Sorry, I was kind of in the Christmas spirit there, and its not freaking Santa that is coming into town, its the Tampa Bay Lightning.
After making it through a tough road trip with more wins than losses, the Lightning finished off a brief homestand 2 and 0 over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Last nights game was a real ass whopping as we demolished the Rangers 5-1. This Steven Stamkos guy (Barry Melrose has never heard of him) scored his 16th goal of the season and was joined in the goal scoring by Steve Downie and two from the new LW Kurtis Foster. Foster was moved to LW 3 games ago, and has looked quite comfortable in his dual role (previously playing D). His slap shot is quite an asset on the wing, and he is giant. With the abundance of Dmen the Lightning currently have (last night they said Matt Smaby would be dressing next week) we were forced to shift some people around and it looks like Tochet made the right choice by moving Foster up. He’s looked very good thusfar.
The Lightning continue to play a style of hockey that is only going to make them a team that nobody wants to face as the season progresses. We have 3 guys in Steve Downie, Matt Walker and Zenon Konopka who will drop the gloves without any hesitation if you cheap shot any of our players, not just the stars. Last night James Wright was hit from behind by Bryan Boyle and Zenon waited about .3 seconds before dropping the gloves, and beating that ass. It was Boyle’s second beatdown of the night, first one administered by Matt Walker.
The Lightning currently sit in 9th in the ultracompetitive East, but are only two points out of 4th. If we maintain this style of hockey and our stars continue to produce, this is not only a playoff caliber team, this is a team that could make a deep push into the playoffs.