Well we have done it again. The terrible, but higher ranked Atlanta Thrashers came into the St. Pete Times Forum and beat us in overtime. We have now lost 7 of our last 10 games, and four of them have been in overtime. We have lost more overtime games in our last 10 games than the New Jersey Devils and the Colorado Avalanche have combined all season! We have something like 17 overtime losses this season. That is a ridiculous number. I dont know what it is with our team. These guys are playing the first period like it is a friendly pick up game out on the pond back in Canada. Then they go into the locker room, Rick Tocchet gives them some sort of speech from “D2 Mighty Ducks” and they come back out and play the rest of the game like a normal NHL hockey team. If you let the Trashers put 20 shots on you in one period then hold them to 16 for the remaining two periods, there is something going wrong in the first! Its gets a bit frustrating going and watching your team constantly lose. But lets get to why I am really writing this. Its about the draft.
So look, we don’t really need to lose all of our home games. According to the way the draft lottery works, we have lost enough games to secure ourselfves a good chance at winning the 1st overall pick. The five worst teams in the NHL are put in an old school ball drawing lotto, with the teams having the worst record having more balls in the lotto machine, therefore having a better chance at winning the pick. The only other team below us right now is the Islanders, and Im not sure if they are ever going to win another game. So for the sake of the people who you are trying to convince to renew there season ticket packages, lets win some more home games.
Oh, and how about you practice the shootout a bit more. Seems like something that we are gonna see fairly often. I dont know. Its just a thought..
ps. This note is for Barry Melrose. I dont think you are reading this, but I thought that I would just remind you of this anyways. Steve Stamkos scored two goals last night, is the second youngest player in NHL history to record a natural hat trick, has surpassed Vinny Lecavaliers‘ rookie season points totals, has almost 40 points this season, and is 5 goals away from breaking Brad Richards rookie goals total. So its seems like when you said he wasn’t ready to play in the NHL, you were wrong. Its seems like you dont know too much pal.
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