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Roloson Could Take Tampa from Good to Great, Plus Thoughts on M-A Bergeron and More

Let’s not make too much of Dwayne Roloson’s 34-save, shutout debut for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Or, maybe, come to think of it, let’s

It was but one game but what a big game it was.

To best the division rival Washington Capitals like that, with first place at stake in a 1-0 overtime finish, with both teams playing at a feverish pace all the while and the opposing goaltender standing on his head as well… Well, that’s one hell of a debut.

But, really, what you saw on Tuesday night is what Roloson brings to the table consistently. No, not a spectacular shutout performance each night (wouldn’t that be nice?) but a workman-like approach, a battle mentality and a proven track record of giving the team in front of him a chance to win on a nightly basis. Last night, Semyon Varlamov keeping the Bolts off the scoreboard for almost 63 minutes meant Roloson had to completely shut down the formidable Capitals attack and he was up to the task. On some nights, it will mean keeping the opponent from scoring a third or fourth goal.

Whatever the situation, with Roloson, you know what you’re getting.

And this could very well turn out to be the perfect fit with limitless potential.

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  Tags: dan+ellis, dwayne+roloson, guy+boucher, marc-andre+bergeron, mike+smith, steve+yzerman

Losing Has A Different Feel For The Oilers

from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,

You’d think by now Sam Gagner and Andrew Cogliano and Theo Peckham, to name a few of the more seasoned Edmonton Oilers, would be used to the losing.

The Oilers lost 55 games last season, 44 in 2008-09, and once again, the club is parked in the basement of the Western Conference with a meek record of 12-18-7.

Thirty-seven games into the dreadful 2009-10 campaign, the Oilers were 15-18-4.

“I’ve been on a losing team for the past three years. I’m sick and tired of it,” said Peckham. “But this is different than last year. A lot different.”

“Everyone gets tired of losing,” said Gagner. “The biggest thing is to not let it affect the way you’re thinking or the way you play. A lot of times losing breeds losing habits.”


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Stamkos vs. Omark: The Controversy That Isn’t (With a Cameo from Denis Savard)

A few weeks ago, Edmonton’s Linus Omark’s spin move from center ice to begin the eventual shootout winner over Tampa Bay irked the Lightning. Players called it disrespectful, embarrassing and so on and so forth. I opined that it was no big deal and that the Bolts were overreacting. A day later, many of them realized just that, including the victimized goaltender, Dan Ellis, in particular.

“Bottom line, the kid scored,” Ellis told ESPN 1040’s Mike Corcoran. “In the end, if we want to go spin every time and put the puck in the net, then so be it.”

Last night, Steven Stamkos was awarded a penalty shot against Montreal and converted to lengthen the Lightning’s lead in an eventual 4-1 win with a more traditional spin-o-rama from in tight.

And, sadly, it didn’t take long for several mouths to start yapping about Stamkos’ attempt being just like Omark’s, when nothing could be further from the truth. Snarks aimed at Ellis, specifically, were commonplace and one has to wonder, at this point: What is it that people outside of Tampa (and maybe Detroit?) seem to hate so much about the Bolts? Success breeds contempt, I suppose - or maybe it’s a Florida/Southern hockey thing… But it seems like any time anything even remotely spicy pops up around this team, so many are - pardon the pun - lightning-quick to pile on.

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  Tags: dan+ellis, denis+savard, linus+omark, spin-o-rama, steven+stamkos

Video- Highlight Fight

Zack Stortini and Colton Orr last night and check out the one linesman who seemed to want to break up the fight a couple of times.

Probably one of the better fights of the year.

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  Tags: colton+orr, zack+stortini

The Bolts Beat, 12/14/10: Omark’s SO Goal, Lightning Goaltending, Evgeni Nabokov and More

On this week’s episode, Jon, Mike and Mark discuss the “controversial” shootout move by Edmonton’s Linus Omark that beat the Lightning on Friday, address the ongoing goaltending concerns and ponder what, if anything, GM Steve Yzerman might do to fortify the team’s netminding, including the hot topic from yesterday - the idea of signing free agent goalie Evgeni Nabokov.

