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Written by Dani Toth | 08 October 2011

I wrote a recap for tonight's game over at Raw Charge. Please head over there to read about the no show effort by the Lightning tonight.

But as promised, to make you feel better, Mike Smith has let in 6 goals AND COUNTING as of right now.

Feel better?

Next game is on Monday against the Caps. no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 08 October 2011

It's Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada. So I'm late with thoughts from last night and my preview, so let's do a quick recap then look at tonight's game.

So in the first game of the season, we got to witness the Lightning win 5-1 over the Hurricanes. You could also call it a collapse of Carolina or as Canes blogger @Shutdownline described it, meltdown.
  • The first period had the Hurricanes have the edge for much of it. The Lightning looked like they were trying to hold on and Roloson had to bail them out a few times.
  • Jeff Skinner appears out of nowhere and it's 1-0 by the end of the 1st
  • The 2nd period intermission got me acquainted with Lecavalier's "uhhhhhs" in his speach. "We want to, uh, work hard, uh, get the puck on net. Uh, one period and a time".....
  • Ryan Shannon is a 5 year verteran Sun Sports? They give out veteran status like it's free candy
  • Interesting to note that Ryan Shannon spent the summer working out with Marty St. Louis. I have not had visions of tiny midget hockey players
  • Roloson had a patient save on Staal's deflected shot after the Stamkos boarding penalty
  • St. Louis scored his 299th career goal. Crazy
  • The Lightning had 5 different scorers: St. Louis, Lecavalier, Downie, Hall, Malone
  • Ward is as surprised as I was that Hall scored
  • Connolly had his moments. But if he hopes to stay with the team, he'll have to have a big game in the next 3 games
  • Blair Jones had a great game
  • Again, Blair Jones had a great game
If you like stats, the Shutdown Line posted the scoring chances from last nights game

Game 2: Lightning v. Bruins

Enemy Blog: Head over to Days of Y'Orr for your opposition blog coverage

Game time: 7:00pm EST on SUN (HD), NHLN-US

After watching 7 games of these two teams in the playoffs last year, can we get more of the same tonight? Tonight should be a good one with the two meeting early in the season after going the distance in the playoffs. The Bruins opened on Thursday, took 2 hours to raise their banner and then lost to the Flyers.

After playing last night, the Lightning will have a few changes in their line-up. Garon will be in for Roloson and my rookie all-star from last night Jones is out for tonight in place of Pyatt. Give me strength to not throw my laptop out the wind down every time Chief calls him Pie-yett throughout the night.

And remember this from the playoffs?

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Written by Dani Toth | 03 October 2011

Shanahan on Malone video

First off, Shanahan is a stud. We really could end this post right here but let's go on and share the newest video, this one pertaining to our teams.

Today's video was about Ryan Malone's non-suspension after his hit on Chris Campoli. I actually thought that at the rate suspensions were being given out Malone would have had one coming to him. Since the Lightning won't play until Friday, I had expected this one to take a few days but the NHL was quick today in addressing the hit and why they didn't feel it was a suspension.



After watching the video, great judgement by the NHL. Also great to have Malone suited up for the first game of the season.

Connolly

Brett Connolly had a bit of a Q&A today via the Lightning twitter. You can read his answers here but to save you time, they all go a little like "the guys have been great", "a lot of fun", "exciting" blah blah blah.

Today someone asked on twitter whether anyone thinks Connolly will stay up with the team for the whole year?

My first thought was that I hope he does. But then again, another year in juniors would not hurt either. Not that they are the same caliber in player, but I wouldn't want to rush Connolly like Wright was rushed when he was allowed to stay up with the club during the Tocchet season. And where is Wright now? Yeah, still in the AHL.

Connolly is different though. He's got a better skill set and has been so dedicated to working hard to meet the team. From the Vancouver Sun, Connolly left his home for the summer to train with trainer Peter Renzetti in Toronto. He's put on 10 lbs of weight but seems so much bigger and stronger because of it.

On Wednesday the Lightning will need to cut their roster by two players, and I'm thinking he stays. But just because he'll start with the The Lightning doesn't mean he'll spend the whole year with the team. The Lightning still have 9 games to decide whether they want to keep him up all year with the team and burn through his first year of his contract, or whether they opt to send him back to Prince George.

Ohlund on the IR

As per Cristodero, Ohlund will start the season on the IR. The IR is retroactive to Thursday and lasts a minimum of 7 days. Thought he'll be eligible to play in the season opener in Carolina, I think it's pretty doubtful that we'll seem him on Friday. Let's all curse him and his contract right now. Might as well get warmed up at it since we'll be doing it all season when he skate slowly across the ice. no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 29 September 2011

In the most important real news of the day: the Lightning are looking for women for the 2011-2012 Lightning Girls team.

Here is the info on how to apply via The Tampa Tribune

Interested females must be 18 years of age or older at the time of the interview and must have a high school diploma or general education diploma (GED). Candidates are advised to submit a resume, one 5x7 headshot and a two-minute video DVD expressing their desire to be a Lightning Girl and any special talents or unique skills they may have.

