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Written by Dani Toth | 19 January 2012



I don't think anything I will write in this post will correctly emphasize how great the Community Hero Program has been. As someone who volunteers at a youth homeless shelter, I can tell you how much donations mean to the organization and how far a donation of $50,000 can go.

Since we are at the half way point in the home games this season, Jeff Vinik has given away a total of $1 million to community heroes from the Tampa Bay area. If you haven't seen any of the individuals videos on the Lightning website, he features a hero at each home game and donates $50,000 to their cause. The above video is great because it shows how excited he is with this program. In particular I love how he talks about being genuinely inspired by the people he has met through the program.

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Written by Dani Toth | 19 January 2012

This Bruins fan didn't enjoy Thunderbug putting silly string on him:



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Written by Dani Toth | 19 January 2012

Maybe I should write predictions of what the game is going to be like in every game preview I write. I'll predict how the team is going to be so crappy, go down by 2 in the 1st period and lose to pretty much the best team in the league only to instead curb stomp them so bad that Days of Y'Orr writes a game recap like this.

I've only seen hightlights so far since I was taking in another NHL game last night, but can we have this every night?


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Written by Dani Toth | 17 January 2012

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Enemy Blog:
Head over to Days of Y'Orr for your opposition blog coverage
Record: Lightning (17-23-4) Bruins (29-12-1)
Previous games: October 8, 2011 Bruins win 4-1
Game time: 7:30pm on SUN (HD)

Before the puck has even dropped, I feel like I've given up on this game. The Bruins are in town for the 2nd of four meetings this season and while we sit in last in our conference, the Bruins are in 2nd just 1 point back from the Rangers.

Predicting how the last couple of games have gone, I predict that the Bruins will get out to a 2-0 lead after the first. Of course we'll make some bad turnovers and the Bruins will get some chances off of these mistakes. We may then score a goal or two, one of which will be by Stamkos, only to end up losing the game like 4-2.

Frack. So this is how good the season is going huh?

How about winning boys?

As for what the Bruins bloggers are saying:

On the other hand, the Bruins are still winning hockey games and the Tim Thomas/Tuuka Rask breakfast combo is still the best in the NHL. Tuukka Rask leads the NHL in both save percentage (.946) and GAA(1.61). Tim Thomas is second in the NHL in SV% (9.37) and 6th in the NHL in GAA (1.99). They're the NHL's version of Batman and Robin. It seems that Rask may pull a Dick Grayson and become Batman in the near future.

Either way you look at it, Boston has a fantastic problem that most NHL clubs would love to have. They have two All-Star caliber goalies who could should contend for a Vezina Trophy if they're able to keep this up at the end of the season.

Yes Greg, I'd love to have your fantastic problem...

Go bolts

Line-up Notes:

Bruins injuries: Rich Peverly + Brad Marchand is suspended

Lightning injuries: Ryan Shannon, Victor Hedman, Adam Hall, JT Wyman, Mattias Ohlund, Dana Tyrell, Marc-Andre Bergeron

Links:
Official Lightning preview
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Written by Dani Toth | 16 January 2012

As per TSN's Bob McKenzie, there will be no supplementary discipline for Lecavalier for his punch on Evgeni Malkin.

Missed the incident? You can find the video here. no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 16 January 2012

From today's game, here is the video of the Lecavalier-Malkin tussle:



Lecavalier did end up with a four minute roughing call and a 10 minute misconduct for the incident.

Lecavalier left today without speaking to media but here is what Boucher said of the incident (via tbo.com):

"Vinny felt that Malkin tried to go for his knees,'' Boucher said. "In those situations, he's the captain and he wants to show that we are not going to just take everything and be little poodles and wait for things to happen.

"For me, there is absolutely no blame on his part there. He's emotional and he's trying to make this team win and that was his way of showing that we are not going to take it. I don't blame him at all.''

What Malkin did was nothing compared to what Brach Marchand did on Sami Salo, so no blame on Malkin here. He just plainly avoided the check. Lecavalier just misread what happened and let his emotions take over. We've seen this happen before and we know that once Lecavalier is steamed about something, there is really no stopping him.

And let's hear it again for that jersey foul of a Venetian Dental. So bad..... no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 15 January 2012

The Lightning start this game sitting in last place of the Eastern Conference. Hard to believe that we're here and the Pens are fighting for a playoff spot. Early game today, so pancakes and hockey it is.

1st Period:

Just as the Root sports commentators are talking about Stamkos and Malkin, Stamkos takes a slashing penalty on Malkin early in the 1st period. James Neal capitalizes with a sharp angle shot from the goal line past Garon to put the Pens up 1-0.

Engelland and Pierre-Cedric Labrie go at it.

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Engelland has the edge in the fight but we get an appearance of Labrie's hair.

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At this point in the game, the Lightning only have 1 shot on net.

Rest of the recap after the jump...

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