The Lightning finally return home from a painful week up north. First was the 7-3 loss in Toronto. They did not play well that night. Second the fell 4-1 in Ottawa. That game they played extremely well, but it was just one of those games where no matter what you do, the odds are against you and you lose anyway. Last night they played Montreal. They lost 3-1. Last night’s game was mixed of great play and an entire period that needed more effort. They came out strong in the first period. The defense was on the ball, the offense was looking great. Tampa has been struggling with the numbers of shots on goal. You can’t score if you don’t shoot the puck! Atleast that’s what Coach Boucher said at a practice a while back. Last night they had the shots, but if Carey Price didn’t stop the puck, the goal post did. However the goal post also made some great saves for us, too! I wonder if anyone has signed it yet. The penalties were kept to a minimum at least. There was only one penalty per period. Unfortunately, two of them were against Tampa. Dana Tyrell with holding in the first, despite having both hands on his stick. Kind of makes you wonder. In the second was Montreal’s Tomas Plekanec for hi-sticking. Marc-Andre Bergeron took his turn in the third for hooking. Tampa has got to stop the ridiculous penalties! They have had way too many penalties in the past couple of games, and mostly avoidable ones at that. They did good last night with only two. The empty netters kill me. The Lightning struggle with their power plays. If they capitalized on the extra man advantage, then yes, I could see, maybe, pulling the goalie for that extra man. However, when the power play numbers are not good, why take that chance of leaving the net wide open with the amount of turnovers that they get? Vinny Lecavalier got Tampa’s loan goal, assisted by Dominic Moore. Steven Stamkos ended his game scoring streak. Mathieu Garon made twenty-five saves. Carey Price stopped twenty-three of twenty-four shots on goal.
Here are some Boucher Bites from the post-game interview.
Summing up the road trip he said “We played terrific at home. First game in Toronto we didn’t play that well. We deserved the game against Ottawa, and tonight… it was two teams that were battling. It was pretty even.”
“We had a great third period. We were fighting, we were driving.” “The first ten minutes of the game we played great. We got away a bit from our game, and (in the) second period we didn’t play good enough and they came charging. So that’s a bad mix.” “I don’t think the second period we worked that hard. We weren’t that smart, so that’s a bad mix there in the second period. First period, fine. Third period, fine. But we got killed in the second period because we weren’t hard enough and we weren’t smart enough. That’s the NHL. If you don’t play sixty minutes, it doesn’t matter who you are, it ain’t coming your way.” -Coach Boucher said about the game last night.
“Brett Connolly played great. He did very well.”
-about Pierre-Cedric Labrie “It was his first game in the NHL, it’s good for him. He tried to create some things out there, and obviously we were trailing, so it was a little tougher for me to put him back on because I wanted some goals. But he did fine.”
Tomorrow is a new day. Tomorrow they take on Vancouver at home. It’s a different mindset, a different ‘pack mentality’ at home. Here’s to hoping that the game review tomorrow night is better!
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