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Racing Back for the Puck

From Erik Erlendsson at The Tampa Tribune,

Experience and instincts are a large part of reading the situation. Knowing angles to avoid the hit, knowing where your defensive partner is to make a quick play on the puck, even putting on the brakes to minimize the damage, are all factors. Decisions are made in just a few seconds.

Many times, the option isn’t going to be pleasant.

“You are not scared, but you take a look to see who is breathing down your neck,” Lightning defenseman Shane O’Brien said. “You know your job as a defenseman is to get to the puck first, but if he is right on you, sometimes you can slow down a little bit and let him get right on your back. That way he doesn’t have that stride-and-a-half to bury you.”

more… on all the strategies of being—and checking—a defenseman.

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  Tags: defense, hitting

Smith Out For Lightning

from Lightning Strikes,

We won’t find out until tonight, when Lightning goaltender Mike Smith will see the doctor, but consider that the team is calling up Jonathan Boutin from AHL Norfolk to be the backup to Karri Ramo for tonight’s game against the Panthers and is putting Marc Denis on 24-hour re-call waivers so they can get him in here.

Smith was hurt during a breakaway drill at the end of Monday’s practice when Marty St. Louis fell over him. He was in enough pain to be down on the floor of the locker room in full gear while his left knee was being looked at by trainer Tommy Mulligan.

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  Tags: mike+smith

Taylor May Play One More Game

from Lightning Strikes,

Lightning coach John Tortorella has given captain Tim Taylor the option of playing in the team’s final game of the season April 5 at Atlanta. It would be a way for the center to finish his 13-year career as a player instead of on the sideline, where he has been since Sept. 7 hip surgery.

“He deserves that type of respect,’’ Tortorella said. “He’s been a loyal guy to the organization and has done a lot of things on and off the ice people don’t even know about, so he deserves that right.’‘

continued

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Lecavalier May Have Wrist Surgery

from Lightning Strikes,

Kent Hughes, agent for Lightning star Vinny Lecavalier, said Friday his client might needs surgery on his left wrist in the offseason and at the very least almost certainly will not play in this summer’s World Championships.

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  Tags: vinny+lecavalier

Back From Exile

From Erik Erlendsson at the Tampa Tribune,

Roy, however, remains on thin ice following a blow-up during the third period of a game at Philadelphia on March 6 that led to a 10-day exile from the team. He returned to practice Monday at the Ice Sports Forum - word is his teammates stepped up to defend Roy - but whether he gets into any of the remaining 10 games or how the situation affects his possible return next season remains unclear.

“Don’t ask me any questions about Andre,” said Lightning coach John Tortorella, refusing to address the subject.

Roy didn’t want to talk about the team’s actions Monday, but he did discuss the actions that led to his banishment.

more…

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Why Tortorella Stays

from Lightning Strikes,

As for Torts quitting? Would you leave $1.3-million in the table? Besides, I’m sure he wants to see Prague (kidding).

So get used to the idea of Tortorella coming back. Things may change, of course. Koules may not get it done. Tortorella might say something even Wilson can’t abide. But given the current lay of the land, I’d say bet even money Tortorella and his staff returns to start the 2008-09 season.

more

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  Tags: john+tortorella

Prague Welcomes The NHL

from NHL.com,

New York/Prague—The dream of bringing NHL hockey to Prague, Czech Republic, became a reality today as Prague Mayor Pavel Bem hosted representatives from the New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning and the National Hockey League at the city’s Old Town City Hall. The group officially announced that as part of “NHL Premiere 2008” the Rangers and Lightning will open the 2008-09 NHL regular season with two games against each other Oct. 4th and 5th at the newly-named O2 Arena in Prague.

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators will also open the 2008-09 regular season Oct. 4th and 5th in Europe, with two games in Stockholm, Sweden.

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A First For Parise

from Fire & Ice,

Parise’s fight came 3:47 into the third period against Tampa Bay defenseman Dan Boyle. Parise actually inadvertantly started the altercation by kicking Boyle’s left skate out from under him in the right corner.

“If I did, I didn’t try,” Parise said. “I wasn’t trying to slew foot him or anything. I was just going for the puck. We got back in front of the net and he tried to slew foot me and he got me in the face, so it just escalated from there.”

Parise said he had not been in a fight since midget. “First and probably last for a while,” he said. “I don’t see it happening again anytime soon. It was all kind of a blur when it happened…It was fun. Something you’ve got to do.”

more and the judges at HockeyFights.com chime in too…

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  Tags: dan+boyle, zach+parise

Roy Sent Back To Tampa

from Lightning Strikes,

It didn’t take long for the fallout from Thursday night’s game to be revealed as Lightning enforcer Andre Roy was sent home Friday as the team prepared for tonight’s game against the Devils. Team spokesman Bill Wickett said Roy would not rejoin the team on the road trip which finishes up Sunday in Columbus.

Roy apparently will not be suspended by the league for his antics on the bench in the third period of the 3-2 loss to the Flyers, when he jawed with Riley Cote on the Flyers bench, pointed fingers and made a throat-slashing motion.

read on

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  Tags: andre+roy

The Bolts Break-Up

from Eric Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,

The Fantastic Four is no more.

The quartet of pillars the Lightning built their franchise around is down to a trio after cornerstone center Brad Richards was traded Tuesday to the Dallas Stars in a five-player deal. In exchange, Tampa Bay received what it hopes will be a No. 1 goaltender in 25-year-old Mike Smith.

“I think it’s a good deal,” Lightning coach John Tortorella said. “And I hate saying that because Brad Richards is involved in it. But you put that aside and you think of the business part of it and how it helps your team.”

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