11 December 2011
Lightning v. Rangers
The Lightning finally broke their losing streak with a win in NYC, but that wasn't the big story that ended up coming out of the game. Instead of talking about Dominic Moore scoring two goals for the win to make up for breaking Marty's face, we are talking about Artem Anisimov's Call of Duty-esque goal celebration:
Yeah....nobody liked that one. The look on his face after he performs the celebration when he see's Vinny charging at him....from celebration to mortification. Puck Daddy looked into the incident pretty well, and discussed as to whether Downie left the bench to join the scrum illegally or whether it can be considered a line change.
Anisimov got a talking to by his team and then later apologized to Tampa via New York reporters:
“I just want to apologize to Tampa. I didn’t mean something by it," he said. "It’s just my celebration, and when I score goals I want to do something unusual. I apologize to Tampa.”
The Lightning won the game 3-2
From the Lightning website:
Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis will not play tonight’s game at the New York Rangers and he is out indefinitely after suffering facial and nasal fractures at the team’s morning skate today at Madison Square Garden. St. Louis was struck in the face by a puck shot by a teammate during a practice drill.
St. Louis will return to Tampa Bay immediately and will undergo further medical examination by Lightning team physicians when swelling subsides in and around his left eye. A more detailed determination on his return to the lineup will be made at that time.Brett Connolly to play for Team Canada
The Lightning have granted Brett Connolly permission to join the Team Canada WJC team for this year's tournament. Connolly joined the team selection camp on Friday in Calgary, with the camp running from Dec 10-14. Don't expect him to come back to the Lightning before the end of the tournament and he's pretty much a lock to make the team.
Cristodero sheds some light onto the Conacher contract situation on his blog. The basics is that due to his age (21) they don't want to burn through the first year of his waiver exemption this year by signing him to a deal.
Lightning v. Philly
From what I could watch last night, the Lightning are back to playing 20 minute hockey games. And obviously you can't win a game when you only play 20 minutes and then get outshot 26-11 in the last 40 minutes.
Next game is tomorrow against the Devils