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from Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times,
Asked it he had anything to prove to Tampa Bay, he said no.
"It's not about proving anybody wrong," Lecavalier said. "I want to prove (the Flyers) right. (The Lightning) made a business decision. I don't have anything against them. They do everything the right way. The thing for me was to move on. That's all."
In 14 seasons and 1,037 games with the Lightning, Lecavalier, the No. 1 pick of the 1998 draft, had 383 goals (a team record), 491 assists and 874 points.
The four-time All-Star was captain from 1999-2001 and 2008-13. He was the first Tampa Bay player to score 50 goals (52 in 2006-07, when he won the Rocket Richard Trophy) and played on the 2004 Stanley Cup team.
"The memories I'll have for the rest of my life," he said. "It gives you a taste. You win one and now you want to win another one."
Taking part in the celebration were Dave Andreychuk, Brad Richards, Don Koharski, Steve Yzerman, Steven Stamkos and Jeff Vinik.
“It was a Martin St. Louis lovefest out there and nobody touched a soul, especially not him.
“It was a big no-hitter.”
-Alain Vigneault, head coach of the New York Rangers in his post-game comments. More on the Rangers' 5-0 loss to Tampa Bay from Larry Brooks of the New York Post.
"To be able to do what I'm doing now and almost comeback to a normal life, being able to just move around on your own, I'm definitely happy with that. I'd say I've overcome the initial shock and frustration and disappointment, and now it's what do I have to do to get back as quick as possible. But obviously as smart as possible."
-Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning at a press conference today. A bit more on Stamkos (who is not using crutches) from the CP at TSN..
updated at 1:32 pm: Here's Stamkos' presser:
Ben Bishop had 41 saves, Jonas Hiller had 31 saves and Ryan Getzlaf had the only goal, that with only a few ticks left on the clock in O
I watched the game from bed last night, you can watch the highlights.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
The decision to disallow the goal was made exclusively by the Referee and independent of video review. The Situation Room informed Leggo the puck had entered the net. Referee Leggo then informed the hockey world that it had been done so through illegal means (incidental contact of the goalie) which he determined on the initial play and therefore the goal would not stand.
In this situation Referee Mike Leggo and the system currently in place performed to perfection. Like you Matt, I would prefer to see goalie interference become a reviewable offense; not to assess a penalty but to determine the legitimacy of a goal. I would also want the review to take place at ice level and performed by the Referee(s). I am sure the Refs would welcome the opportunity to personally review the play through video and make the final determination at ice level. After all, that's what they get paid to do.
If you missed the play, watch it here.
The NHL explains the call...
At 17:14 of the second period in the Lightning/Canadiens game, the Situation Room observed the puck cross the goal line but play continued until 17:50 when a review was initiated. The referee informed the Situation Room that he observed incidental contact in the crease by Lightning forward Tyler Johnson on goaltender Carey Price, if in fact the puck crossed the goal line. Video review confirmed that the puck crossed the goal line. According to Rule 78.5 "Apparent goals shall be disallowed by the Referee when an attacking player has interfered with a goalkeeper in his goal crease." This is not a reviewable play therefore the referee's decision on the ice stands, no goal Tampa Bay. The clock was reset to 17:14.
The NHL has not posted a video of the play but SomeHockeyVideos did at YouTube. The video is from RDS and of course in French.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
... Now, he’s gone, with 14 goals (riding a six-game scoring streak), with 23 points–a guy who figured in44 percent of his team’s goals. Tampa talked a good game about other guys stepping up, but Marty St. Louis, bless his soul, is 38. He is more of a passer than a shooter. Val Filppula, who played in Pavel Datsyuk’s shadow in Detroit, is now the default No. 1 centre there. Little Ryan Johnson moves up to No. 2. Good players but Stamkos is a great player, a great player who was hurt on a back-checking mission against Boston defenceman Dougie Hamilton–an awful visual on YouTube.
Stamkos’s injury likely opens the doors wide-open for Olympic team berths. Canada has a couple of natural RWs in St. Louis and Corey Perry who will probably be in Sochi but that’s it. Centres were moving over. Maybe centre/winger Claude Giroux in Philly pops back into the Olympic picture now, same with the versatile Patrick Sharp, who’s always under the radar. Some guys who didn’t get summer orientation invites like Patty Marleau and Jamie Benn and Joffrey Lupul might now get a longer look.
There’s only one Stamkos though and today he’s sitting in a hospital bed with a plate or a rod and screws in his broken leg. It’s a crying shame, for him, and all hockey fans.
TAMPA BAY – Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos underwent successful surgery this afternoon in Boston to stabilize a fracture in his right tibia. He is expected to return to Tampa on Thursday to begin rehabilitation immediately, the team announced. A prospective timetable has not yet been set for his return to the ice.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
What a brutal day for GM Steve Yzerman, impacted on two fronts: most importantly on his NHL team but also on the Canadian Olympic team he is assembling. In fact, Yzerman was slated to assemble the Team Canada management staff Tuesday night in Toronto to update their player list for the Olympic team.
You don’t replace Stamkos, not on the Lightning (where Stamkos participated in 44 percent of his team’s goals scored this season), but not even on Team Canada.
Short of losing Sidney Crosby, not sure there’s a more damaging piece of news for Team Canada.
It is compounded by the fact Rick Nash -- another preseason lock to make the Olympic team -- has not returned to play since his early season concussion, although he’s skated of late so perhaps there will be good news soon.
Still, a sobering day on so many fronts, but most of all it’s the fans around the league who lose out the most, deprived of the game’s top goal scorer.
a bit more
added 5:20pm, from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
Stamkos will remain at Massachusetts General Hospital overnight, Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman said.
“It’s a big loss, but you know, we’ve been winning as a team and we’re going to have to find a way to continue doing that,’’ Lightning captain Marty St. Louis said. “We’re going to have to raise our game collectively. You don’t replace Stammer, but the guys are going to have to step up.’’
Added 7:16 p.m.
Team Canada said they'll still name #Lightning Stamkos to 25 man list. Don't think they would if they thought he had zero chance of playing— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) November 12, 2013
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