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Matt Carle with the bad turnover. Ilya Bryzgalov played it a little nonchalant too.
In case you want to compare the video to the real thing, watch the goal below…
A typical Stamkos goal nets him 50 for the season.
Stamkos notched goal 49 earlier in the night, which you can watch below…
from Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times,
Because a new collective bargaining agreement between players and owners must be negotiated before next season, there is plenty of uncertainty about the financial parameters under which teams will operate.
That said, Lightning owner Jeff Vinik sent an encouraging message to fans that money will not be a barrier to assembling a winning team.
“Like we’ve always said, we’re not going to be restrained by money, whether it’s the arena or developing people here or the hockey team on the ice, and that policy will stay in place going forward,” Vinik said. “We want to win.”
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
If Steve Yzerman has his way, the NHL will reinstate the center red line next season in order to promote the play-making he says the game sorely lacks.
“I don’t like the way the game is played anymore,” the Lightning general manager said Saturday. “All the rule changes we made we designed to increase the skill level, but it’s become a slap shot from the far blue line and a guy chips it in and you go chase.”
Reinstating the red line and, by consequence, the illegal two-line pass is just one of the issues to be discussed at the GM meetings Monday through Wednesday in Boca Raton. It piques Yzerman’s interest even apart from the discussion about how reinstating the red line might reduce injuries caused by the speed of the game.
from John Kreiser of NHL.com,
He didn’t do it on Thursday. But sometime soon—perhaps as soon as Saturday night against Carolina—Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos is poised to join an exclusive club.
Stamkos is two goals away from becoming the NHL’s first 50-goal scorer this season. When he does, he’ll join an elite group of six players who’ve had multiple 50-goal seasons before their 23rd birthday (he turned 22 on Feb. 7). Wayne Gretzky did it four times; Mike Bossy, Mario Lemieux, Joe Nieuwendyk and Alex Ovechkin each had two seasons with at least 50 goals before turning 23—though Bossy, Nieuwendyk and Ovechkin had the disadvantage of not playing in the NHL until after their 20th birthdays.
continued and more NHL topics too…
No call on the play…
Updated at 1:08 AM via George: TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that Green will face a disciplinary hearing with Brendan Shanahan on Friday, and McKenzie believes that Green’s status as a “repeat offender makes a suspension all but assured.
added 9:00pm, A better video of the hit has been added below…
from the Tampa Tribune,
Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Mathieu Garon is expected to miss three to four weeks with a slight tear of his groin muscle, general manager Steve Yzerman said Wednesday.
Dustin Tokarski will be called up from the Lightning’s minor league affiliate in Norfolk, Va., and join the team in Washington, D.C., for its game Thursday against the Washington Capitals, Yzerman said.
Garon was injured 3 minutes, 54 seconds into Tuesday’s 7-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators. Dwayne Roloson entered in relief and gave up five goals on 33 shots.
Garon, who is 23-16-4 this season, had been carrying the load in goal as Tampa Bay fought back into playoff contention. He has a 2.85 goals against average and a save percentage of .901.
The penalty was assessed in OT and Stamkos scored on the PP for the Lightning win.
via Bob McKenzie tweet,
As per @tsn_wally, TB acquires Brian Lee from OTT.
No return yet.
Update: Matt Gilroy going to Ottawa.
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