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Written by Dani Toth | 08 April 2010

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Last time we played each other I asked if we played any other team besides the Ottawa Senators, now after not seeing them for 5 months I can't remember what it's like to play them. Last time we played the team, games mattered, now not so much.

Enemy Blog: Check out
Five for Smiting and the 6th Sens for your Ottawa perspective. And for something Senator related, my good friend Ryan Classic was asked to gave his thoughts for Ottawa's "most frustrating player" for NBC's PHT, he also writes over at SBN's Silver Seven.

Stamkos is looking for his 48th goal of the year tonight and only has Crosby and Ovechkin ahead of him with 48 goals each currently. This is the second to last game of our home games, and continues the 'fan appreciation' week.

Paul Ranger has been spotted at the St. Pete Times Forum not once but twice this week! This is some curious news since we haven't seen him since October 23rd when he took a leave of absence from the team. I wrote a post about it over at Raw Charge, head over there to read it.

Line-up Notes:


Game time: 7:30pm on SUN (HD)
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Written by Dani Toth | 06 April 2010

Unless they were trying to make me sink even lower by padding other people in my fantasy pool's stats (I'm looking at you Eric Staal), this game tonight was just another look of the Lightning that we have become all too familiar with. Oh this game was part of fan appreciation week? You don't say...

On a positive note, Stamkos got his 47 goal of the season:

Can he get 3 more in the next three games?

I missed writing about this yesterday as it was making its rounds on twitter, but the Lightning have signed their 2007 draft pick, LW Johan Harju to a one year contract.

And TSN is reporting that both Steven Stamkos and Steve Downie could play for Team Canada in the World Championships in Germany. Martin St. Louis has declined the invitation to play for Canada and no word about Lecavalier, but since he girlfriend is about to have a baby, maybe he'll bow out too? Or would he not be invited?

Next game on Thursday against the Senators. For your enemy blog ramblings, check out Five for Smiting and the 6th Sens

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Written by Dani Toth | 05 April 2010

Nike Bauer checks out Stamkos' house mtv cribs style. Enjoy your Easter Monday!

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Written by Dani Toth | 04 April 2010

We have a bit of weekend break before our next game which is at home on Tuesday. Here are a few links to get you by through the weekend

Stamkos Could Have Been a Ranger?
In the New York Post today, Larry Brooks reports that a deal was done by Glen Sather and Len Barrie to trade Stamkos to the Rangers. They had started talking at the opening of the season when the two teams faced off against each other in Prague and by November when they played again the talks had become serious

Barrie was asking to choose two or three from a wish list that featured Michael Del Zotto, Evgeny Grachev, Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky and Dan Girardi.

"How close did we come?" Sather asked rhetorically, repeating the question we posed to him as the Rangers practiced in Tampa on Thursday. "We shook hands on it, that's how close.

"I'd been on it since Europe. I had an agreement with Len Barrie. I asked him if he had the authority to make the trade, and he assured me that he did, because he was an owner.

"But the next day, I found out that he didn't. He went to run the deal by [GM] Brian Lawton, who wanted no part of it. As I understood it, the way it was told to me, Barrie was still going to make the deal, but then he was told that he couldn't unless he got the approval of [co-owner] Oren Koules.

"Koules shot it down," said Sather. "That was the end of it."

Sad to say that I am not the least bit surprised that Stamkos was being shopped by Barrie or the fact that Barrie never consulted his GM that he employs or his co-owner. Thank god it did not happen.

h/t to Lightning Shout for the link

Jim Johnson Returned to AHL
Are they just making up for mistakes made previously? Um, yes. He was an assistant coach that never actually hit the ice. Besides the fact that he was promoted in a way that ruffled feathers, Michael Russo tweeted yesterday that Tocchet wouldn't "allow" Johnson on the ice or take any of his input. So basically, they are acting like children, more on it here.

