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Old 01-31-2008, 11:53 PM
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I didn't get to see too much of the game, but while I was watching, MacDonald was all over the place.
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Old 02-01-2008, 05:55 AM
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I'd like to enjoy this win or get excited about the Bolts playing hard again (finally), but truth is I am sadly beyond that. They've knocked the spirit out of me this season. Each game is a exercise in "what are we gonna get tonight," as Pete sits patiently with his finger on the trigger, waiting for the loss that has him declare the 2007-08 Lightning to be DOA.

Very entertaining game, though. And very telling ... it's so easy to see the difference when the Lightning play hard. How dare they insult our intelligence when they say things like, "Our problems aren't for lack of effort." Bullsheep. This team has no excuse for its up-and-down play this season. They are obviously capable of playing hard. The ownership situation is a BS excuse. If anything, you could say the goaltending has been the problem, but that's not new. Maybe they were waiting for Boyle? Maybe without Boyle, the Big 3 were too tired of carrying a team with no depth and shoddy goaltending and a coach who refused to play four lines. Whatever.

At least one of Feaster's mantras is right in this instance - "The answers are in that room." The players let this season go into the toilet, and they're gonna need a miracle or a resurrection to get out.
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Old 02-01-2008, 07:52 AM
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I liked the line of Brad, Vinny and Marty. There is way too much talent there for an opposing team to keep all three in check at the same time. And in order for that line to work and stay together the second line that was put together had to come out and be a force to be reckoned with also.......and they did just that. I say keep them together and see what happens.
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Old 02-01-2008, 08:21 AM
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Each game is a exercise in "what are we gonna get tonight," as Pete sits patiently with his finger on the trigger, waiting for the loss that has him declare the 2007-08 Lightning to be DOA.
And that will make it official?

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"That," defenseman Brad Lukowich said, "was a fun (expletive) game."
I like his take.
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Old 02-01-2008, 10:16 AM
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Here's the big question; What do the Lightning do if they are on the edge on Feb. 23.
Here's a reasonable scenario (throwing out Atl. and Fla who will drop out of the race eventually IMO)
Through Feb. 23
Carolina goes 4-6-1 the next 11, a lot of it on the road
30-30-5, 65 points in 65 games
Washington goes 6-4 in the next 10
30-27-5, 65 points in 62 games
Tampa goes 6-3-1 in the next 10
27-29-6, 60 points in 62 games
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What do we do in that situation? Go for it or be realistic, with 11 of the last 17 games on the road?
Very, Very tough.
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Old 02-01-2008, 11:02 AM
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I turned to my wife in the 3rd period and said "This is how the team was supposed to be this year."

There was effort. The team didn't stop skating after an early goal. Richards was back to his scoresheet filling self. Vinny was both a scorer AND an on-ice leader with his physical play. Marty was tirelessly darting everywhere and creating turnovers. The second line, albeit without Richards, was creating scoring chances. Gratton was chipping in offensively while being a physical presence and sticking up for teammates. The defense put their pokechecks away and took people into the wall. Tarnasky and Roy were doing their thing. Boyle was creating scoring chances and winning loose pucks in the d-zone. Kuba was unnoticeable. Ranger was solid. OB was physical. MacDonald was playing an excellent checking center. Even AK was excelling as a PK specialist. Goaltending came up big in the third with the game on the line.

We saw every pre-season intention for this group of individuals and their rolls this year in one night - but unfortunately in game 51 (or whatever it was).

Not that I expect this to last too long, but it sure was fun to watch.
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Old 02-01-2008, 11:46 AM
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Very entertaining game, though. And very telling ... it's so easy to see the difference when the Lightning play hard. How dare they insult our intelligence when they say things like, "Our problems aren't for lack of effort." Bullsheep. This team has no excuse for its up-and-down play this season. They are obviously capable of playing hard. The ownership situation is a BS excuse. If anything, you could say the goaltending has been the problem, but that's not new. Maybe they were waiting for Boyle? Maybe without Boyle, the Big 3 were too tired of carrying a team with no depth and shoddy goaltending and a coach who refused to play four lines. Whatever.

At least one of Feaster's mantras is right in this instance - "The answers are in that room." The players let this season go into the toilet, and they're gonna need a miracle or a resurrection to get out.
Spot on, Bolthed. Richards' post-game interview said it all. "We all showed up ready to play tonight".

No shit. Perhaps their best game of the season in terms of effort, physical play, battling, puck movement, forecheck, they had it all. This team has been coasting ALOT this season, and you see that so clearly with a game like last night.

And... this team is gobs better with Dan Boyle in the lineup. But we knew that already.
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Old 02-01-2008, 11:59 AM
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As already said, that was a nice effort by all players. I'd say the dog-of-the-night award goes to Ranger, for tipping in another one on your goalie. He needs to change the angle he holds his stick in that situation.

Way to go Vinny, Roy, Lukowich, Gratton, O'Brien, and Tarnasty for playing with some testosterone. VAN was jittery, beacuse they new they were going to get cleaned out if they had the puck and weren't paying attention. That's hockey.
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Old 02-01-2008, 12:23 PM
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I turned to my wife in the 3rd period and said "This is how the team was supposed to be this year."
My sentiments exactly. After watching this game, my thoughts were, this was what was envisioned at the beginning of the year when this team was put together. This is how _it should've_ gone the whole year. And, yeah, although it's great to see, I think it just might be a little too late and I'm not convinced that the consistency is there to maintain that level of effort night in and night out the rest of the season.

But, hey, crackin' game. "Value for money" as they like to say.
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Old 02-01-2008, 12:24 PM
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We saw every pre-season intention for this group of individuals and their rolls this year in one night - but unfortunately in game 51 (or whatever it was).
Well I'd argue we saw that way back in October when they had that first 5 or 6 game win streak too, and that was without Boyle, even.

I just don't get what happened to these guys to let it get so awful. But then you look at the whole conference if not the league, and there's a whole metric ton of crap that doesn't make sense. I can't believe how streaky and inconsistent almost ALL of the teams are this year, our own division being the microcosm of it. None of the Southleast deserves any postseason action to be honest. Yes we've totally earned that moniker this year. To think that the winner could literally be the 9th best in the East is just incredibly sobering given all the talent.

Parity is obviously what comes to mind, but can you really blame the salary cap, or are all GMs, coaches, and players just equally clueless at the moment? It really feels all of this is coming down to luck of the draw in bounces and injuries as well as team psychology/chemistry more than anything else except for the handful of clear frontrunners.

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