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Various Paths to Tampa Bay’s Early Success

It’s been said, time and again, that the truly great teams can beat their opponent on any given night with any particular style of play. While this year’s Tampa Bay Lightning shouldn’t be too quick to anoint themselves the NHL’s next great club - after nine games, that would just be silly - the results have been impressive to this point and wins are coming in a variety of ways.

Tonight’s triumph over visiting Pittsburgh was of the comeback sort, with the Lightning rebounding from a pair of first period shorthanded tallies by the Penguins, an early goaltending change with Dan Ellis replacing Mike Smith after three goals allowed on seven shots and a 3-1 deficit overall. While no team wants to get in the habit of having to battle back like that and, surely, it can drive a coach crazy, that the Lightning have already proven capable of doing so gives them immeasurable confidence and should pay dividends down the road.

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  Tags: dan+ellis, dana+tyrell, guy+boucher, martin+st.+louis, mike+smith, steven+stamkos, vincent+lecavalier

The Bolts Beat, 10/26/10: Week in Review, Rypien, Kovalchuk, NHL Surprises/Underachievers & More

In the latest episode of the show, Jon, Mike and Mark review the Lightning’s 2-1-1 record in the week just past, discuss some minor injuries currently nagging the club as well as possible recalls, analyze the recent messes with Rick Rypien in Vancouver and Ilya Kovalchuk in New Jersey and offer up their early season surprise teams and underachievers. As usual, Mike gets all emotional with his Missed Call of the Week, while Jon’s What the Hell Was That? segment features a sincere apology to the fans on behalf of the show and a call for increased responsibility in the “fan blogger” community. Finally, Mark gets his wings, debuting his new end-show segment, “Missing the Mark” - (a temporary title, as he reaches out to the show’s audience for feedback and other ideas).

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk, rick+rypien, simon+gagne, simon+gagne, steven+stamkos

JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/25/10 (Catching Up on the Weekend Edition!)

We’ve got some catching up to do as I intentionally stayed off the radar this weekend. (For the first time since the arrival of our second son, we had no visitors! Bliss!) Quick cheers for Friday and Saturday night’s action and then onto toasts and a few highlights from yesterday’s games:

Friday’s Three Cheers:
***Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa: Hat trick, 1,000th career point in 4-2 Senators’ win in Buffalo.
**Rene Bourque, Calgary: Hat trick, assist in 6-2 Flames’ win in Columbus.
*Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay: Hat trick, assist in 5-2 Lightning win in Atlanta.

Saturday’s Three Cheers:
***John Tavares, NYIslanders: First career hat trick in 4-3 loss at Florida.
**Jaroslav Halak, St. Louis: 31 saves in 1-0, overtime blanking of visiting Pittsburgh.
*Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit: Two goals, four points in a 5-4 squeaker over Anaheim at the Joe.

And, finally, on to Sunday’s honors:

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  Tags: anders+lindback, daniel+alfredsson, henrik+zetterberg, jaroslav+halak, john+tavares, miikka+kiprusoff, rene+bourque, steven+stamkos

News from the Farm: 10/21/10

If you’re looking for an update on Aunt Bessie’s cow, or information on last summer’s harvest, look on.

If, however, you’re looking for news and information on the top minor league affiliates of the NHL’s Southeast Division clubs, you’re in the right place.

In years past, I would run News from Norfolk as a regular feature on Tampa Bay’s AHL affiliate and now, News from the Farm will feature the Charlotte Checkers, Chicago Wolves, Hershey Bears and Rochester Americans along with the Admirals, to follow the progress of the Southeast’s future stars at the AHL level (and, at least for now, Michael Nylander and Sheldon Souray too).

We’ll look at game results, standings, league and team-leading scorers and goaltenders, pick a player of the week, have a glance at the schedule ahead and keep you abreast of any other developments for these players and their clubs.

Thursday seemed as good a day as any for this weekly feature, so that’s where it will be slotted in to start (and this week, as the first installment, there’s plenty of AHL action to catch up on).

Without further delay, News from the Farm:

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/20/10

A toast to those who shined last night (albeit 10:00 in the morning!) It’s time, once again, for JJ’s Three Cheers.

***A collective cheers to the Carolina Hurricanes, who rode a complete team effort, with five different goal-scorers and 11 players with at least one point, to a 5-2 decision over the Sharks in San Jose. Chad LaRose led the way with a goal and two assists and Cam Ward stopped 41 San Jose shots in the win for Carolina, who will finally finish a seven-game, three-country adventure after stops in Los Angeles tonight and Phoenix on Saturday.

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  Tags: brad+staubitz, chad+larose, miikka+kiprusoff, rene+bourque, rick+rypien, tim+thomas

Ryan Suter Leaves Game With Lower Body Injury

A hard check was delivered to Suter by the Flames Cory Sarich.  It was a shoulder to shoulder type of hit, but you can see it was almost a knee on knee hit too.

added 11:11pm, via Joshua Cooper tweet,

Trotz on Suter’s lower-body injury: “No, not too serious, he may miss a little bit of time here, but nothing major.”

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The Bolts Beat, 10/19/10: Lightning on the Road and a Look Ahead, Plus NHL Officiating Issues & More

In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, the boys discuss the Tampa Bay Lightning’s first road swing of the season and preview the week ahead for the Bolts, Jon’s “What the Hell Was That?” segment brings up an interesting debate on replay, major penalties and the like, Mike defends referees (a sure sign of the apocalypse) and much more.

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Talking Shea Weber Contract

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

I am told contracts talks with Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber will soon begin in earnest. The Preds did communicate with Weber’s agent, veteran Don Meehan from Newport Sports, last month in terms of expressing their vision for the franchise and what an important part Weber is in that vision. The team showed that by making him captain in the offseason, too.

Talk about the most important set of contract talks in franchise history. Weber, a stud blueliner, will be a restricted free agent July 1, only one year away from being eligible for unrestricted free agency.

There are three clear scenarios here:

1. He signs an extension and life is good in Music City.

2. He only does a one-year deal to bridge himself to his UFA year and he can do this by going to salary arbitration next summer.

3. The Preds get nervous they can’t sign him to a long-term extension and put him on the trade block over the summer.

more plus other NHL topics…

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  Tags: shea+weber

Vancouver/Nashville Trade

per Bob McKenzie tweets,

VAN-NAS trade is (Shane) O’Brian and Dan Gendur for (Ryan) Parent and another player not off the NHL roster.

Jonas Andersson is the other player NAS sent to VAN. Andersson will be joining the Manitoba Moose.

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The Bolts Beat, 10/5/10: Predictions Special

In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, the boys offer their conference forecasts, predicting teams 15 all the way to 1 for both the West and the East. Cramming details for all 30 teams into an hour show proved to be a formidable task, with those projected as non-playoff clubs getting far lengthier explanations than those the hosts see qualifying for postseason play. Spoiler alert: Obligatory Alex Tanguay cracks included, the Lightning make the playoffs and Jon’s orange-and-blue hallucinations return (sort of).

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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