Plus, the word “foof” is used, which has to be considered a milestone of some sort.


Listen in after the jump…


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  Tags: dan+ellis, evgeni+nabokov, linus+omark, mike+smith

Motivation For The Leafs

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

At 18 years old Taylor Hall faces a bank of cameras and microphones in front of his dressing room stall almost every single day of his professional life.

To his credit, it is a rare occasion when he slips up, as he likely did Monday when asked whether his Oilers will have to play better against the Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday than they had in Sunday’s 12-shot effort, a 2-1 loss to Vancouver.

“Hopefully we can compete a lot harder. Because (Toronto) is a team that, if we do, it’s there for the taking,” said Hall, a 29-game veteran of the wars.

There for the taking, eh?

You can just hear Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson ripping that quote out of the morning paper and handing it to the dressing room attendant with a roll of tape.


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  Tags: taylor+hall

Canucks With A New Complaint

via Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

When the game was over, several Canucks said: “Are you going to write about that penalty shot?”

Of course we are because it’s not often we see one called when a forward is trying to score by going around the dot. That’s what happened Sunday when Magnus Paajarvi got by Andrew Alberts, around the faceoff circle.

The Canucks defenceman lunged backward in an attempt to swat the puck away or knock Paajarvi’s stick, as the Oiler forward took a sharp angle toward the net. Alberts’ stick tripped Paajarvi, who still got both a shot on net and a penalty shot, thanks to referee Brad Meier. He’s the same ref who just happened to let a similar play go Saturday night when it was Ryan Kesler in the Paajarvi role.

“I asked Brad what was the difference between (Paajarvi) and Kes on Saturday and he said ‘it’s way different,’” Vigneault said. “I’ll have to look at it again.”

You can play ref and make the call by watching the video below…

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  Tags: magnus+paajarvi

Oilers Don’t Matchup With Canucks

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Their Swedes versus your Swedes.

Their centres versus your centres.

Their defence versus your defence.

It was time for a men versus boys game in Edmonton if for no other reason than to settle the town down and provide the latest reality check and update.

Just when some fans were beginning to get giddy with the Edmonton Oilers having gone 7-2-1 in their last 10 games and the way the kids have been going, the Vancouver Canucks showed up at Rexall Place Sunday night.

The contrasts were conspicuous and conclusive.


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Linus Omark On Mark

Am I the only one who thought the Linus Omark shootout goal was not jaw-dropping, spectacular, fabulous, etc.  Spin move at center ice?  What’s next, a back flip?  Anything is possible when you have the ice to yourself!

added 9:19am, from Gerry Moddejonge of the Edmonton Sun,

“I didn’t think it showed a lot of respect in this game,” said Stamkos, who missed his shootout attempt in Round 2.

“I mean, you don’t see Crosby or Ovechkin doing that and they’re the two best players in the game.

“(Omark’s) a creative player, he’s got good skill. I’m not taking that away from him, but it didn’t really have any implication on his moves, so I don’t know why he did that.”


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  Tags: linus+omark

14 Goalies Since Khabibulin, Lightning Still Looking for a New “Wall” in Net

Tonight in Edmonton, the Tampa Bay Lightning will face an old friend, as goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin will man the Oiler nets.

Sadly, the 37-year-old Khabibulin still has to be looked at as Tampa Bay’s last consistent, go-to netminder. “The ‘Bulin Wall” was a force for the Lightning during his time in Tampa, with a sturdy 2.39 goals against average and .917 save percentage in 192 games from 2000-2004. These are pre-lockout numbers, yes, but his performance in the current, more inflated era – 2.87/.903 – would still best just about every other Bolts goaltender since his departure after the Stanley Cup season of 2003-04. Tampa Bay has tried 14 different goalies between the pipes in that time, with largely underwhelming results.

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  Tags: dan+ellis, mike+smith, nikolai+khabibulin

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