Jan 7, 2014; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Tampa Bay Lightning forward Martin St. Louis (26) celebrates his goal with teammate forward Ondrej Palat (18) during the third period at MTS Centre. Tampa Bay wins 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning Strikes The Frozen North 3-1

As you all certainly agree, it is very nice to end our Bolts’ road trip on the high side with a win as well as winning 3 out of the 4 away games.  I must say it’s been a frustrating trip for me.  Yes, I sat on my nice comfy couch as the boys of the Tampa Bay Lightning braved the frozen north, but I still have the audacity to complain.

Just a little.

For the most part, the guys played well, but there are still consistent blank spots in their play that crop up, well, consistently.

Why is it that all of us wannabe coaches in the stands, on our couches, and even in the post-game radio booths know what needs to be done to win, yet the team that is actually doing all the work can’t seem to remember it from game to game?

I’m sure you’ve all made those subtle attempts at assistance by yelling such helpful hints as:

Shoot, shoot, SHOOT!

Stop making so many passes and stop telegraphing shots so the goalie has time to prepare!
Be more aggressive going after the puck instead of waiting for it to come to you!
Watch who you’re passing to, or at least make sure there’s someone on your team to pass to!
Make harder, crisper passes!
Shoot shoot shoot!
Control the puck and hold onto it longer!
Keep someone in front of the net to catch rebounds!
Stop waiting till the third period to play!

SHOOT SHOOT SHOOT!  (As Chief says, 100% of the pucks that aren’t shot won’t go in.  Or something like that.)

Hang on while I step down from my pulpit.

Ok.  That said, I am so pleased with the last 10 minutes of play in the 3rd period against the Winnipeg punks; well done.  And my apologies to my husband who endured much of my pounding on his right arm as I expressed my frustration during the game.

I hope they take all that testosterone back home to Tampa and use it against Washington.

Go Bolts!



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