2009 Archives http://lightninghockeyblog.com/table/2009-articles/december/ Tue, 23 May 2017 05:16:30 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb St. Louis is disappointed with not making Team Canada http://lightninghockeyblog.com/2009-articles/december/st-louis-is-disappointed-with-not-making-team-canada.html http://lightninghockeyblog.com/2009-articles/december/st-louis-is-disappointed-with-not-making-team-canada.html No Lightning players made the Team Canada roster. Though leading up to the announcement, the only player based on his performance that was still in contention of making the team was Martin St. Louis. Lecavalier's season was not Olympic worthy, and it has been said that he is not a favorite Yzerman based on his style of play (said Jeff Marek on the Kurtenblog radio show a couple of weeks ago). Stamkos had an excellent start and even played himself into being one of the names that was talked about but in the end, his brilliant start came to a slow down.

This is what St. Louis said to the media today (quotes from The Province):

“If I was going to be part of the team, I would have heard by now,” St. Louis said after the Lightning’s morning skate ahead of Wednesday night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.

“It’s very disappointing but it’s part of life,” said St. Louis. “There’s a lot of disappointing things that go on in your life and you just have to live through it, fight thought it.

“It’s a hard to team to make,” added St. Louis. “You could make two teams. There are a lot of good players who are left off.”

And what he said was true. With the amount of talent in Canada, you could make two teams. Two good teams. But the decision came down to which players Steve Yzerman et al. thought would give Canada the best shot at winning gold. Whether you consider it a snub or just realized that it isn't always about YOU (the player), Yzerman had one of the hardest jobs in the world today because you knew that many players would be disappointed. Players like St. Louis, Ryan Smyth, Shane Doan, Vincent Lecavalier, Jeff Carter, Mike Green, Dion Phaneuf, Brad Richards...the list could go on.

Perhaps it was the age of St. Louis? Maybe it was that even though St. Louis had Olympic experience from 2006, Yzerman wanted to have the team get younger? The forwards on the roster are quite young, no? Or maybe his size? Or maybe Yzerman was matching his roster against what the Russian team looked like? Or maybe you look at it like this: if you want St. Louis, who do you take out of the announced roster? Corey Perry? Rick Nash? Dany Heatley?

Either way, all Canadian fans care about in the end is if we win gold at home. It's a big deal here to win gold, and an even bigger deal because it will be at home. If the team doesn't win gold, it will be considered a disappointment. That's the amount of pressure that the players will face in Vancouver.

I think Ryan Smith said it best today when asked about how he felt:
"I believe they picked the 23 guys for a reason, and I know there's a lot of hockey between now and then, but you've just got to go out and play and carry forth," Smyth said. "If an accident happens, it happens, but you can't think about that.

"These guys are going to represent our country with pride, and I'll be their No. 1 fan."

So for all the b-tching I've heard from Lightning media and fans about St. Louis being 'snubbed', I really don't think it was a snub. The word is the wrong word to describe it. I'm sure it wasn't that St. Louis was being snubbed on purpose, it just worked out that other players were a better fit for the team that Yzerman wanted to put together.

thevancitycanuck@gmail.com (Dani Toth) December Thu, 31 Dec 2009 05:37:14 +0000
Game 40: Montreal in Tampa Preview http://lightninghockeyblog.com/2009-articles/december/game-40-montreal-in-tampa.html http://lightninghockeyblog.com/2009-articles/december/game-40-montreal-in-tampa.html Special start time tonight at 7pm tonight for the Canadiens as this game is being broadcast on RDS en francais tonight. Prepare for attendance numbers to swell temporarily and songs of Ole to errupt. Please try to suspend your hate on all Canadians, as we are not all Habs fans.

No local tv for local fans...and I hear that there might not be any local games broadcasted soon if some deal or something isn't made by tomorrow night....I'll have more to say on that after I look into the issue but you can read about it here if you are interested

Enemy Blog: Check out the Four Habs Fans for your Habs centric perspective

Not much to say about the game, most of my morning has been devoted to the Team Canada roster announcement.

