Well, that certainly was a day to remember.
In his first NHL game, and on his very first shot, Ross Colton scored the game-opening (and game-winning) goal in the 1st period and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 25 saves for his first shutout of the season as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the visiting Carolina Hurricanes 3-0 on Wednesday night at Amalie Arena.
Blake Coleman also scored in the 1st & Barclay Goodrow added an empty-netter late to seal the deal for Tampa Bay.
Colton set up shop in front and quickly fired a centering pass from Victor Hedman past Carolina goalie Alex Nedeljkovic to score his 1st NHL goal & give Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead.
The Lightning's second goal of the period was a perfect combination of speed and crisp passing.
With the second power play unit racing into the zone, Patrick Maroon tipped a pass to a streaking Yanni Gourde down the right wing. Gourde picked his head up and perfectly placed a pass on the stick of Coleman and he re-directed it by Nedeljkovic to make it 2-0.
The Bolts locked it down defensively the rest of the game and the icing on the cake was Goodrow's goal with 34.8 seconds left to send the small crowd at Amalie home happy.
Nedeljkovic stopped 25 of the 27 shots he saw on the evening.
- Tampa Bay - Colton - (Hedman, Killorn) - 6:43
- Tampa Bay - PPG - Coleman - (Gourde, Killorn) - 17:27
- Tampa Bay - ENG - Goodrow - (Unassisted) - 19:25
- Carolina - McGinn - (Hooking) - 16:19
- Tampa Bay - Foote - (Holding the Stick) - 10:17
- Tampa Bay - Sergachev - (Interference) - 7:18
What's Next For The Bolts : The Lightning are back in action tomorrow night as they welcome in, once more, the Carolina Hurricanes. Puck drop is slated for 7:00pm with the pregame show starting at 6:00pm on NewsRadio WFLA.