by Jon Jordan on 05/26/11 at 11:07 AM ET
Quickly this morning, I just wanted to pass along a shot from today’s Tampa Tribune, which I believe captures a lot of what makes Martin St. Louis such an impact player for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
St. Louis, of course, led the Bolts last night with a three-point performance, including a pair of goals that gives him 10 this postseason and a share of the overall playoff lead in Tampa Bay’s 5-4 win to force a decisive Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Final in Boston Friday night.
We spoke after Game 5 of a need for the Lightning’s biggest stars to come through to ensure this series would go the distance and St. Louis, the undisputed driving force behind this team for years now, was leading that charge Wednesday. He, Vincent Lecavalier and Steven Stamkos combined for eight points and Teddy Purcell added a pair of goals for good measure in an electric Tampa Bay victory.
Photo by Chris Urso, TBO.com
The intensity in St. Louis’ face in the shot is a clear reflection of what he brings on a nightly basis. His point toward a teammate, presumably Steve Downie, who made the pass to set up the third period tally, indicates his humble nature, crediting a comrade for making his feat possible. And the timing of the goal, just 29 seconds after Boston’s David Krejci cut the Lightning’s lead in half, shows St. Louis’ penchant for delivering in the clutch.
If the Lightning are to advance, they’ll need their stars to shine yet again in Game 7. Should that happen, undoubtedly, Martin St. Louis will be a major part of that effort.
Just as he was in Game 6.
And just as this still shot of a single moment in time has so thoroughly captured.
The latest Q&A sessions between TheBruinsBlog.net‘s Matt Kalman and I will hit some time later today, just as soon as Mr. K is on the ground in Boston once again and settled in…
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