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TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Benoit Pouliot to a one-year, one-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Pouliot was acquired from the Boston Bruins in exchange for forward Michel Ouellet and their fifth round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft on June 23.
Pouliot, 25, played in 74 games with the Boston Bruins last season, collecting 16 goals and 32 points to go along with 38 penalty minutes. The Alfred, Ontario native set career highs in goals and points last season. Pouliot ranked third on Boston in game-winning goals with five and eighth in goals and plus/minus (+16). He also skated in seven playoff games with the Bruins, posting a goal and two points
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Brian Lee to a two-year, one-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Lee, 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, played in 20 games with Tampa Bay after being acquired from the Ottawa Senators on February 26 in exchange for defenseman Matt Gilroy. Following his Bolts debut on February 28 he went on to record eight assists and 17 shots on goal while averaging 17:05 in ice time. In 2011-12, with both the Tampa Bay and Ottawa, he combined for career-highs in games played with 55, assists with 15 and points with 16.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired forward Benoit Pouliot from the Boston Bruins in exchange for forward Michel Ouellet and their fifth round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
Pouliot, 25, played in 74 games with the Boston Bruins last season, collecting 16 goals and 32 points to go along with 38 penalty minutes. The Alfred, Ontario native set career highs in goals and points last season. Pouliot ranked third on Boston in game winning goals with five and eighth in goals and plus/minus (+16). He also skated in seven playoff games with the Bruins, posting a goal and two points
from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,
“I haven’t been a starter in the NHL, so I can’t just anticipate I’m just going to come in and play,” said Lindback, acquired with center Kyle Wilson and a 2012 seventh-round pick for two ‘12 second-round picks, a ‘13 third-rounder and goalie Sebastien Caron. “I’ve got to work hard and prove myself. My goal is I want to win and play games and win the Cup. That’s why I play.”
Lindback played 38 games over two seasons in Nashville with a 2.53 goals against average and a 16-13-2 record. He’ll battle with returning Tampa Bay goalie Mathieu Garon, who was one of the first to send Lindback a text welcoming him to the club.
Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman, Lindback’s former teammate on Sweden’s world junior team, believes his buddy has the talent and “killer instinct” to be a No. 1 goalie.
“He’s a great goaltender,” Hedman said. “He’s a big guy with ability, he’s a modern goalie. He’s very fast, he’s flexible, and his mobility is unbelievable. He’s ready to come into Tampa, and get the opportunity. It’s going to be a challenge for him, but he’s ready for it.”
from Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times,
“He’ll have to earn the job,” Yzerman said of the No. 1 spot. “But we think he has the ability. We think he’s ready to take on more responsibility.”;;;
“I like his athleticism,” Yzerman said. “He moves well in the net. He reacts well and I think he has good, solid technique and an all-around structure.”...
More immediately important is Yzerman believes his goaltending search for the summer is done. The way Yzerman sees it, Lindback and returning Mathieu Garon will make a solid combination next season, regardless of who emerges as the No. 1. Yzerman also added depth by signing Riku Helenius from the Finish elite league.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Riku Helenius to a two-year contract, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today. The first year of Helenius’ contract will be a two-way deal, while the second will be a one-way.
Helenius, 24, played in 33 games for JYP of Finland’s SM-liiga, compiling a 1.64 goals against average and .936 save percentage. The 6-foot-3, 211-pound goaltender appeared in 13 playoff games this past season, posting a 1.73 goals against average and a .947 save percentage, helping lead JYP to the league championship. The Palkane, Finland native was also given the Urpo Ylonen Award as the top goaltender during the regular season.
The Finnish netminder was originally selected by Tampa Bay in the first round, 15th overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Helenius made his NHL debut with the Lightning on January 30, 2009 against the Philadelphia Flyers in a relief effort and stopped both shots he faced.
Well, you can take 15 minutes of your night and watch all 60 scored by Steven Stamkos this season.
Sportsnet had this video earlier, but it is only available to Canadian IPs, so thanks to ktornado for the upload.
Nice gesture by the Winnipeg fans too.
added 9:28pm, The HNIC call of the goal is below…
Peter Budaj with the perfect pass to Vinny Lecavalier.
The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Washington Capitals 4-2 to keep the Capitals two points ahead of the Sabres, who now have a game-in-hand on the Caps.
The turning point of the game came with the Capitals up 1-0 then Mike Green was robbed by Roloson which would have put the Caps up 2-0. Soon after the Bolts scored 2 quick goals.
With about 3 minutes left in the 3rd, the Caps did score and you thought this game was going to OT. But Stamkos scored with just over a minute to play then added an empty netter as time ran out.
Watch the Roloson save…
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