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Player of the Week: Blake Coleman

Coleman led the Bolts in scoring last week

by Jacob Lynn @TBLightning /

Blake Coleman led the team in scoring last week, as the Lightning went 3-0-1 and clinched a playoff berth. 

Coleman began the week with a goal and an assist in the win over the Blackhawks on Tuesday that clinched Tampa Bay a playoff spot. He picked up the secondary assist on Yanni Gourde's first period goal and one-timed home a drop feed from Tyler Johnson in the second period to extend the Lightning's lead to three.

On Thursday against Dallas, Coleman was awarded a penalty shot for the first time in his career and converted to give the Bolts an insurance marker in the third period. With the Lightning killing off a penalty, Coleman forced a turnover in the neutral zone and was dragged down from behind by John Klingber on the ensuing breakaway. Coleman kept it simple on the penalty shot, going high to the glove side on Jake Oettinger. 

Video: DAL@TBL: Coleman beats Oettinger on a penalty shot

Just like everyone else on the Bolts, Coleman was held off the scoresheet in Saturday afternoon's shutout loss in Detroit but bounced back with a two-point performance the following day. He opened the scoring just 16 seconds into Sunday's game, snapping home a shot from the slot after Barclay Goodrow forced a turnover behind the Red Wings' net. He also added an assist on MIkhail Sergachev's game-winning goal early in the second period. 

Coleman finished the week as Tampa Bay's leading scorer with three goals and five points. He also took a team-high 14 shots, including seven in Sunday's win at Detroit. 

Game Log
4/27 at CHI - 1G, 1A
4/29 vs. DAL - 1G
5/1 at DET - 1S
5/2 at DET - 1G, 1A

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