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How About Them Bolts!

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Don't look now, but the Tampa Bay Lightning have moved into a tie for first place in the Atlantic Division. Led by another stellar game from netminder Ben Bishop, the Lightning edged the New York Rangers 2-1 on Tuesday night, and that win coupled with the Boston Bruins' 4-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs moved the Lightning even with the B's at 60 points apiece.

Bishop had missed the past four games with a wrist injury, but he showed no signs of rust in stopping 33 of 34 Rangers shots as the Lightning earned their 14th road win of the season, tied for most in the Eastern Conference.

The Bruins, in the midst of a slight sideways drift just past the midpoint of the season, have a game in hand, but you have to give credit to Jon Cooper's hardy bunch from Tampa, who have more than held their own in the absence of top sniper Steven Stamkos after a grisly leg injury suffered in November. 

read on, Custance on the Blues, LeBrun on the Leafs and Strang on Jagr...

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Red Winger's avatar

Is anyone even the slightest bit surprised Filppula is second in team goals and points, with 18 goals??

He’s on a pro-rated basis to end the season with around 33 goals.

Don’t look now, but the 30-35-goals/year scorer we though Flip could become has now arrived.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 01/15/14 at 02:07 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

Flip’s goals in Tampa are misleading.  He’s their number one option at center and he never would’ve been that in Detroit, sans catastrophic injuries to Datsyuk, Z and Franzen.  What we’re seeing from Flip is kinda like Ray Whitney syndrome except the lightning are pretty good; points will be scored, they’ll come from someone and it’s likely to be one of the guys playing on the top PP unit and first line.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 01/15/14 at 09:35 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Don’t look now, but the 30-35-goals/year scorer we though Flip could become has now arrived.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 01/15/14 at 01:07 PM ET

I point you in the 2012 season direction. Until he does several seasons of this, he’s still nothing more than a 40 point a year season guy.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 01/15/14 at 10:53 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

The amusing part of Filppula’s season is that even if he were still a Wing, even amongst this season season’s rash of injuries, he still wouldn’t be getting first line minutes and, as such, wouldn’t be producing anything like he is in Tampa Bay.  Of course, giving the Wings a healthy second line center would probably be enough to make them significantly better than they have been recently.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 01/16/14 at 03:48 AM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

True…but see…Wally never produced offensively in the 2C role withe the Wings…so how much different this Wings team would be with him is sort of in doubt.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 01/16/14 at 09:41 AM ET

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