Written by Dani Toth | 28 December 2011

As per TSN's Darren Dreger's twitter:

Ongoing investigation into last nights altercation near Lightning bench. Could be fines, warnings or nothing. Not a lot of video evidence.

Not a lot of video evidence? Was this game not being filmed by HBO?

If there is a fine, as we learned from when Downie jumped off the bench, it will most likely be the max fine of $2,500.

But the question is what actually happened?

From Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News:

“I was there at the TV timeout, on the left wing, and I was right in front of the bench. Their coach [Guy Boucher] looked up and started yapping at me,” Hartnell told the Daily News. “I was just sitting there, not doing anything. Then, two guys started slashing me from the bench. I just kind of pushed their sticks out of the way. I ended up getting 10 minutes for really nothing. I've never seen a coach start yelling at an opposing player from the bench for just standing there.”

Hartnell said he didn’t know what Boucher was saying because he could not understand him.”

Riiiight Hartnell. It was all Guy Boucher.

Via Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune, here is what Malone said about the game:

"It was a weird game,'' Malone said. "I just think (Hartnell) was standing too close to our bench, I think ... it reminded me of (the movies) "Slap Shot'' or "Youngblood'' or something. I didn't know what was going on.''

These references finally make sense to me since I (finally) watched for the first time both Slap Shot and Youngblood this Christmas weekend. More updates later on the situation if anything comes out of it.

Update at 4:00pm:

Tweet from @renhockey:


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Written by Dani Toth | 27 December 2011


Stamkos nets two goals to tie Gaborik for the league lead in goals. Who still lets Stamkos set up shop at the left circle all by himself?

Apparently the Flyers.

Recap after the jump...

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Written by Dani Toth | 21 December 2011


Enemy Blog: Head over to Couchtarts for your opposition blog coverage

Record: Lightning (14-16-2) Sharks (17-10-3)

Previous games this season: None

Game time: 10:30pm on SUN

I'm not sure how cat pee works, but the ladies at Couch Tarts says that it has wondrous powers. Brew some coffee because it's going to be a late start...

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Written by Dani Toth | 17 December 2011


Enemy Blog: Head over to Light The Lamp and CBJ Blog for your opposition blog coverage

Record: Lightning (13-16-2) Blue Jackets (9-18-4)

Previous games this season: None

Game time: 7:00pm EST on SUN

More coaches fired! Today Montreal fired Jacques Martin with Randy Cunneyworth stepping in as interim head coach. Yet Columbus who is the worst team in the league still hasn't fired Scott Arniel?

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Written by Dani Toth | 17 December 2011

On TSN.ca yesterday, this is how Darren Dreger responded to this question about the Lightning:

Hi Darren,

What is going to be done to fix the falling Lightning?

Gino Doucette

A: Gino, tough question. At the moment, defence and goaltending appear to be Tampa Bay's biggest issues, although I'm not willing to throw Dwayne Roloson under the bus.  He's a fiercely competitive guy who may not be able to handle a full season at this stage of his dimming career, but I trust there is still enough in the tank to help stabilize his team.  Defensively, the Lightning aren't good enough, but because of the big contracts this team has to contend with, fixing the holes in season is tough to do. Lecavalier's mammoth term and salary obviously haunts this organization, largely because he's closer to a third line player now than a game-breaker. And as well as Tampa Bay did last season, their success was based more on riding momentum then it was the pure readiness of this franchise to move to the next level. There are still a few growing pains the Lightning have to push through, but they are well coached, well managed and have a great stable of young players.


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Written by Dani Toth | 16 December 2011


Mattias Ohlund hasn't played a game this season for the Lightning, and he may not play any for the rest of the season. Ohlund has both his knees undergo arthroscopic surgery early in the season and was expected to be out 1-2 months. It seems that even though the surgery was completed, both his knees are just worn down.

According to Cristodero who spoke with Boucher, the coach has been operating his team under the assumption that Ohlund wouldn't play:

"I've been doing that for a while; not because I didn't think he'd come back, but that's how I have to be as a coach. As a team, guys are not really waiting for him. We've accepted we've lost one of our top (defensemen) and other guys have to play against the top lines and log the minutes."

"It just hurts him a lot more than what he would have expected or the doctors would have expected," Boucher said. "It's … difficult to manage because you can't do much more than what's been done. It's pain tolerance. It's a question of mobility. It's a question of can he skate at the level in the NHL he needs to follow."

Even though we as fans complain about his slow skating, Ohlund is still key to our defence. As we've seen over the last few weeks, our defence needs help. He played on the PK, blocked shots and laid out the occasional big hit or two. At 35 it becomes not just a question whether he can come back this season, but whether he will play at all?

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Written by Dani Toth | 15 December 2011

Oh Lightning, why must you make winning so hard?

The Lightning traded goals in the 1st period with the Flames and then dominated the 2nd period. By the time they came into the 3rd period, the Lightning were up 4-2. They led the Flames in shots on goal at 28 to 14.

Garon is doing one handed-push ups

Just 20 minutes of hockey to seal the win, but could the Lightning hold on?

Click here to keep reading the recap...

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