Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/05/05 at 11:16 AM ET
With the skill, speed and youth the Tampa Bay Lightning possess, the new NHL should be even more suited to them than the one over which they reigned as champions two years ago. But that hasn't been the case as the Lightning have stumbled a little out of the starting blocks with a 7-5-2 record. They're also carrying back-to-back losses into tonight's game against the Leafs, who have also been something less than inspiring this season. At this point in 2003-04, the Lightning were off to a torrid pace. They won their first six games, were undefeated in their first eight and after 14 games were 9-2-3. But Lightning coach John Tortorella, who was the architect of the team's rise from laughingstock to champion, notices things are much different this time. "We're going through a process of being the hunted," Tortorella said. "We've never been the hunted before. Let's face it, where we were before we were getting the snot kicked out of us. We're going through the process of learning how to compete in a whole different world."
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