One of these days Bryz had to give up more than two goals in game. The problem last night was that none of the Lightning’s three tallies coming after their second goal were Bryz’s fault. First there was a breakaway by Martin St. Louis to start the third period. 3-2 Bolts. Then Matt Carle floated a beautiful pass to Lightning forward JT Wyman, who briefly found himself in that Buick Unexpected Pleasures commercial* (for me? An insurance goal placed on my stick by the kindest defenseman in all the land? How unexpected.). 4-2.
*Next thing Wyman knew he was being serenaded by a bottomless ice girl and Peter Frampton in the Bolts’ locker room. Unexpected pleasures.
Q: Matt what happened there on that goal?
“I don’t know, I’d have to watch the replay but I don’t think I want to… so it’s kind of a give and go with Kimmo and I lost handle of it and it popped out in the front and Bryz didn’t see it. It’s just one of those things where I think the sooner I put it behind me the better off I’ll be. Obviously it’s gut wrenching to have that happen and I just want to apologize to my teammates and all the fans and everybody that paid a ticket to come to the game tonight. So it’s hard to swallow right now especially in a playoff race and where we are in the standings right now. Those are a huge two points that we needed.”
Scott Hartnell would add his league-leading 16th power play goal, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Lighning iced the game with an empty-net goal. 5-3, other guys.
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