Game Night 4/1: Lightning at Panthers

It almost makes me vomit when we drop a game to these clowns. TB-2 FLA-4 You know what the difference is between the inspired effort against the Thrashers and this stinker tonight? Fear. The Lightning are afraid of Ilya Kovalchuk in particular, so they bring their highest intensity level to the rink. Against Florida? These are the patsies that allowed the Lightning to score 4 goals in the third period to tie it last game, so zero intensity. And when you do that, even against patsies, you will lose if the patsies have a goaltender like Roberto Luongo. Lesson learned, I hope. Florida is on the schedule two more times. John Grahame stopped 22 of 26 before being pulled for Sean Burke who stopped 9 of 9. Paul Ranger was -2 in 25:44 with 4 shots and 1 blocked shot. Get well soon Boyle and Kubina. Ryan Craig was -1 in 15:41 with 2 shots, 1 hit and 1 blocked shot. Timo Helbling was -1 in 11:27 with 1 hit. Evgeny Artyukhin had 3 shots and 1 hit in 5:45. Bringing up the rear, Doug O'Brien played just 4 shifts getting 2:45 of ice time. There's a vote of no confidence right there. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS021102.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

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O'Brien

Maybe instead of essentially slapping him in the face by giving him only 2:45, Tortorella should just dress 5 d-men and let Feaster send him back to Springfield. I know that they run the risk of one of them getting hurt, but whose to say that Torts won't just place a forward back on D instead of giving O'Brien more IT?

Kubina and/or Boyle

One or both will be back soon. I don't expect OB to be around much longer so it probably isn't worth stressing over his ice time. I do, however, hope he gets back to Springfield in time to collect that 30th point.

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