Lightning Strikes (Cristodero)
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For a team that enters Game 4 with a 2-1 series lead, the Lightning and has put up six goals in back-to-back games, the Lightning spent a lot of time Friday morning talking about one major negative - the five goals it allowed Wednesday.
At the end of Friday's morning skate, associate Rick Bowness approached defenseman Mark Barberio to give him the news: he'll make his playoff debut tonight in Game 4.
By the end of the second round, the Lightning had arguably the best goalie in the world, Montreal's MVP finalist Carey Price, taking the blame for a conference semifinal series loss.
Before Nikita Kucherov was the hero of Wednesday night's 6-5 overtime win over the Rangers, the 21-year-old wing blamed himself for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final getting to overtime in the first place.
And he's not worried about it, either. "It's always special, you know, coming here, obviously with my time here," St. Louis said after Wednesday's morning skate. "But right now my focus is not so much my time here. It's really, how do we get past these guys? This building is going to be loud. They feed off those fans. We need a good start …
Lightning captain Steven Stamkos has played center his entire life, and is one of the best in the league.
Lightning veteran center Brian Boyle was all smiles Wednesday morning, shaking many hands in celebrating Tuesday's birth of his first child.
Veteran Lightning center Brian Boyle participated in Monday's optional morning skate at Madison Square Garden, which would appear to be a sign of progress.
Coach Jon Cooper said sometimes he watches film of a previous game, and realizes the team played better than he thought.
It looks like veteran wing Ryan Callahan will play in today's Game 1 against the Rangers.
Veteran wing Ryan Callahan skated for the second straight day, saying he continues to feel better after Monday's emergency appendectomy.
One of the biggest storylines heading into the Eastern Conference Final is former Lightning captain Marty St. Louis facing his old team.