Sometimes, the truth is better than fiction. Sometimes, you couldn’t write stuff like this.
Jonathan Drouin, banished to the minors, suspended and almost written off, salvaged his season Thursday night.
Drouin scored the game-winning goal Saturday night in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 3-2 victory over New Jersey. The twice-suspended Drouin, who swore he would never again play for the Bolts, was promoted earlier in the day and scored in a 4-2 victory.
“It wasn’t just the goal,” said coach Jonathan Cooper. “He led our team in shots (four). I thought in the first period, he was getting his feet wet, but as that game went on, he got stronger and stronger. I’m happy for him.”
Ben Bishop stopped 20 shots for his 35th victory of the season.
Eric Condra, Cedric Paquette and Valterri Filppula scored for the Bolts.
Tampa Bay finishes its regular season Saturday night against Montreal.