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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Lightning/Maple Leafs, 11/09/10

From a Tampa Bay Lightning perspective, all was quite good at the St. Pete Times Forum last night and, while a 4-0 shutout for the home squad makes the latter parts of Good/Bad/Ugly slightly more difficult for yours truly, we’ll take it. (And it sure beats most of the G, B & Us put together in years past where the Good was often a stretch and the Bad and Ugly could have gone on for days.)

Now then…

The Good

#stamkosmath
What started as an outright joke, as in, “Steven Stamkos is currently on pace for 98 goals this season,” is becoming less funny and more scary good serious with every tally for the 20-year-old Lightning superstar. With two more last night, Stamkos’ early season line of 13 goals and 11 assists for 24 points is better than Crosby, better than Ovechkin, better than the entire league and setting a breakneck pace that, as everyone’s new favorite hashtag, #stamkosmath, is documenting by-the-second (well, sort of) on Twitter, projects roughly to a 76-goal, 141-point total over 82 games. (In the interest of showing marksman-like precision, #stamkosmath actually dictates that 91’s projected numbers are 76.142857 goals and 140.57143 points.)

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Leafs Didn’t Have A Chance Tonight

from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,

“We didn’t compete,” Giguere said. “You knew they were going to be ready, they got beat pretty bad the last game on the road ... You’ve got to be aware of these things. I don’t know. I’m a bit lost. I don’t know what to say. We’re just going to have to regroup.”

Giguere said the team’s slow start was what really killed them, as after failing to capitalize on an early 5-on-3, Toronto seemed to back off and allow the Lightning to take control of the game with three quick goals.

“I think it was obvious we weren’t ready to start ... As a group, we just weren’t ready to compete and do what we needed to do to win the game,” he said. “I mean, we played better in the second and third but that’s not enough. In the situation we’re in, you need to see some desperation out of the guys, some competitiveness and we’re not seeing that.

“I don’t understand why it’s not happening. There’s nothing given in this league. It’s a tough league to win in, especially on the road. You need to show up ready. Things might not go your way, that’s understandable, and you’re not going to win them all but after you lose a few in a row like that, you need to start showing something.

“Tonight we didn’t even have a chance.”

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Morning Line

“Talking about a coaching challenge in response to one goal is like killing a house fly with a bazooka.

“All of a sudden, we’re talking about a rule change because of one goal. Our group gets paid to not panic on rule changes and not overreact. This, to me, seems like an overreaction of the highest magnitude.”

-Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke.  More from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star.

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The Bolts Beat, 11/09/10: Tampa’s Western Swing, Stamkos Contract, Injury Woes and JJ Said WHAT?

In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, Mark and Mike pile up on Jon for coming clean about not being able to stay up for late games recently but, later, Jon returns fire by taking the show to a very dark, dark place. Aside from Tampa’s recent west coast road trip, the boys discuss the scuttlebutt surrounding Steven Stamkos’ second contract, the Lightning’s recent rash of injuries (including that of Simon Gagne, who remains out) and the weekly end-show segments are, as usual, full of vim and vigor. “Missing the Mark” targets NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, Mike’s “Missed Call of the Week” goes after an officiating staff for their entire body of work in one particular game and Jon’s “What the Hell Was That?” has the Hall of Fame induction committee in its crosshairs.

Enjoy. This one’s a doozy…

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Defending Ron Wilson

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

The first line has been producing like a fourth unit so what’s the solution?

Fire the coach.

The highly touted rookie hasn’t developed enough so he had to be sent to the minors to learn how to be a pro and what to do?

Fire the coach.

The team loses five in a row (the better part of three of those without the captain) and the public has spoken.

Fire the coach.

Welcome to Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke’s world after a crazy week, one in which he has had to defend both his since injured captain Dion Phaneuf and his coach, Ron Wilson.

It’s part of the deal in a hockey first city where the team has lost five in a row, but fire Wilson now? Seriously?

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Leafs Continue To Fall

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

It was one thing when it was Tim Thomas and Henrik Lundqvist.

But Jhonas (Don’t Forget the “H”) Enroth?

Of course, the fact that the Leafs couldn’t put more than three pucks (two in the game, one in the shootout) past the unknown 22-year-old Swedish goalie, who came into the game with almost four periods of NHL experience, really only cemented the obvious.

This one horribly offensively challenged Toronto squad.

Seeing Phil Kessel fall down not once but twice when breakaway opportunities presented themselves in overtime was just an exclamation point on the team’s offensive woes.

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Phaneuf Out At Least A Month

via Darren Dreger tweet,

Phaneuf suffered a deep cut last night. Burke says he’s out at least 4 weeks.

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No Trades Cooking For The Leafs

from Howard Berger of Fan590,

Maple Leafs’ general manager Brian Burke is well aware of his club’s offensive woes — some might suggest he even anticipated it — but he warned fans and media not to expect immediate scoring help.

“Obviously we’re having trouble putting the puck in the net right now, but I have nothing pending that might solve that,” Burke told a gaggle of reporters in the first intermission of the Leafs-Ottawa game at the Air Canada Centre. “We’re going to have to solve [the scoring issue] internally for now. We think some of our secondary scoring has to deliver — it hasn’t — and that has to change before we start ripping off a string of wins.”

When asked how long he is willing to “wait” before making a move, Burke replied, “In a cap system, it’s not so much a case of waiting to see if the guys can get [the job] done, as it is waiting for a [trade] opportunity to present itself. I do believe in this group and I believe if we’re patient, [the scoring situation] will turn around. But, if something presents itself, we’re going to look at it.”

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Video- Phaneuf Out With Lower Body Injury

via TSN,

Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf left Tuesday’s game against the Ottawa Senators with what the team is calling a lower-body injury.

Phaneuf got tied up with Ottawa’s Peter Regin at 6:11 of the second period and fell awkwardly to the ice. He needed assistance to get to the team’s dressing room. The Leafs confirmed he would be out for the rest of the game.

The video below will show Phaneuf getting tangled up with Regin….

added 9:11pm, via John Shannon tweet,

From boos to worse…Phaneuf leaves ACC on stretcher…left knee iced and heavily bandaged.

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Home Town Fans Booing Phaneuf

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Brian Burke is a fervent believer that when fans purchase a ticket to a sporting event, those fans are entitled to boo or cheer or express themselves in any way they see fit, so long as it’s not vulgar or racist.
 
That said, the Toronto Maple Leaf general manager is also a big believer in freedom of speech and he said it is “disgraceful” that some fans at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday night booed Leafs’ captain Dion Phaneuf.
 
“Are they entitled to do it?” Burke said, “Sure, they are. And I honestly don’t believe it was a lot of them. It doesn’t take many fans booing to be heard so I think we’re talking about a very small number, but my opinion is that it’s disgraceful to boo Dion Phaneuf for everything he has done for this franchise, on and off the ice, in a very short period of time.”

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