The Lightning made it clear it isn't going to show much patience when the team goes through rough patches. So, after two consecutive games in which the team struggled, Tampa Bay made several lineup changes for Friday night's game with the Hurricanes.
Lightning center Steven Stamkos was named the NHL's first star of the week for the week ending Sunday. Stamkos had three goals and seven points in three Tampa Bay victories, and had the shootout winner Sunday against the Panthers.
Lightning coach Jon Cooper on Saturday noted how the schedule "tightens up" in November. With thatin mind, as well as the belief it is inevitable roster depth will be tested, he shook up the lineup a bit for Saturday's game with the Sabres. Defensemen Keith Aulie and Mark Barberio were added. Defenseman Andrej Sustr and wing P.C. Labrie are …
Lightning captain Marty St. Louis missed Wednesday's practice with what the team said was a lower-body injury. There was no other immediate information, though St. Louis apparently was seen leaving the Tampa Bay Times Forum wearing a walking boot.
Lightning center Steven Stamkos said he is not exactly sure what the rule is concerning a referee helping a player in distress. But he said he knows the Penguins bench "was losing its mind" when it saw during Saturday night's game at the Tampa Bay Times Forum referee Gord Dwyer give Stamkos a push toward the bench late in the third period.
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