High-scoring Maroon leads Bolts

by Gary Shelton on March 31, 2023

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Maroon scored two goals./TIM WIRT

Friday, 4 a.m.

Say hello to Pat Maroon, scoring machine.

Maroon, more commonly known as an agitator, fighter and trash-talker, scored two goals in Thursday night's 5-1 victory over Washington. It was his fourth and fifth goals of the season.

Maroon scored two goals, both from putting distance. Now, at one point in his career, in 2016-17, Maroon had 27 goals. The last six years, including this one, he's had 11 or fewer, however.

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Vasi won his 33rd game./TIM WIRT

"Any time you're getting those goals two feet from the net, you’re doing something right," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "Good for Patty to get a couple of those."

And while you're at it, say hello to Andrei Vasilevskiy, yesterday's goalkeeper.

Despite his 33 victories, it hasn't been one of the stellar seasons for Vasy. But he's been sharp lately, giving up two in a loss to Boston, shutting out Carolina and stopped 30 of 31 against the Caps. In all, Vasi has stopped 93 of the last 96 shots against him (and 61 of the last 62).

"Two goals against, zero goals against, one goal against," pointed out Cooper.

And how about a mention for Steven Stamkos, buzzer-beater?

Stamkos scored his 32nd goal of the year with 2.8 seconds to play before the end of the first period.

Alex Killorn and Erik Cernak also scored of the Bolts.

Tampa Bay is home on Saturday against the New York Islanders. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Stamkos beat the horn in first period./TIM WIRT

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