Wednesday, July 27, 2011

July-lights: July 27th, St. Louis Speeds By The Devils

Martin St.Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning is not the biggest guy in the world. Listed at only 5'8", the majority of the National Hockey League towers over St. Louis when on the ice. So St. Louis has to rely on something other than size in order to be successful in the NHL, his speed.

Overall his career has has been full of highlights, scoring 298 goals and tallying 480 helpers, totaling 778 points in 854 games played. Not bad for a player that came into the league undrafted.  St. Louis was a key factor in the Lightning's '03-'04 Stanley Cup Winning season. He has played a significant role in molding the Lightning's future by mentoring their newest star, Steven Stamkos.

There are few in the league that can match St. Louis' speed, and when you pair his speed with his size it can be a lethal combination. This speed aids in his ability to pull away from defenders in races for the puck, along with his size helping evade fore checkers from all around the league. This is evident in his goal against the New Jersey Devils (see below).

After the break out reaches the Tampa Bay blue line you have to watch St. Louis accelerate through the neutral zone. He started off in front of both New Jersey defense man and burst between them receiving the pass that sent him on a partial breakaway. A move that would  not be possible had St. Louis been 6'5". Then he hit the boosters, and pulled away from both defenders, and went forehand, backhand on Martin Bordeur before roofing the puck over Bordeur.

A big goal for a little guy

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