We’re tapping our sticks on the ice for Jon Cooper and the Lightning for inviting Weston Hermann, 11, to Saturday’s morning skate. Weston, who has a brain tumor, scored while skating a drill with Steven Stamkos. Great moment for a kid with cancer, and great moment for the Lightning for allowing him to be one of them for a day.
The Ducks went into the game with one of the worst power plays in the NHL, ranking 30th out of the 31 teams with only two goals in 31 opportunities. Naturally, they scored on each of their first two chances with the extra man against the Lightning. It was one of those nights for Tampa Bay.
Well, the Lightning wasn’t going to go undefeated at home all season. Matched against a bigger, heavier team from the Western Conference for the first time this season, the Lightning couldn’t play its usual speed game. Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov couldn’t find the space to do their thing.