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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/14/10

Today’s three cheers, in honor of outstanding performances from last night’s action:

***Cheers to Tampa Bay’s Ryan Malone, whose three-point effort was capped with an overtime winner in Montreal, leading the Lightning to their second win in as many tries on the young season.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Lightning at Canadiens, 10/13/10

Death, taxes and JJ’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The alternative to the standard game recap became a staple of my Tampa Bay Lightning coverage last season and it was only a matter of time before it made its season debut here.

Sure, the title of the regular feature has now been copied by a second-rate Bolts blog as of this morning but the content can’t hold a candle to the original and, hell, you’re here with me and they’re, well… They’re sleeping, I’m sure, on Pacific Time and what not… (Lightning coverage from California? Now that’s insight!)

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Dirty Hit By Maxim Lapierre On Steve Downie?

from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

The incident took place with 4:02 left in the second period as both players chased a puck to the side boards. Downie was in the lead, and it appeared Lapierre extended his arms to push him into the boards.

Lightning coach Guy Boucher and GM Steve Yzerman said they did not see what happened and could not comment. C Steven Stamkos called it “a dangerous hit” and asked the referees why Lapierre was not thrown out of the game. “He said if Downs would have been hurt, (Lapierre) would have gotten tossed,” Stamkos said.

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Crosby Trains To Be Great

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

There are few shortcuts in Sidney Crosby’s game, which many describe as the most complete in the NHL today.

Not surprisingly, there are even fewer shortcuts in Crosby’s preparation off the ice.

At an early age, it was abundantly clear Crosby had the natural skills to play elite-level hockey, but the emerging star in his family knew the best way to make that dream become reality was to train his body to get the most out of those skills.

And as is the case with most success stories, divine providence came into play. As a 13-year-old with a burgeoning reputation as the best teenage player in Canada, Crosby ran into trainer Andy O’Brien, an unproven commodity who had just graduated from college with a kinesiology degree, at a summer hockey camp.

From there, a relationship was born that helped Crosby turn into the elite player he is today.

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Tickets Available In Ottawa

from the Universal Cynic,

Yesterday, the Ottawa Senators announced that there were fewer than 4,500 tickets available for tonight’s game vs. Carolina. Yes, you read that number correctly.

Naturally, the excuses started rolling in. “It’s a mid-week game!” Uh, Thursday games have been commonplace in Ottawa for years, and people have continued to show up. “It’s early in the season!” If you are part of the majority of fans who bitched and moaned about the lack of all hockey all summer, you would think you’d be getting your ass out there every chance you got.

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A New Team In Tampa

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

I’ll say this much for the rebooted Tampa Bay team: they had a new spring to their step in this 4-3 overtime victory over the Canadiens. They’re on the puck a lot more than they have been in recent seasons, which is why Ryan Malone was able to beat Carey Price 4:09 into the overtime.

It’s early, but the changes at the top and behind the bench appear to have brought a new attitude to this bunch, along with a new player such as Dominic Moore.

You’ll remember Moore, won’t you? Played a spell with the Canadiens last season. Played well, too.

I mention him now, because he was the one who did all the work in the crease getting to the puck to Malone for the winner. Then, there’s Vincent Lecavalier, who choreographed the tying goal with only 1:19 remaining in regulation, setting it up for a kid named Steven Stamkos, who knows something about how to score goals….

“I showed a video of him in training camp and I told the players that’s why he scores 50 goals,” Boucher told reporters. (Actually, it was 51 last season.) “He goes into areas where it hurts, and he makes it happen. He’s always there paying the price in front of the goal, and he’s battling.”

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Happy In Toronto

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

He didn’t have a job, you see, after the Atlanta Thrashers had walked away from a $2.4 million arbitration award, and as he contemplated the NHL market in August, it seemed as though all the money had been spent.

“Finally, one team called,” recalled MacArthur. “And of course right away four or five others did.”

In the end, it was the Maple Leafs who appealed to MacArthur most with their lowball $1.1 million offer, and after scoring his third and fourth goals in three games Wednesday night in a 4-3 triumph over Pittsburgh, the 25-year-old left winger might have the Thrashers second-guessing themselves.

“I don’t really care what they’re thinking down (in Atlanta),” he said. “I’m happy here.”

This early-season Leaf honeymoon, meanwhile, has been brief but hugely satisfying as the club moved to 3-0-0 with the victory over the Pens. Ron Wilson’s surprising crew now has a chance Friday night in Manhattan to start unbeaten and untied in four starts for the first time since the 1993-94 season when the club began with 10 consecutive victories.

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Leafs Lose The Fight But Win The Game

Deryk Engelland of the Penguins with a right hand that knocks Colton Orr of the Leafs down to the ice.

I don’t believe Orr played again after the punch.

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The No Points Line

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Olli Jokinen is adamant it’s no big deal to face his old team.

Even though the Calgary Flames forward is the all-time leading scorer for the Florida Panthers and he went from potential early-draft bust to a star, point-per-game player over his seven seasons with the club, Jokinen is doing his best not to concern himself with who provides the opposition for Thursday night’s clash at the Saddledome.

He has much bigger concerns.

He and linemates Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla have all failed to score a point in the firs two outings this season.

It’s not a disaster or time to call the trio a failure yet, but that lack of production won’t quiet the critics who panned the organization for bringing back Jokinen and Tanguay to ignite the club’s stagnant offensive attack.

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Modano Returns To Dallas

from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,

Wings coach Mike Babcock said he intends to start Modano’s line, which includes Dan Cleary and Jiri Hudler, in Dallas tonight.

“He didn’t finish the way he wanted,” Babcock said.

“That’s life. They’ve moved on and so has he. I hope he plays great and gets three.

“His line will start. They’ll get a chance to be out there during the national anthem. They’ll get a chance to introduce him.

“That stuff is important.”

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