Stanley Cup Notebook: Khabibulin comes through
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Well, Khabibulin used Thursday's playoff opener to put the stretch run behind him, at least for now. He finished with 30 saves and notched his first shutout since March 1, helping Tampa to a 3-0 victory.
"Nik was outstanding,"
Khabibulin was also helped out by solid play on the part of an underrated Tampa blueline. Among the defensive contributions was
The performance of the backliners and Khabibulin allowed the
the exception of
"We didn't generate as much offense as we'd like, but we scored some goals when we needed to," Tortorella said. "In the playoffs, you don't overanalyze."
Also picking up the
The one x-factor the
But there was no blame passed around afterward.
"It was a loss the team took," said
As New York goes back to the drawing board, it might also want to take a look at its power play. The Isles went 0-for-5 with the man advantage, including three blown chances in the first period. They managed only one shot during the trio of opportunities.
Tampa Bay, meanwhile, would like to get its offensive attack going on all cylinders. And the scary thing is that the team scored three times when it wasn't running at full capacity.