Kukla's Korner Hockey
As I just tweeted, Stamkos slid into the post, was in some severe pain when taken off the ice.
added 2:48pm Video of the injury below... (5:00 minute video)
from Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times,
So you would expect Tampa Bay to be feeling pretty good about itself after a 3-2 overtime win at Joe Louis Arena.
But did you expect this bit of bravado?
"I learned that our team can play with the big boys," coach Jon Cooper said.
"We're proving," center Steven Stamkos said, "that we're for real."...
The game turned, though, in the second period when the Lightning killed 6:48 of penalty time — all but 13 seconds continuous and including 36 seconds of five-on-three — and four seconds later got Stamkos' wrist shot goal for a 2-1 lead with 7:10 left.
"The guys were focused," Cooper said. "It was positive all around. There was no, 'I can't believe you took that penalty.' Everybody was picking each other up saying, 'We're killing this off.' "
"The turning point of the game," Stamkos said. "Guys were sacrificing. It was a huge momentum swing for us."
from Gary Shelton of the Tampa Bay Times,
He could always score and, for a long time, that was all the world saw in him. From the time Barry Melrose was as wrong about Stamkos as any coach has ever been about a player, he has been an offensive force. He was a better skater than most realized, and he had great hands, and he had terrific vision. It was as if the puck turned into a grenade whenever it touched Stamkos' stick, and the explosion always happened in the back of the net.
The newest version of Stamkos has been improved, however. These days, he is a more complete player. He can still score (13 goals in 15 games), but at the ripe old age of 23, Stamkos has become a wiser player, more mature....
Wouldn't you expect this? Great players in their early 20s tend to get better. They figure things out as they go, and the parts of hockey that didn't seem as important suddenly matter a great deal. They grow into their bodies, and they grow into their sport. They get it.
And so it is that Stamkos has spent this year challenging his own reputation. Yes, he is still the scorer from the highlights. These days, however, he is more. Honestly.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
For most of the first month of the NHL season, there has been pretty much nonstop praise for the Colorado Avalanche and general marveling at the depth of talent in the Western Conference. And with good reason. The West rocks.
The Eastern Conference? Well, after the Pittsburgh Penguins, it's pretty much a scrap heap of the broken-down, dysfunctional and just plain lousy. Or you might be excused if that's the impression you got having to watch Philadelphia, Buffalo, et al flail around on the east side of the continent.
But take a little closer look and, hey, it's the Tampa Bay Lightning sitting atop the Atlantic Division. How the heck did that happen?
Head coach Jon Cooper joked shortly before the Lightning's big home victory Saturday over a tough St. Louis Blues club that he was OK if another rookie head coach, named Patrick Roy, got more attention and people continued to ignore the Lightning right until next April.
"We're 100 percent perfectly fine being in the southeast part of the hockey world until they make the call for the 16 teams to play in the playoffs, and hopefully we're one of them," Cooper told ESPN.com.
from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
In the short film, which lasts around two minutes, Stamkos portrays fictional hockey player Shawn Warford, who gets traded by his father/coach and goes on to score five goals with his dad on the opposing bench. The film also features Edmonton’s Jordan Eberle — who did his own Moment Zero ad portraying Kevin Walker — and TSN television personality Bob McKenzie.
Being in that situation gave Stamkos a new appreciation for actors and those involved with filming movies and television.
“It’s amazing that it’s that long of a process,’’ he said of the 8½-hour day to shoot two commercials. “There’s a lot of sitting around, a lot of waiting, moving of camera angles and stuff like that and for (90 seconds) of actual video. So I have a lot of respect for actors and what they have to go through to make a movie and that’s a two-hour movie.
“It’s an unbelievably long and sometimes painful process, but in the end the professionals that edit it, they make it look good.’’
You can watch the video below...
This goal, credited to Johathan Toews, tied the game just after Stamkos scored for Tampa on the power play.
But justice was served, as Martin St. Louis scored in OT to give the Bolts a 6-5 win.
Here is the 'Toews' goal...
added 10:30pm, Below is the OT goal by St. Louis....
from Tracey Myers of CSNChicago,
Yzerman is trying to do in Tampa what his former team, the Detroit Red Wings, have done for years. It’s also been part of the Chicago Blackhawks’ blueprint in their rise back to success and winning two Stanley Cups in the past four seasons. Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman says it constantly: you have to develop your own talent, you can’t lean on the free-agent market to build your team. After this Cup season, Bowman largely stayed away from the summer market, focusing on Rockford players who deserved their opportunity to make the big club.
The squads that have followed that mantra have found sustained success. Yzerman is trying to do the same with the Lightning. And Tampa’s youth is on board with it.
“Steve’s been honest with us,” Tampa Bay defenseman Mark Barberio said. “He said, ‘We want you guys to get your ice time in the American (Hockey) League, develop as players there.’ And when it’s time for us to move up we’re not too shell-shocked or out of place. You get to go out and play hockey and do your job.”
Being in Yzerman’s presence, still, can be humbling. This is a three-time Cup winner who was a captain for more than 1,300 career games. But Johnson said Yzerman’s down-to-earth nature helps.
via Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
Lightning captain Marty St. Louis missed Wednesday's practice with what the team said was a lower-body injury. There was no other immediate information.
St. Louis, who had two goals and three points in Tuesday's 5-1 victory over the Kings, took a Drew Doughty slap shot off a foot about five minutes into the third period while killing a penalty. He finished the game but walked with a noticeable limp as he left the locker room after the game.
St. Louis, 38, is off to a terrific start with four goals and 10 points in his first six games. His 10 points are second in the league behind Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby.
“On the bench after that goal, we were kind a looking at each other just thinking, ‘Did he really do that?’ It’s a shame when he was in Detroit with Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Lidstrom for all those years, because not a lot of people talked about him. But he is getting a chance to show what you can do and it’s impressive.’’
-Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Valtteri Filppula. More on "Flip" from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune.
Below, watch the goal Stamkos is talking about...
from Katie Baker of Grantland,
His team had just beat the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks to pick up its first win of the season, but Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper remained uneasy. Despite tying the road game in the third period and going on to win in a shootout, the Lightning had gotten off to an ugly start, recording zero shots on goal in the first period.
"I was looking for the police when we left the locker room," Cooper said on Saturday night after the comeback win, "because I thought we'd get arrested for stealing. We stole two points."
Spoken like a true attorney — which was, just a decade ago, Cooper's full-time profession, but which these days seems like an increasingly distant past life. Once a public defender in Lansing, Michigan, who snagged some pickup ice time with colleagues here and there, the Tampa Bay Lightning's coach has worked his way up through the hockey ranks to become one of the NHL's more intriguing recent hires.
His résumé spans outposts like Texarkana and Green Bay; he's won championships with ragtag teenagers and with men on the cusp of an NHL dream. He has a career trajectory similar to some on-ice prospect who's short on pedigree but long on performance, who expects little but is willing to go through a lot. And oftentimes, he sounds more like a newly drafted player than a 46-year-old coach.
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