Are you surprised that no Tampa players were on the roster? Because I am not. I am Canadian and I trust in Stevie Y's decisions. I'll take Mike Richards or whoever else over Stamkos or Lecavalier right now. St. Louis was the only one with an outside shot really. Former Bolt Brad Richards would have been nice since he's had a great season, but he wasn't invited to camp, so he had that already going against him.

I read this quote earlier: "The Lightning enter tonight's game riding a two-game winning streak, tied for the longest of the season"-Lightning Insider. Puke. Don't fret, we have won 4 of our last 5 games and we're still in the playoff race bobbing around 8th spot. Last time we played the Canadiens it was in Montreal, and we walked away with the win.

This is the last game of 2009, would be nice to end it with a win, non?

Line-up Notes:

  • Mike Smith is in net
  • Walker, Halpern and Fedoruk are still on the IR
Game time: 7:00pm ET on RDS
thevancitycanuck@gmail.com (Dani Toth) December Wed, 30 Dec 2009 20:02:04 +0000
Olympics: Niitymaki named to Team Finland http://lightninghockeyblog.com/2009-articles/december/olympics-niitymaki-named-to-team-finland.html http://lightninghockeyblog.com/2009-articles/december/olympics-niitymaki-named-to-team-finland.html Along with Miikka Kuprusoff and Niklas Bäckström, Antero Niitymaki was named to the Finnish Olympic Team.

On the team is Teemu Selänne, Mikko Koivu, Saku Koivu, Jarko and Tuomo Ruutu, Sami Salo and Kimmo Timonen. For the full roster see here. Finland walked away with the silver medal in 2006, after they lost the gold cup game to Sweden.

Team Czech
The Czechs also named their Olympic roster as well today, see here for their roster, NHL legend Jaromir Jagr was named to the team. They won gold in 1998, and won the bronze medal in 2006.
thevancitycanuck@gmail.com (Dani Toth) December Wed, 30 Dec 2009 15:47:29 +0000
Olympics: Meszaros named to Team Slovakia http://lightninghockeyblog.com/2009-articles/december/olympics-meszaros-named-to-team-slovakia.html http://lightninghockeyblog.com/2009-articles/december/olympics-meszaros-named-to-team-slovakia.html The Lightning's Andrej Meszaros has been named to Team Slovakia for the Olympics. He will join Zdeno Chara and Milan Jurčina on the blue line. Also named to the team is Marian Hossa, Marian Gaborik, Miroslav Satan, Zigmund Palffy, Lubomir Visnovsky, Lubos Bartecko and  Pavol Demitra, for a full list see here.

Their goaltenders, which may be their downfall is Jaroslav Halak (Canadiens), Peter Budaj (Avalanche) and Rastislav Staňa (Severstaľ Čerepovec/KHL).

Other Olympic rosters also released today are Norway and Latvia
-Martins Karsums who is currently playing in Norfolk right now will play for Latvia
thevancitycanuck@gmail.com (Dani Toth) December Tue, 29 Dec 2009 15:53:08 +0000
Game 39: Boston in Tampa Preview http://lightninghockeyblog.com/2009-articles/december/game-39-boston-in-tampa.html http://lightninghockeyblog.com/2009-articles/december/game-39-boston-in-tampa.html Only 4 more day to the Winter Classic! Which means only 3 days for Ty Conklin to get a trade to Philly or Boston to continue his streak of Winter Classics...

Enemy blog: Check out Something's Bruin

This is the second game of the back to back that the Bruins will play on the road during their quick road trip to Florida. The Bruins (19-11-7) beat the Panthers last night 2-1, from the recap I saw, it looked like the Panthers just ran out of gas during the game. Thomas played last night in net for the Bruins, so the Lightning may see Tuukka Rask tonight.

This is the second meeting between Boston and Tampa, the first one was back in Boston on December 2nd with the Bolts taking the loss. The lineup looks much the same as the last game against the Thrashers. Helenius has been sent down back to Norfolk, so expect Niitymaki back, no word yet if he is the starter.

