NHL Game Night 12/28: Flyers at Lightning

This was a Lightning team that was not mentally prepared to play tonight.

PHI-4
TB-3

Johan Holmqvist stopped just 22 of 26 shots he faced tonight for the loss. Dan Boyle had a pair of assists for the Lightning who got goals from Martin St. Louis, Filip Kuba and Ruslan Fedotenko. Individual assists went to Eric Perrin, Brad Richards, Holmqvist and Vincent Lecavalier.

The Flyers came out in the first five minutes of the game and really ambushed the Lightning with a lot of speed and hustle, but that isn't what cost the Lightning the game. Mental mistakes destroyed the team in this game and three goals came directly from preventable Tampa miscues. Holmqvist allowed an awful short side goal to go through him on Zhitnik's opening goal, they allowed a 2-on-1 on a bad defensive change on the second goal and Paul Ranger fell down surrendering a breakaway on Kapanen's winning goal. This is a team that's just 1 point out of the basement in the Southeast Division now and they continue, time after time, to play down to inferior opponents and leave critical points on the table. This was the Lightning's 38th game so we're just shy of the midway point of their season and no one in that lineup seems to have gotten the memo that the drive to the playoffs has to start now. Better to get the points you need now than be sitting in March four or five points out of the hunt scoreboard watching desperate for help.

First Period
Philadelphia 4:01, Alexei Zhitnik 3 (power play) (Peter Forsberg, Joni Pitkanen)
Tampa Bay 10:06, Martin St. Louis 25 (power play) (Eric Perrin, Dan Boyle)
Philadelphia 16:41, Simon Gagne 18 (Mike Knuble, Peter Forsberg)

Second Period
Philadelphia 9:30, Simon Gagne 19 (Joni Pitkanen, Peter Forsberg)
Philadelphia 19:42, Sami Kapanen 5 (Jeff Carter)

Third Period
Tampa Bay 1:18, Filip Kuba 5 (power play) (Brad Richards, Johan Holmqvist)
Tampa Bay 14:02, Ruslan Fedotenko 10 (Dan Boyle, Vincent Lecavalier)

Game sheet from NHL.com.

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Coaching problem

Torts forgot to tell the team that the game started at 7:30P EST , rather than 9:30 EST when they actually started to play and were down 3 goals !

zepdog

I beg to differ

Chief had it right tonight...Players must take responsbility for poor performance. Coaching staff is hamstrung when it comes to disciplining players...other than benching for a game or two that's all they can do...

But what I want to know is how can a player like Taylor be an effective Captain when he is getting 4 or 5 minutes a game???? I don't understand it...Nothing personal against Taylor but he's not the guy to lead the charge as far as I can tell...

What's required to shake up this team?????

Beg to Differ With What?

I didn't even mention the coaches.

Methinks thou doth protest too much.

Heh, I think he was replying

Heh, I think he was replying to zepdog and not you :) I've done that myself

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