For just the second time in franchise history the Tampa Bay Lightning have reached 50 wins. The latest win, which took place against the second-place Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night, was one for the record books. The Lightning rallied from down 3-0 to win in regulation, scoring the games final four goals and winning 4-3. The team went into the third period down 3-1 and scored 3 goals in the final period to secure the epic come from behind victory.
The scoring for Tampa Bay was diversified with Alex Killhorn, Nikita Kucherov, Ryan McDonagh, and Victor Hedman all scoring goals. Forward Yanni Gourde contributed 2 assists in the win for the leaders of the Atlantic Division. James van Riemsdyk had two goals for the Leafs in the loss.
Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy continued his dream season and secured his 41st win of the season, a franchise record. He made 27 saves on the night and did not surrender a goal in the final 25 minutes of play. Tampa Bay Forward Ryan Callahan did not play the final two periods as he exited the game while grabbing at his right shoulder. He will undergo testing on Wednesday to determine the seriousness of the injury. This season has been relatively injury-free for the club which has undoubtedly lead to some of their success.
The Lightning have only reached 50 wins once in their history which has spanned 26 years. They last reached the milestone in the 2014-15 season when they won 50 games and reached the Stanley Cup Finals, losing to the Chicago Blackhawks 4 games to 2. The club is 7-2-1 in their last 10 games.
It has been a dream season for the Lightning as they have tied their season wins record while still having 9 games to go in the regular season. Their record stands at 50-19-4 which is the best record in the league. They currently hold a 5 point lead in the Atlantic division to the second place Boston Bruins.
The Lightning next take the ice on the road at the New York Islanders on Thursday night. The Islanders are coming off a huge 4-1 win versus the Pittsburgh Penguins as they struggle to reach .500 with their playoff hopes already dashed.