Marty, Richie move on to Round 2 thanks to Pouliot

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Were you betting that Benoit Pouliot would have been your former Bolt Game Seven Hero?

I wasn’t either.

Pouliot was the only former Lightning player to register a point in Game Seven between the loaded Lightning rosters of the Rangers and Flyers. He scored a pretty goal in the second period to put the Rangers up 2-0 by bursting down the slot for a quick shot. He didn’t believe it either, yelling “What?” to his buddies.

With that, Dominic Moore, Martin St. Louis, Brad Richards and Pouliot move on, leaving behind Vincent Lecavalier, Adam Hall and Steve Downie from Round 1, focusing on former Bolt Jussi Jokinen and the Penguins. I’m not joking either on the focusing on Jokinen part. Until Evgeni Malkin decided to wake up and score a hat trick, Jokinen was the hottest player for the Pens.

Here’s the breakdown on the Bygone Bolts scoring race:

Player Team Games Played Goals Assists Points +/- TOI/G PIM
Martin St. Louis NYR 7 2 4 6 0 19:45 0
Brad Richards NYR 7 2 4 6 +1 17:21 0
Jussi Jokinen PIT 6 3 2 5 +2 16:20 6
Benoit Pouliot NYR 7 2 2 4 +2 14:20 8
Dan Boyle SJS 7 0 4 4 -1 21:09 8
Dominic Moore NYR 7 2 1 3 0 11:17 6
Vincent Lecavalier PHI 7 1 1 2 -5 10:41 2
Adam Hall PHI 7 0 1 1 0 10:01 7
Stephane Veilleux MIN 3 0 0 0 +1 6:73 4
Andrej Meszaros BOS 2 0 0 0 +1 18:11 0

Scoring wise, Marty and Richie seemed to have found themselves again and Dominic Moore had a pretty good series along with Pouliot, too.

Stephane Veilleux managed to get into Game Seven against the Avalanche despite only playing three games in the series, picking up a minor penalty as the Wild stunned the Avs in overtime. The Wild will face the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round.

On the losing side of the ledger, where did Vinny go? A negative 5? The advanced stats even show that playing on the fourth line and playing mostly against weaker competition hurt Lecavalier. I don’t know how much he’s going to like being a fourth line guy this early in his Philadelphia tour. He’s not at Yzerman stage yet. Let’s hope for his sake it was mainly from a long season filled with injury.

Dan Boyle as always, steady in San Jose, but the team could not get over the hump again and became a footnote in hockey history becoming the first team since the 2010 Boston Bruins to lose a series after leading 3-0, and the fourth team in NHL history to do so. Mike Richards and Jeff Carter of the Kings were also on the 2010 Flyers team to claim that feat, making them super special, I guess.

In comparison to Vinny’s minus-5 and losing a Game Seven to New York, I’d take that over losing a Game Seven by 5-1 and being the fourth team in history to give up a 3-0 series lead.

Sure makes being swept feel better.

Who do you got for Round 2?


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