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Cheap Shot On Vinny

from Lightning Strikes,

Vinny Lecavalier will have an MRI on Friday on his injured right shoulder, hurt in Thursday’s game with the Capitals as he fell after a hit by Washington’s Matt Cooke.

Regardless of the outcome, coach John Tortorella said Lecavalier will not play in Saturday’s season finale against the Thrashers.

“It’s an absolute cheap shot,’’ coach John Tortorella said after the game. “It’s a guy in a vulnerable position. It’s interference. The puck isn’t anywhere near him and it isn’t called. It’s an absolute cheap shot.”

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Bolts Plan To Play To The Bitter End

from Lightning Strikes,

Coach John Tortorella agreed in the bigger picture, these games are tough. As he said. “I can’t wait till this (bleep) is over.’’ But he said he does not agree that you give in to a situation.

“It disgusts me,’’ he said. I don’t agree with it and I never will. You play to the bitter end. We’re going to fight as a coaching staff to the bitter end, and I think players should be that way, especially in a young group that we have with the core being our leadership. They need to set an example.’

It better start tonight, which begins a back-to-back against two very motivated opponents, the Hurricanes and Capitals, who are fighting for the division title and a playoff spot.

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Morning Line

from the St. Peterburg Times,

Tortorella said, and Thrashers general manager Don Waddell confirmed, it took a commitment from USA Hockey to supply young players that are “ready to win” to seal the deal.

“We need to look by the old school,” Tortorella said. “We want players to go over there and want to play, not look at it as a chance for a vacation and then play some hockey.”

Tortorella stressed, “This isn’t a criticism of anybody else. It’s just something I believe in. You play to win. It’s a great situation in the changing of the guard.”

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Taylor Says No To One Last Game

from the AP via Sports Illustrated,

The 39-year old Taylor, who has missed the entire season after undergoing offseason hip surgery, has recently been practicing with team. Lightning coach John Tortorella had talked with Taylor about returning for one contest at home

“I’m not coming back” Taylor said during a question-and-answer session with fans before Saturday night’s game against Carolina. “I want to remember the good times. I want to remember playing hockey. I don’t want Torts to send me out to play two shifts and I’ll stand around.”

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Morning Line

from Lightning Strikes,

Lightning coach John Tortorella has been chosen by USA Hockey to coach in this year’s World Championships in Canada. Word is he is bringing associate coach Mike Sullivan with him….

Imagine the scene if the United States knocks Russia out of the semifinals. Torts at his postgame press conference. “It looks good on ‘em,’’ he will say. “I never liked that organization.’‘

Those of you who recall his statements after the recent Panthers game will get that. For the rest: it’s a joke.

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A Matter Of Trust

from Jay Feaster at the Hockey News,

A big issue for me is knowing whom you can trust and whom you can’t.

I know there are some managers in this league who go straight to the media when an email comes to them saying, ‘If you have any interest in this player…’ I know that email might as well be copied to TSN, which is not how I do business. The sooner you learn who you can have a confidential conversation with in this league and who you can trust, the better.

There are some people who understand that’s the way you do business, which is very important to me. And it’s important to make sure your entire organization is run that way. My guys know if they’re out scouting and they talk out of school, there are serious repercussions. That’s just how we do it.

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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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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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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.’‘

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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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