Dance, cheer, hockey knowledge and the ability to skate is preferred, but not required. Candidates should have an outgoing personality with strong interpersonal skills and should also be comfortable with performing in front of a large audience and communicating effectively with the public in an engaging manner. Individuals with a special interest in sports, exercise and living a healthy lifestyle are encouraged to apply.

The Lightning Girls engage and entertain fans at all Lightning home games and appear at various appearances throughout the Bay Area each year. They create an energetic social tone by providing inspiration, enthusiasm and support for the hockey team. They encourage positive attitudes, healthy lifestyles, work ethic, discipline and determination while serving as ambassadors who recognize the importance of civic outreach, charity involvement and proudly giving back to the community.

For more information interested girls should contact Kelli Yeloushan at (813) 301-6574 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Written by Dani Toth | 29 September 2011

The Lightning have had a few days between pre-season games and get back at it tonight. They have two games left, both being against the Montreal Canadiens. Tonight's game will be in Montreal at the Bell Centre and Saturday's will be in Quebec City at the Colisee Pepsi.

So what have they been doing for the last few days?

Well we know that they were in Mont Tremblant doing team building exercises. Since most of you are not familiar, Mont Tremblant is a ski resort during the winter with outdoor activities like golf and hiking during the summer. Last year's team building consisted of a paintball outing but this years' seems to be a lot more cerebral.

Via the Montreal Gazette, they folded sweaters and looked at "threedimensional drawing and re-create the shape using blocks". Lecavalier eloquently described it as "thinking stuff".

They had a variety of challenges to complete in small teams with the winning team getting a maple leaf shaped bottle of syrup. No seriously, that was the prize. Read the full story over at the Montreal Gazette.

The team also ended up donating equipment that was used during the challenges to the Tremblant Minor Hockey Association.

Puck drop for tonights game is at 7:30pm and can be see on NHLN-US, RDS and TSN.
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Written by Dani Toth | 25 September 2011

This is a little late, but I am still catching up on this weeks' online readings and came across this. If you have read my weekly links posts over at Raw Charge, you will know I am a big fan of the 30 Thoughts that Elliotte Friedman does, this week he has two points on St. Louis:

12. Was waiting with Martin St. Louis before our scheduled interview at the NHL junket in New York earlier this month. Holding an empty bottle of water, he pointed at a garbage can about 20 feet away. "If I get this in, I don't have to do the interview, ok?" he said. Should've known never to bet against him. He still did the interview, though.

13. St. Louis on Tampa's very positive 2010-11 season: "That's last year. No longer matters."

The first one sounds like a Marty thing to do and the second one is what I want to tell everyone who asks me in a season preview if the Lightning can match last year. no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 25 September 2011

The Lightning still have a boatload of players on their roster, so it's expected that there are going to be a lot of cuts coming to the team today or tomorrow. The first ones have come out via two of the players' own twitter this morning:
I'll update this list later if we get any more players that are cut today. The one I am keeping my eye out for, Brett Connolly, is still with the team and he tweeted that he'll be in Montreal tomorrow. Fingers crossed for him.

As for waivers, these are the Lightning players on waivers today (via TSN):
  • Mike Angelidis
  • Michel Ouellet
  • Richard Petiot
  • Alexandre Picard
  • Trevor Smith
  • Michael Vernace
  • James Wyman
The deadline for claiming these players is 12pm Tuesday Sept 27th

UPDATE at 4:30pm:
Via press release from the Lightning, the team has cut 27 players leaving 26 players on the roster. 15 forwards, 9 defencemen and 2 goaltenders make up the 26 remaining players

Full list of players cut:

No.     Name                    Assigned To
59     Mike Angelidis*     Norfolk (AHL)
15     Carter Ashton     Norfolk (AHL)
50     Mark Barberio     Norfolk (AHL)
36     Cory Conacher     Norfolk (AHL)
62     Philip-Michael Devos     Norfolk (AHL)
55     Jeff Dimmen     Norfolk (AHL)
39     Matt Fornataro     Norfolk (AHL)
75     Radko Gudas     Norfolk (AHL)
38     Alex Hutchings     Norfolk (AHL)
31     Jaroslav Janus     Norfolk (AHL)
63     Tyler Johnson     Norfolk (AHL)
76     Pierre-Cedric Labrie     Norfolk (AHL)        
64     Charles Landry     Norfolk (AHL)
73     Daniel Milan     Moncton (QMJHL)
37     Pat Nagle     Norfolk (AHL)
41     Eric Neilson     Norfolk (AHL)
17     Michel Ouellet*     Norfolk (AHL)
74     Ondrej Palat     Norfolk (AHL)
71     Richard Panik     Norfolk (AHL)
3     Richard Petiot*     Norfolk (AHL)
28     Alexandre Picard*     Norfolk (AHL)
51     Kevin Quick     Norfolk (AHL)
24     Trevor Smith*     Norfolk (AHL)
40     Dustin Tokarski     Norfolk (AHL)
48     Michael Vernace*     Norfolk (AHL)
43     James Wright     Norfolk (AHL)
34     JT Wyman*     Norfolk (AHL)

* - Must clear waivers
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