The games on deck for the WJC today is: Canada v. Switzerland and Finland v. Russia

Line-up Notes:

  • Matt Walker is out with a lower body injury (day-to-day)
  • Jeff Halpern and Todd Fedoruk are both out with a lower body injury (two weeks)

Game time: 7:30pm ET on SUN (HD)

For an interesting take on the game, I'd suggest watching NESN for tonight's game if you can get it. From what I've found, they're a pretty good broadcast that assumes you know something about hockey so they don't explain all details like it's Hockey 101.

thevancitycanuck@gmail.com (Dani Toth) December Sun, 27 Dec 2009 22:02:42 +0000
Ohlund Named to Team Sweden Roster http://lightninghockeyblog.com/2009-articles/december/ohlund-named-to-team-sweden-roster.html http://lightninghockeyblog.com/2009-articles/december/ohlund-named-to-team-sweden-roster.html sweden-flag

Sweden announced it's provisional 2010 Olympic roster today and Tampa Bay's Mattias Ohlund returns to the blue line bringing experience Olympic experience with him. The final roster will be announced on February 15th, one day before the tournament, which will be based on who is injured and who is not. Sweden will try to defend its gold medal in Vancouver that they won four years ago in Turin, Italy.


Sweden right now has tons of experience on it's team as well as a ton of injuries. Niklas Lidstrom, Mattia Ohlund and Daniel Alfredsson are on the roster to play their fourth Olympic Winter Games.19 of the announced players are from the NHL, 3 from the Swedish Elite League and 1 from the KHL. Injury wise right now, the Swedish team has 4 players out: Kronwall, Alfredsson, Forsberg and Zetterberg. And yes, I did just write Forsberg.

Henrik Ludqvist (NYR) will be in goal along with Jonas Gustavsson (Leafs) and Stefan Liv (HV 71).

Victor Hedman was not named to the roster.

thevancitycanuck@gmail.com (Dani Toth) December Sun, 27 Dec 2009 21:18:00 +0000
Lightning 4, Thrashers 3 - Bolts WIN http://lightninghockeyblog.com/2009-articles/december/lightning-4-thrashers-3-bolts-win.html http://lightninghockeyblog.com/2009-articles/december/lightning-4-thrashers-3-bolts-win.html lightning_thrashers_dec_26_09

Mike Smith was in net and Riku Helenius was the backup. Yes it was a scary thought, but Smith pulled out a huge with for the Lightning tonight. I didn't catch the whole game as I've been a little sick and the thought of listening to Mishkin yell into my laptop did not sound appealing, so only a few quick thoughts from the recap I saw.

  • Lecavalier had 3 assists and was a +3 tonight
  • Mike Lundin who was just recalled from Norfolk got 1 goal and was a +2
  • Steve Downie had 1 goal and 1 assist, but it's still hard for me to think of him as an offensive winger
  • This was a huge win since they got the win in regulation instead of making this a 3 point game to a SE division opponent
-WJC games tomorrow are: Austria v. Sweden, USA v. Switzerland, Czech Republic v. Finland and Latvia v. Slovakia
-Sweden announces it's Team Sweden roster for the Olympics tomorrow, will we see any of our Lightning on that roster?
-Next game is on Monday against the Bruins
thevancitycanuck@gmail.com (Dani Toth) December Sun, 27 Dec 2009 04:46:00 +0000
Game 38: Atlanta in Tampa Preview http://lightninghockeyblog.com/2009-articles/december/game-38-atlanta-in-tampa-preview.html http://lightninghockeyblog.com/2009-articles/december/game-38-atlanta-in-tampa-preview.html I hope you all had a great Christmas, today is Boxing Day in Canada...which also notes the start of the WJC which is in Saskatoon and Regina this year and the return of hockey after a little Christmas break. A little bit of a lineup shuffle for the Lightning for the game tonight...ok maybe it's a little bit more than a little one....

Enemy blog: Check out Thrashing The Blues

Let's just start with the line-up notes for tonight's game, because this is the main story:
-Lightning recall Mike Lundin and Riku Helenius from Norfolk
-Helenius is up because Niitymaki is taking the game off as his wife is about to expect a baby
-Halpern and Fedoruk have been put on the injured reserve and are expect to be out for 2 weeks each
-Matt Walker has also been put on injured reserve, day-to-day
-With Lundin up, Hale will switch to being a forward

The lines tonight will look like: Tanguay-Vinny-Downie, Malone-Stamkos-St. Louis, Jones-Szczechura-Veilleux, Wright-Konopka-Hale. Oh the Lightning...it's beginning to get a bit comical.

