The Lightning turns to Brown and Filppula

by Gary Shelton on November 19, 2015 · 0 comments

in general, Tampa Bay Lightning

 

Brown, Filppula celebrate their winning goal.

Brown, Filppula celebrate their winning goal.

Thursday, 11:56 p.m.

J.T. Brown, of course, is the assist man. The dealer. The orchestra leader.

And why not? Brown had two assists this year coming into Thursday night's game. He had six last year. Surely, you would expect the puck to be on his stick in the final 65 seconds of play. You would expect him to be the guy pulling Henrik Lundqvist to the left side of the goal, then feed it to a teammate.

Valterri Filppula, of course, was the finisher. The one-timer. The unstoppable force.

And why not? Filppula had a goal — just one — coming into the game. He had 12 last year. The truth be told, he would normally be the guy dealing the assists if, oh, three of the Lightning's top goal-scorers weren't missing in action.

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