Paquette scores winner, Tampa Bay Lightning lead series 2-1


Cedric Paquette scored the game winning goal for the Lightning in their Game 3 win over Chicago on Monday. Paquette poked home a goal in front of the net off a nice play from Victor Hedman at the 16:49 mark of the third period to seal the deal for the Lightning. It was his second goal in as many games and third of the playoffs for the checking forward.  Hedman had two primary assists while Ryan Callahan scored and added an assist in the win.

Despite obvious injury, Bishop hung in there and made 36 saves on 38 shots to get the all-important Game 3 “W” It was Tampa Bay’s fourth straight win on the road and Bishop was outstanding, especially in a first period that could have a five goal frame for the Blackhawks. the shot clock read 19-7 in favor of the home-side by the first intermission. This was the stuff of legend for the Lightning’s number one guy and if they go on to win the cup, this performance will be referenced for years.

Can we actually expect Ben Bishop to bail his team out every game? Let’s face it, the Tampa Bay Lightning have sat back for abnormally large stretches of game play through the first three games. If you asked me, Tampa Bay should be thanking their lucky stars they have the lead in the Stanley Cup Final. “The Hockey Gods”, simply have not been on the side of the Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago missed two wide open that’s with the goalie out of position last night alone.

Tampa Bay would never admit this, but I would suggest even they are shocked at the fact that they carry the advantage to win the Stanley Cup with the way the first three contests have gone. If the Tampa Bay Lightning do find a way to establish a 60 minute effort. The Chicago Blackhawks chance that a modern-day dynasty three Stanley cups in six years, could be put in serious jeopardy.