Goals. They’re kind of… um, the goal of a hockey game. Goaltending and defense help teams to have the best possible chane at winning, but it doesn’t mean much if no one gets the biscuit in the basket. So far this season the Tampa Bay Lightning have had an embarrassment of riches in that department. Over the course of their four game winning streak, they have scored a combined total of 20 goals. The most impressive part? Those goals aren’t just being scored by the names you might expect.
Sure, Steven Stamkos has 4 goals on the season thus far. But up until Tuesday’s game against the Florida Panthers, defenseman Eric Brewer had scored as many times as the reigning Rocket Richard Trophy winner. Sure, Marty St. Louis and Vinny Lecavalier have 3 goals. So do Tom Pyatt, Cory Conacher, and Ryan Malone. It’s not just the top lines that are producing which is one of the scariest thing about Tampa’s offense these days.
Consider this. The Lightning have had 13 different goal scorers so far. Prior to Tuesday’s game, there were several teams in the league that had scored fewer than 12 goals in total. The Bolts also have seven players who have scored at least 3 goals. Of the 21 skaters who have played in games so far for Tampa, 18 of them have at least one point. So far the only guys who have yet to record a point are Brian Lee, Nate Thompson, & Pierre-Cedric Labrie.
There will be some roster shifts with the back to back games this weekend. Some guys who have been scratched will get to see some playing time. Could all 21 skaters have registered a point by the end of the home stand? Possible? Sure. Improbable? Very. The novelty of talking about ridiculous hockey scenarios has yet to wear off though.