For a warm your heart story on James Wright and his first Christmas as an NHL player, check out Erlendsson's aritcle here. Wright's family will be in attendance for tonight game as they will by flying in for the game.

The games on deck for the WJC is: Czech Republic v. Sweden, Canada v. Latvia, Russia v. Austria and USA v. Slovakia

Game time: 7:30pm ET on SUN

thevancitycanuck@gmail.com (Dani Toth) December Sat, 26 Dec 2009 20:23:30 +0000
Lightning 4, Islanders 2 - Bolts WIN http://lightninghockeyblog.com/2009-articles/december/lightning-4-islanders-2-bolts-win.html http://lightninghockeyblog.com/2009-articles/december/lightning-4-islanders-2-bolts-win.html lightning__islanders_dec_21_09

The Lightning have put together another win, that's two in a row for those of you who are counting. The Bolts were down by one goal to the Islanders, twice, and managed to come back both times. Thoughts on the game:

  • The three guys who got on the score sheet for the Lightning are the guys you want to see get on the score sheet every night: Stamkos, Lecavalier and Malone


PSA: Ryan Malone would like to remind the he's the sh-t
  • Ryan Malone had two PPG's


Ohlund to Smith: "Now this is your pad, you could stop pucks with it..."

  • Mike Smith got a win, that's 6 this year for him. Wow that sounds terrible for our 'starting goaltender'.
  • Fedoruk thought he got a goal, but he didn't
  • Lecavalier's shot came from a pass from Tanguay at 19:41 in the 2nd, and he just ripped it towards the net. He also got an assist off of Malone's 2nd goal
  • Some guy name Nate Thompson (who?) got his first goal this year (again, who?)
  • The Islanders were 0 for 17 on the powerplay during the last 4 games, I'm glad we could help them out ending that streak. You can always count on the Lightning for helping out like that.

Moment That Made You Think Erik Erlendsson Had Lost It on Twitter:

#TBLightning seriously getting outworked to this point, Islanders are forechecking the %#!@# out of them right now, NY 13-6 shot advantage

thevancitycanuck@gmail.com (Dani Toth) December Tue, 22 Dec 2009 04:10:46 +0000
Game 36: Tampa in Long Island Preview http://lightninghockeyblog.com/2009-articles/december/game-36-tampa-in-long-island-preview.html http://lightninghockeyblog.com/2009-articles/december/game-36-tampa-in-long-island-preview.html Saturday night in Long Island there was a blizzard. Whiteout. Not many fans attended, announced was 7842, but HNIC said it was closer to 5000. But the kicker was that according the HNIC, approx 3000 of them were Habs fans, in fact 22 bus loads of them. The Islanders Hockey Blog declares them the worst fans in hockey....get ready Tampa Bay, the Canadiens are coming to St. Petersburg on December 30th and you know they will are bringing the Ole.

Enemy blog: Check out Islanders Hockey Blog

The Lightning flew out of St. Louis on Saturday was diverted to Newburgh, NY because of the storm on Saturday. They then had to take a 2 1/2 hours bus ride to their hotel in Uniondale, but arrived just as the storm was starting to drop snowflakes.

Hoping the win over St. Louis has the Lightning out of their downward spiral, the Lightning play their last away game of the year against the Islanders tonight. The Lightning will try to win the first back to back win for the first time in 6 weeks. 6 weeks! Before St. Louis, the last win the lightning had was over the Islanders back on Dec 5th, where they took it 4-0.

Stamkos is currently 3 goals away from tying his goal total from his rookie season last year.

The Islander have lost 2 straight games so far and are 13-16-7. They have gone 0 for 17 on the power play  in the last 4 games. Dwayne Roloson (11-6-5) is expected to start for the Islander as Biron (2-10-2) lost another game for the Islanders on Saturday.

Line-up Notes:

  • *updates to follow*
Game time: 7:00pm ET on SUN]]>
thevancitycanuck@gmail.com (Dani Toth) December Mon, 21 Dec 2009 13:00:48 +0000