My Thoughts on NBC's Pro Hockey Talk
Not Lightning related, but I was asked by NBC's Pro Hockey Talk to give my thoughts about the most frustrating player on the Vancouver Canucks. My pick was Pavol Demitra, so go visit Pro Hockey Talk to read my reasoning and check out their new site if you haven't already, be warned they post often (click on the first link to go directly to my post) but don't worry their wit is never compromised.
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Written by Dani Toth | 02 April 2010

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F-U-C-K-I-N-G-T-E-R-R-I-B-L-E

Maybe we were just helping out the playoff hopes of the Rangers...no, no, that's crazy talk, they really were just terrible. Four goals in the first period? FOUR? How do we go from shutting out the Pens to letting in four goals in the first period? Oh wait, Mike Smith was in net.

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If you sat through the whole thing, well I commend you, since I bailed after the 1st. I did however, even with all my distaste for him, did gasp when they wheeled out the stretcher for Downie. Don't wory he did skate off on his own. If you want to read more on this game, you can check out my enemy blog buddy Scotty Hockey who I'm sure will have his thoughts up tomorrow, you know if you like self inflicted pain or the like.

John at Raw Charge has started "Seen Cinquenta?" for the only thing positive thing left that the Lightning have going for them. He's at 46 with four games left for those keeping score at home

Next game on Tuesday against the Hurricanes

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Written by Dani Toth | 30 March 2010

3-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, oh just another day in the life of the Tampa Bay Lightning. It was penalty mayhem in the 3rd period for the Lightning, way to blow your 1 goal lead boy. At least tonight didn't turn in to a 3 point night, so in retrospect for a better draft pick, have fun with those two points CBJ.

Enemy Blog: Pay your respects to the boys over at The Pensblog

No rest for the weak, tonight's game is in Pittsburgh at 7:30pm. Last game of the season tonight against the Pens, but this one could be interesting since it was only 2 weeks ago that Downie attempted to slewfoot Crosby. Crosby himself hadn't scored in seven games, but that drought was ended on Sunday night when he scored twice against the Leafs. The Pens have been without Gonchar and Malkin for the past few games, but both could return tonight.

The Pens are currently battling the Devils for the division lead, ahead by just 1 point going in to tonight's game. Does this game matter to the Lightning? No. Are they going to play hard for their pride? No probably not. Will Downie be stupid again tonight? Oh, more than likely.

Tonight the Lightning will be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs if they lose tonight, so you're saying there's still a chance?

Update:

Victor Hedman is out with a hip flexor injury so Matt Lashoff has been called up from Norfolk

Game time: 7:30pm ET on Versus (HD) and SUN (HD)
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Written by Dani Toth | 29 March 2010

Dear reader,

I haven't posted in a few days because there has been a lack of motivation. I've completely lost the motivation to watch the remainder of the season. Of course I might catch a game or two, but I don't feel the drive to watch each and every game anymore.

There's been so much disappointment with this team. The product on the ice on some nights make it painful to sit through a whole game, in fact I'm pretty sure I wouldn't make it through some games if not for the gang over at Raw Charge that keep me entertained. The team's 7-1 loss to the Sabres on the weekend would have tried my patience if I still cared. Luckily I don't.

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Tonight when I was looking up the point totals for Henrik Sedin (the Canucks are my home team), the league leaders for points amused me. The Lightning have two players in the top 6 of the league, St. Louis at #5 with 87 points and Stamkos at #6 with 86 points.

But the Lightning are also sitting at the bottom of the league in standings.

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Awesome

In the end, no matter how much offense we have, if our defense and goaltending sucks, then our team ends up in the same spot we were last year. Having a coach that doesn't know how to coach the type of the players on his roster has hurt this team. Tocchet doesn't belong in this type of NHL, he doesn't fit the style of what the NHL has become. After the Olympic break, it looked like the team wasn't responding to his coaching anymore and the team themselves completely wasted away their own playoff hopes.

It's too bad this team was in limbo this entire season due to the ownership quarrels and eventual sale of the team. If the ownership was stable, could a decision have been made during the season that could have save this season? Maybe. Could a coaching change have been made that might have saved the season? Maybe, but no reason to wonder since the season is over.

I can only hope for change after this season is over and a change in coaching seems to be the most obvious change to start with.

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