Now that I have gotten that off of my chest lets get down to what happened. What happened is, that for the first time in my life, I got up and walked out of the St. Pete Times Forum before the hockey game was over. But if you watched that game, it was over 5 minutes into the 1st period. The Bolts wanted to make sure that they finished their series with the Carolina Hurricanes with a bang. Unfortuantely for the Bolts players, the bangs they heard were the ones coming from the exit doors as all the fans were leaving.
Don’t get me wrong, I hate fair weather fans, but I get it tonight. The game started off with Cory Murphy coughing up the puck in the neutral zone to give Eric Staal and one of his cronies a 2 on zip breakaway. Mike Mckenna meant well, but had no chance of stopping that one. Then the Bolts defense, which I praised for being the bright spot in the loss last night(stupid me), gave Staal and another one of his lackeys, a two on zero shorthanded goal. Mckenna let in another one and got the pull from head coach Rick Tocchet. I stood up and cheered for Karri Ramo coming off the bench and for us to get back in this thing, but we were already down 3 goals in 5 minutes. With Ramo in net the boys got a little spark and marched down the ice. Steve Stamkos, who is becoming a super confident 1st overall pick-caliber player, made one of the sickest passes I have ever seen, to Marty St. Louis for a goal. Stammers threaded a cross ice pass through three Canes players from the point to Marty who was calling for it in the slot. So sick.
After that, the game was pretty much over. Ramo let any shot that came his way in to the back of the next. 20 minutes later, Carolina had scored six more goals. SIX!!!!!!!
Then I left.
On the drive home I heard that Vinny Lecavalier and Ryan Malone had each put one in the net. But I was then surprised to hear that it was not OUR net that the puck went in, but Carolinas. I also heard that Tochett put Mike Mckenna back in after pulling him in the first, which I honestly didnt even know was something that could happen. Final score: 9 to 3. Gross