
  • Goals/Game: 3.82
  • Goals Allowed: 36
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 3.27
  • Shots: 502
  • Shots Allowed: 479
  • Shots/Game: 45.6
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 43.5
  • # of PP’s: 26
  • PPG’s: 7
  • PP%: 26.9%
  • TSH: 23
  • PPGA: 5
  • PK%: 78.3%
  • Penalties in minutes: 54

The ’10-’11 Tampa Bay Lightning was a team that kind of came out of nowhere that year to make a run deep in the playoffs. They were making their Ultimate NHL Playoff debut and were able to match what last year’s representative did in the inaugural tournament. In fact, they posted the same exact win-loss record. However, due to a shuffling off the seeds, the ’10-’11 Lightning were a lower seed and did not receive a First Round bye like in the inaugural tournament.

First Round:

Defeated 47th-seeded ’34-’35 St. Louis Eagles in seven games after falling behind two games to one

Second Round:

Swept by 15th-seeded ’00-’01 Colorado Avalanche

Under new head coach Guy Boucher, the ’10-’11 Lightning posted a 46-25-11 record, which was good for 103 points and 2nd in the Southeast Division. Tampa finished the season ranked seventh offensively, averaging 3.01 goals per game, but they were 22nd in the league defensively, averaging 2.93 goals per game. Hockey Reference listed Tampa’s strength of schedule as 25th in the league and their SRS had them as the 18th-best team in the league that year. Their 0.04 SRS is the fifth-best rating in Lightning history for a single season. All that being said, the Lightning were the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. After falling behind the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in the Conference Quarterfinal, they took Game’s 5 and 6 to force a Game 7 where they shutout Pittsburgh 1-0 to advance to the Conference Semifinal. There they swept the top-seeded Washington Capitals, who collapsed as usual. Then, in the Conference Final, neither team won back-to-back games. Tampa had beat the Boston Bruins in Game 6 to force a Game 7, only to lose 1-0 in that seventh game.

The ageless Martin St. Louis was Tampa’s leading scorer during the regular season with 99 points in 82 games while 20-year-old Steven Stamkos was second with 91 points, also in 82 games. Those two had a huge lead as the third-leading scorer totaled just 54 points. Stammer was also the top goal-scorer for the Lightning with 45 goals while MSL was second with 31 goals. MSL and Stammer were also first and second on the team in assists with 68 and 46, respectively, as well as the two-highest Point Shares at 12.2 and 11.3. St. Louis also was awarded the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for the ’10-’11 season. Noted goon and dumbass Steve Downie, posted the highest penalties in minutes for Tampa at 171, which was almost 100 more than the next highest total, which was Stammer with 74. Goaltending was a revolving door for Tampa. They had three netminders make at least 20 starts, but it was Dwayne Roloson who appeared the most and led them during their playoff run. He made 34 starts in the regular season and posted a 18-12-4 record with a 2.56 goals against average and a .912 save percentage. He was the only of the three goalies to post a save percentage above .900. Depth, veteran Sean Bergenheim posted the highest Corsi%, of players who appeared in more than half of the regular season, at 55.8% while the next highest was Ryan Malone at 54.7%. Those two also were the top two in Fenwick percentage, for players who appeared in more than half of the games.

Up next are the 17th-seeded ’88-’89 Calgary Flames!

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