Victor Hedman saw Mike Rupp barreling down the right wing side with the puck on his stick and saw an opportunity to make an impact. So the 6-foot-6 Lightning defenseman stepped up looking to separate Rupp from the puck. Whiff . Whoosh . Hedman missed both during the first period of Game 3 of Tampa Bay's first round playoff matchup with Pittsburgh as Rupp slipped past Hedman, puck still on his stick, and zipped a pass over to Aaron Asham to give the Penguins a 2-0 lead in a game eventually won by the Penguins 3-2. That play stood out as one of the few glaring errors made by the 20-year-old former No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 draft during the Lightning's five week run to the Eastern Conference Final. It also stood out as a big reason why Hedman is well on his way to becoming a dominant presence on Tampa Bay's blue line entering his third NHL season.
Hedman learning to play to his strengths
Tampa Tribune | Sep 18