Best of the Bolts: Blue Region - Round of 16 Voting
Voting for your favorite play of the 2016-17 Lightning season continues with the third region in the Round of 16
Voting for the Blue Region in the Best of the Bolts' Round of 16 starts at noon on Friday, May 19 and ends at noon on Monday, May 22. Each matchup is listed below and you can vote as many times as you'd like for your favorite play in each matchup on TampaBayLightning.com.
We're still scratching our heads at how Steven Stamkos found room to one-time this pass from Victor Hedman past Florida's James Reimer and into the top corner for a game-tying goal with 5.5 seconds remaining. Stammer's sharp-angle shot salvaged two points for the Bolts, who would go on to defeat the Panthers in a shootout when minutes earlier it looked like they would their first loss of the season.
The Lightning rallied from a 2-0 hole versus St. Louis, scoring five-consecutive goals to win 5-2. None, however, were as pretty as this passing sequence from Anton Stralman to Valtteri Filppula to Jonathan Drouin. Stralman's pass out of his zone and off the glass found Filppula streaking ahead. Filppula cut inside and passed on the doorstep for Drouin who made a move so severe, it left Blues goalie Jake Allen injured as a result.
How exactly Andrei Vasilevskiy was able to make this early-game save on Montreal's Phillip Danault is a mystery. The Lightning goaltender was well out of position and had his back to the play as Danault attempted a wraparound into an open net. Instinctively, Vasy jammed his left leg on the post just in time to thwart Danault and keep alive the Bolts' faint playoff hopes.