The Tampa Bay Lightning had their five game winning streak snapped by The Winnipeg Jets. Tonight they look to take on our in-state rivals The Florida Panthers. The cats come out of the litter box and in to Bolt Nation territory. Here’s a quick recap of the last game and a preview of tonight’s. Why do we do these previews? A good strategy is to know your enemy! The Panthers are a dangerous threat this year, and The Lightning have got to focus on playing a full sixty minutes of hockey. Even though it’s on home ice for The Bolts, this will be a tough, must win game. The Panthers always seem to be a team that they struggle against. When the pressure of the, according to the stats, better teams is on, The Lightning seem to do great and play hard. As I’ve said before, it’s a good thing that the team doesn’t look at the stats. They live for THIS game in the HERE AND NOW. Focus on tonight. Not the past. On yesterday’s loss Coach Boucher told the media when asked if he was disappointed:
“No, it’s not disappointing. I found it encouraging that we played so well. We have two more opportunities at home and we don’t want to change our focus. I tell our guys that everything is in front of us. There’s nothing left behind. Everything is front of us, and the more you think about yesterday, the less prepared you are for today.”
The Lightning came out in the first period of Thursday night’s match-up against The Winnipeg Jets like they didn’t want to be a Stanley Cup caliber team. They did the whole cat-and-mouse chase-the-puck thing that they are unfortunately too good at. Even though the shots on goal were almost even, Winnipeg 7, Tampa 6, The Jets seemed to dominate the possession of the puck. There was notable effort from Pierre-Cedric Labrie, (who was re-assigned back to Norfolk yesterday), Ryan Shannon, Victor Hedman, and Brendan Mikkelson. Brendan had an outstanding game in all three periods. I think that he is an asset to the team and will be a great leader in the future. There was only one penalty in the whole period to Tampa. Too man men on the ice at 6:13, resulting in two minutes served by Steve Downie. Winnipeg had no penalties. The guys did a great job of the penalty kill. With amazing performances by both of the goaltenders the first period ended scoreless.
The final score was Tampa 1 Winnipeg 2 in over time to a crowd of 16,923 at The Tampa Bay Times Forum.
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