by Jon Jordan on 04/14/11 at 04:17 PM ET
Continuing our collaborative efforts in tackling the Penguins/Lightning series from every angle, I’ve once again teamed with FromThePoint‘s Brian Metzer, sharing my take on some specifics topics of his choice from game one (as he did for me earlier).
Have a look, sneak preview-style, at the first of those inquiries here. After the jump, head on over FTP way for the rest.
BM: Though there has been much talk about Zbynek Michalek’s uncalled high stick on Marty St. Louis, it seemed that the Lightning played a bit undisciplined themselves. I am not saying that based solely on their seven penalties, but on the fact that it seemed that they not afraid to play rough and or get their sticks into guys. What is your take on the situation? Was that due to the fact that they do not fear the Penguins power play at all?
JJ: It’s no secret that the Lightning need to avoid going shorthanded six times, like they did last night, looking ahead. As Coach Boucher talked about, even though Pittsburgh didn’t score, that changes your team’s approach and is so taxing on the penalty-killers. It affects the whole team. The Lightning couldn’t really get into a flow because of a constant parade to the box.
They can play a physical game and, you’re right, aren’t afraid to go that route but the bottom line remains that they have to be careful about getting into penalty trouble. No doubt that played a factor last night.
As for not fearing the Pittsburgh PP, I don’t think that had much to do with their approach. In fact, this team has been very focused all year long on playing their game, rather than worrying about the intricacies of a particular opponent. Granted, every team has certain tendencies that need to be accounted for but, for the most part, the Lightning would employ similar tactics, regardless of the opposition.
For the rest of our most recent exchange (and more great coverage), have a visit to Metz’s site.
And stay tuned for more between he and I throughout the series.
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