Lightning/Hawks play last goal wins in Khabibulin’s return to Tampa

Nik Khabibulin in goal for the Chicago Blackhawks. Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

Nik Khabibulin in goal for the Chicago Blackhawks. Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

Nik Khabibulin will always be remembered in Tampa Bay. The Bulin Wall was the starting goalie in 2004 when the franchise won its first and only Stanley Cup title. Next season marks the 10 year anniversary of the 04′ Lightning championship.

The Hawks’ backup goaltender is not the puck stopper he used to be. Khabibulin is in the twilight years of his career. At 40 years old, most NHL players are long retired, so for Nikolai, the fact he’s still playing in the Show is a testament to his greatness. That being said, last night’s game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks was anything but a goaltending clinic.

Let’s face it, when two of the league’s most talented offensive teams meet, a 1-0 final score is hardly realistic. And, last night scoring was plentiful, as the Bolts and Hawks traded tallies all throughout. There were some pretty ones too.

Lightning superstar Steven Stamkos displayed his speed through the neutral zone, and his lethal shooting prowess, scoring a top shelf fireball on Khabibulin who looked stunned. You can watch full game highlights here, courtesy of NHL.com’s YouTube Channel.