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Jason Garrison | Defenseman

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (31) / 11/13/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 223
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Jason Garrison scored the inaugural 3-on-3 overtime winning goal, his second of the game, as the Lightning roared to a 3-2 win over Philadelphia in the opener on Thursday night.
Garrison was sent in on an odd breakaway off a transition from Tampa Bay's own zone, and made no mistake with a wrister that went past Steve Mason. He's already halfway towards his goal total from last year when he scored four in 70 contests. Thursday's performance was not a sign that the 30-year-old suddenly has a scoring touch, but we'll let him enjoy his memorable night for the time being. Oct 8 - 10:20 PM

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Jason Garrison believes that the pace of play picked up from Game 1 to Game 2.

"Obviously we didn’t sit back tonight,’’ Garrison said. "They came in waves of pressure and I think the pace of the game tonight was much quicker than the last game. They’re going to get their chances. It’s how you respond when you get scored on. Those are the biggest moments in the game.’’ Garrison scored the game-winning goal in the third period.
Jun 7 - 10:07 AM

Jason Garrison scored the game-winning goal for the Lightning in their 4-3 triumph against the Blackhawks in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night.

Garrison capitalized on the second consecutive penalty by Patrick Sharp, slapping a shot from the point that fluttered after being deflected by Andrew Desjardins at 8:49 of the third period. Garrison also assisted on Nikita Kucherov’s goal in the second period. He has two goals and five points in the playoffs. Cedric Paquette and Tyler Johnson notched the other goals. Ryan Callahan and Victor Hedman each had two assists in a game that featured four lead changes. The series is tied 1-1.

Jason Garrison was upbeat about how Tampa Bay did in Game 1 despite the outcome.

The Lightning led 1-0 for most of the game, but Chicago scored two goals late in the third period to walk away with the win. "It was a good test for us," Garrison said. "We don't see them too much during the year and I thought we did a really good job of playing our game — and our game seemed to work. It was only unfortunate that in a couple of shifts in the third period, the puck found the back of our net. We can learn from a couple of things, but for the most part we're going to stick to the same game plan." This is the third time in four series that Tampa Bay has dropped Game 1, so this is hardly unfamiliar territory for the squad. The Lightning will attempt to bounce back on Saturday.
Jun 5 - 11:31 AM

Jason Garrison played just over 20 minutes in Tampa's game five loss to Detroit.

This was Garrison's second game back from an upper body injury that cost him nine total games. The 30-year-old played just over 14 minutes in game four, but he got a nice spike in playing time on Saturday. If he's able to remain healthy, he could contribute from the back end for the Lightning. Right now, Tampa Bay needs all the help they can get as they will travel to Detroit for game six, while facing elimination.
Apr 26 - 10:40 AM

Look for Jason Garrison to get more playing time in Saturday's Game 5 than he had in Thursday's Game 4.

Garrison was just coming back from an upper-body injury that sidelined him for almost a month and he was limited to 14 minutes of playing time. In addition, Tampa coach Jon Cooper dressed seven defensemen to ease Garrsion's transition back into the lineup. Cooper has said he will likely dress only six rearguards Saturday evening's contest as he believes Garrison is capable of logging his usual 20-plus minutes.
Apr 25 - 12:05 PM

Jason Garrison will make his playoff debut while Mark Barberio and Vladislav Namestnikov take a seat in Game Four against Detroit on Thursday night.

Garrison posted four goals and 30 points in 70 games for the Lightning this season, including 11 points on the power play.

Jason Garrison (upper body) expects to be a game-time decision Thursday night.

"I feel comfortable on the ice," he said. "So it's not my decision as far as that goes. I'm preparing myself like I'm going to play. When I get the 'yes' or 'no,' I'll be ready." Andrej Sustr could be the odd-man out if Garrison is able to play in Game 5 against Detroit.
Apr 23 - 2:39 PM

Lightning coach Jon Cooper is hoping that Jason Garrison will return before the end of the first round.

Garrison will miss Game 3 on Tuesday, but he'll be regarded as a game-time decision after that. For his part Garrison said, "I just want to make sure that I’m at the point where I’m able to be physical out there and not worry about it." He had four goals and 30 points in 70 regular season contests.
Apr 21 - 2:11 PM

Jason Garrison (upper body) is not expected to play in Game 3 on Tuesday night.

"Doubtful," coach Jon Cooper said. "He's probably out." Garrison feels like he's moving into "day-to-day" status though and Cooper said the defenseman will probably be closer to being a game-time decision after Tuesday's match.
Apr 21 - 9:11 AM

Jason Garrison is not ready to return to action Saturday against Detroit.

He will not suit up for Game 2 of the best-of-seven series as he is still recovering from an upper-body injury. Garrison is getting close, though. We wouldn't be surprised if he was able to play Monday in Game 3.
Apr 18 - 11:04 AM

Jason Garrison (upper body) will not be able to return on Saturday.

Garrison received the green light to began taking part in contact drills on Wednesday. He hasn't played since March 28. Garrison finished the regular season with 30 points and a plus-27 rating in 70 contests.
Apr 17 - 2:41 PM

Jason Garrison (upper body) received clearance for contact in Wednesday's practice.

However, coach Jon Cooper indicated that Garrison may be able to return if Tampa Bay's first-round series against Detroit goes deep. He hasn't been in the lineup since Mar. 28.
Apr 15 - 4:07 PM

Jason Garrison (upper body) skated Monday in a no-contact jersey.

He isn't expected to be ready to play when the playoffs begin this week and his status for next week is uncertain as well. Garrison did say that he is feeling better every day, so there is some hope that he'll return at some point in the series.
Apr 13 - 4:36 PM

It does not appear that Jason Garrison will be ready to play when the playoffs start next week.

Even though he has been skating with his teammates, he is still wearing a non-contact jersey as he is still recovering from an upper-body injury. Garrison is listed as doubtful for Game One of the first round of the playoffs. Keep this in mind when drafting your post-season squad.
Apr 11 - 10:51 AM

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C1Steven Stamkos
2Tyler Johnson
3Valtteri Filppula
4Brian Boyle
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Alex Killorn
3Jonathan Drouin
4Cedric Paquette
5Jonathan Marchessault
6Tye McGinn
7Vladislav Namestnikov
RW1Nikita Kucherov
2Ryan Callahan
3J.T. Brown
4Erik Condra
5Joel Vermin
D1Victor Hedman
2Anton Stralman
3Jason Garrison
4Matt Carle
5Braydon Coburn
6Andrej Sustr
7Luke Witkowski
8Mattias Ohlund
G1Ben Bishop
2Andrei Vasilevskiy