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from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
After pointing out that pundits have counted his group out all season long, he noted that Montreal has a recent history of squandering leads in the playoffs.
"We got home ice and didn’t deliver the way clearly we wanted to," Cooper said after Sunday’s morning skate at the Bell Centre. "So now you look in the room at those guys and (say) `What do we have to lose?’ Everyone thinks we’re supposed to lose. Now I’m hearing (we’re) done, (we’ll) be on the golf course by Wednesday, I’ve heard it all. But at some point they’re going to have to do that in front of their fans, try and knock us out.
"I’m sure they’ve never had a 2-0 lead on the road and come back and blown it."
Cooper was likely referencing the 2011 playoffs against Boston, but could also have been alluding to a 2006 series with Carolina or a 1996 series against the New York Rangers. On all three occasions, the Habs won the opening two games on the road but still lost the series.
"I'm pretty confident in this group right now. Every time it looked like we were going on a slide, these guys found a way to rebound."
-Jon Cooper after the Tampa Bay Lightning went down 0-2 to the Montreal Canadiens. More on the Lightning from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times.
“We didn’t have the puck enough. When we had it, we’ve got to start putting pucks in the areas where we can get them back. We’ve got to get pucks in areas where once we get it, we can hang on to it. I thought we didn’t play with the puck as much as we normally do, but the one thing about our team tonight — I thought we got better and better as the periods went on.
‘The third period was obviously our best period, but we started playing more of our game in the third period than in the first two. We’ve got to kind of make those adjustments here, and hopefully have three periods more like the third period was, and capitalize on the chances that we had.”
-Claude Julien post-game after the Boston Bruins lost 1-0 to the Detroit Red Wings. More from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.
At the end of the night, we handed them their opportunities and their goals. We skated well, the effort was great but we made a couple mistakes that cost us.
-Lindy Ruff, head coach of the Dallas Stars after their 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. More post-game quotes from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News. The Stars are down 0-2 to the Ducks.
A great Inside Hockey feature by Elliotte Friedman on Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper.
Thanks to xXxCrosby87Xx for the upload...
from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
When Ben Bishop fell to the ice diving for a puck on April 8, the conventional thinking suggested the Lightning’s playoffs hopes plummeted with him.
A week later, confidence in Tampa Bay’s goaltending has been almost fully restored as the Lightning get set to start their opening-round playoff series against Montreal. With Bishop not expected to be ready to return from what the team classified as an upper body injury, Anders Lindback is expected to get the call for Game 1 on Wednesday.
Whatever doubts might have lingered when the Lightning were forced to turn to Lindback were washed away in Lindback’s three appearances down the stretch.
Since stepping in for Bishop early in the first period against Toronto, Lindback has allowed just two goals in three games, posting a 0.67 goals-against average and .975 save percentage while winning all three games. His first shutout in a Lightning jersey during Sunday’s 1-0 shootout victory in Washington clinched home ice for Tampa Bay....
“He’s playing with a lot of confidence, and I said it time and time again: that is just a great guy and he works his tail off,’’ defenseman Matt Carle said. “So, it’s no surprise to see how well he’s doing. And it’s just great for our team and we have a lot of confidence playing in front of him.’’
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
Lightning left wing Ryan Malone was arrested Saturday morning on charges of driving under the influence and cocaine possession.
"We are aware of the sitution concerning Ryan Malone this morning," general manager Steve Yzerman said in a statement. "Ryan will not travel with the tem to Washington today, but beyond tht we cannot comment further at this time."
NEW YORK (April 12, 2014) – Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner of the National Hockey League, today released the following statement regarding Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone:
“We are aware of the situation this morning involving Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone. Under the terms of the collectively bargained joint NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program, Mr. Malone is subject to mandatory evaluation and, if deemed necessary by the Program Doctors, treatment pursuant to the terms of that Program. His future playing status, both in the near term and during the Playoffs, will be determined in accordance the terms of our SABH Program.”
from Katie Strang of ESPN,
Folks in Tampa were right to be fretting when goaltender Ben Bishop went down with injury this week. After all, Bishop was the driving force in keeping the Tampa Bay Lightning among the top teams in the East even without star forward Steven Stamkos for several months.
But what a strong performance from Anders Lindback in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Lindback was terrific in his first start since March 22, making 34 saves to lift the Bolts against a Flyers squad jockeying for postseason position.
With Bishop's playoff status uncertain, Lindback will need to be just as good come playoff time. Thursday night he showed he's capable of handling the job.
read on for Burnside on the Blues, Custance on the Devils and LeBrun on the NHL replacing Brendan Shanahan...
Bishop went off favoring a shoulder. You can see when he is helped off the ice he is holding one shoulder higher up than the other.
The Lightning say he will not return tonight, upper-body injury.
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
Yzerman, 48, On Tuesday took some time to share his thoughts on several topics, from his evolution as a general manager to the difficulty, or ease, depending on how you look at it, of maintaining his organizaional vision on the NHL level and with AHL Syracuse.
On his contract extension: Four years have gone by very quickly. Initially, when I was excited about the opportunity and Jeff offered me the position, first and foremost was my meeting with him and how much I enjoyed talking with him and his vision of the organization, and that hasn’t changed to date. We’ve got a lot to do. We’ve made a lot of changes that you see on the ice and off the ice. We’ve got a lot of work left to do and as an organization as a whole and a team (we're) going in the right direction. I want to continue with the process, and I’m grateful to get the opportunity to continue.
Two giveaways by Tampa Bay goaltender lead to two goals for the Calgary Flames. The Flames won the game 4-1.
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