After a 4,000-plus day journey, Matt Tomkins turns dream into reality with Tampa Bay Lightning

MONTREAL - For eleven years, Matt Tomkins dreamed.

For the past few years, those dreams felt as if they would never be fulfilled. Reality began to take over.

On Tuesday, in one of hockey's cathedrals and 4,154 days since he was drafted, Tomkins soaked in the feeling of his dream becoming reality. Tomkins recorded his first NHL victory as the Tampa Bay Lightning closed out a four-game road trip with a 5-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre.

"Everything's been worth it to get to this point,'' the 29-year-old goaltender said. "A lot of questions along the way of, am I do...


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