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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Nick Paul of the Lightning capitalises on adversity.

For Lightning's Nick Paul, adversity creates opportunity.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Stanley Cup champions find themselves in yet another tight situation on Saturday night.
  • Tampa Bay forward Brayden Point attempted to return to the game in the second period after suffering an injury in the first, but could not do so.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have faced adversity before.

The back-to-back Stanley Cup champions find themselves in yet another difficult predicament on Saturday night. And, as they have so many times before, the battle-tested crew rose to the challenge.

The Lightning was pushed to the limit by a determined Toronto Maple Leaf team in Game 7 of their best-of-seven series, but they came out on top 2-1.

Since being swept by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of the 2019 playoffs, Tampa Bay has won 9 consecutive playoff series, with this 1st round series versus Toronto proving to be one of their toughest challenges in that time.

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“It was a nail-biter of a series.” After the game, star Tampa defenseman Victor Hedman stated, “They have some amazing players.” “Today’s game was tight; it could have gone either way.”

But, despite a hard-fought triumph, the game went to the Lightning in the end. After sorrowing an injury in the first period, Tampa Bay forward Brayden Point attempted to return to the game in the second but could not do so.

The Lightning overcame the loss of Point, who scored 28 goals in 66 games this season.

Tampa Bay was again forced to step up in the face of a difficult scenario after losing one of their top players.

When questioned about his team’s reaction to Point’s injury, Lightning head coach Jon Cooper remarked, “I don’t think you can do what we’ve done the last couple of years, but if you have players who can answer the way, they did.” “They’ve done it before, and we shouldn’t be surprised they did it again.”

For Lightning's Nick Paul, adversity creates opportunity.
For Lightning’s Nick Paul, adversity creates opportunity. Image from trend

Although Tampa Bay had plenty of hockey postseason experience, it was forward Nick Paul, who played in his first-ever Match 7, who gave the Lightning a boost. Paul scored both of Tampa’s goals, his first two postseason goals.

After his teammate Corey Perry remarked earlier Saturday morning about how Game 7s can be a chance for players to establish a name for themselves, it was a fitting breakout for the depth forward. On the other hand, Paul was keen to give credit to his comrades.

“You know, it’s the plays around it,” Paul explained. “It’s a team sport.” I was the one who put the puck in the net, but everyone on the rink made the plays.”

The Lightning’s quest for the NHL’s first three-peat since the 1982 New York Islanders will continue in the second round when they face the President’s Trophy-winning Florida Panthers in an intra-state matchup. Last year’s playoffs saw the Lightning overcome the Panthers in the first round.

Source: Global news

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