It was going to be Brett Connolly watch, but the news just broke via @AlBristowe that he's staying up with the big club.
Really thrilled to hear that he'll be staying with the Lightning. But this is just the first hurdle for him, as now he faces 73 more games of this night in an night out. Still, this is huge for Connolly. It shows how his hard work and determination to remain with the club is paying off.
As for tonight
- Mathieu Garon is on a 3 game win streak, tonight making his third consecutive start with 36 saves
- Ryan Miller let in 4 goals on 23 shots
- The Lightning battled back from being down 2-0 in the 1st period
- It was a bit of a messy game, lots of breakaways given up
- Lecavalier got his 800th point of his NHL career
- Lecavalier was nailed by Regehr
- Stick taps to Malone for standing up for Cappy
- Matt Gilroy is gaining minutes playing 15:22 tonight
- Huge goal by Malone in the 3rd
I love it. I really, really do. Especially all the awkward takes from certain players. Though, how many takes do you think Boucher took to shoot his part? I imagine him laughing and re-starting multiple times. no comments
Basically Elliote Friedman said that Oren Koules is part of the management group that is led by Matthew Hulsizer who is looking to buy the St. Louis Blues, so we might see a return of Koules to the NHL earlier than you would have expected. You might remember Hulsizer from when his was looking in to buying the Coyotes, but now his sights are on the Blues. On October 5 2011, TSN reported that a non-binding term sheet was drafted though no date has been set on when an actual sale will take place.
It seems Oren Koules wasn't burned by the mess that happened with the Lightning, that he still wants to be back in as an owner. For the good of the NHL and for St. Louis, I hope he has learned from his previous mistake.
To start off the night the Lightning showed off their now toy during the pre-game:
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I think it works.
This is what it looks like in action:
Quick game thoughts:
- Garon got his first shutout of the season and with the team
- Stamkos played really well defensively
- As expected the game was a tight defensive game, the Lightning still got 3 goals but shots were only 26 (Lighting) to 20 (Sabres)
- In addition to being defensive, the Lightning didn't take a plethora of dumb penalties
- The game was a sell out at 19,204
Here is a ridiculous goal by St. Louis
Next game is in Buffalo for the 2nd half of the home and home on Tuesday no comments
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Record: Lightning (2-3-2) Sabres (5-1-0)
Previous games: None yet
Game time: 7:00pm EST on SUN (HD)THERE WILL BE TESLA COILS!
That should be enough for the preview for tonight's game, no? So there will be Tesla coils for at least the pre-game tonight.
So as the stats show, the Sabres have been good so far. They beat up Pacific division teams in Europe and have been trucking along with Miller standing on top of his head the other night. Tonight is the first in a home and home that we'll play against Buffalo. The Lightning had a good game the other night against the Islanders and need to bring that focus tonight. They've only won one game in a string of really crappy play.
Look out for Connolly tonight as it is game #8 for him, the clock is ticking on whether he stays for the season.
@TBLightning tweeted out a photo of Roloson's new 3rd jersey mask. Strange that they would do it before a game that Garon is starting, but my initial though on it was that it is simple. The bolt on the top looks huge and a bit weird, but maybe I need to see this during an actual game to decide. Thoughts on it?
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- Garon will get the start in goal
- Pyatt and Jones in
- Shannon, Gervais and Ritola are scratched
Lecavalier for Luongo?
Excuse me for 5 minutes while I have a good belly laugh about this. AHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHA....Oh Province, you are so silly.
Now let's back up for a minute, since I do live in the city and know what led up to The Province publishing an article like this. So the Canucks have been 1-2-1 going into tonight's game against the Preds. Luongo has not looked great in the games so far, actually his goals against has been terrible, but he rarely does well in the month of October. So with Lundqvist posting a shut-out at one end of the rink on Tuesday and Luongo letting in four goals at the other, fans were a little frustrated. To be honest though, not all of those goals from the Rangers which were his fault and since his team wasn't able to score any goals so maybe Luongo wasn't the real problem in the particular game. But the frustration from watching him meltdown in the SCF, a poor start to start the season and an more than capable goaltender sitting on the bench (Cory Schneider), well the frustrations came out during the game. Luongo got a Bronx cheer when he handled the puck in the third period and instead of Luuu's, he had boo's rained down on him.
Because hockey >>> any other sport in Vancouver, the phoneboards on the TEAM 1040 were lightning up with callers saying to trade Luongo.
So what did The Province do?
They decided to think like those callers, and suggest since Luongo and Lecavalier have similar contracts, let's just trade them.
Many people say the Canucks made a huge mistake in signing Lou to a 12-year, $64-million no-trade contract in 2009 because it makes parting with him impossible. So here’s our solution.
Trade Luongo straight up for Vincent Lecavalier of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who has a similar, $85-million, 11-year no-trade deal. With Steve Stamkos in Tampa, Lecavalier is no longer top dog and could use a fresh start as much as Lou.
Tampa needs better goaltending; we need a power forward. Lou’s wife could finally be closer to her family, and Lecavalier could play hockey again in a city that actually cares about his sport.
It’s a win-win-win-win (Lou, Vince, Cory, fans) solution.HOLD UP.
Lecavalier could use a fresh start? Have any of you in my city seen Lecavalier last season? Last season, especially in the playoffs, Lecavalier has been the closest to his old form than he has been in years.
And most importatly, Lecavalier could play hockey in a city that actually cares?
Last I checked, the Lightning had an attendance record of 19,204 on Monday against the Panthers and 18,181 tonight against the Islanders.
EAT IT PROVINCE