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Sunday Wrap Up

The Hockey News comments on yesterday’s action…

•I’d imagine the Lightning’s loss will mean one of their big three (Richards, Martin St-Louis, Vincent Lecavalier) will be on the move this summer. Tampa GM Jay Feaster can’t go into the 2007-08 season so top-heavy in payroll and he needs to improve his defense.
•I don’t buy the theory that older teams tend to wear down during overtime or late in a series. The Red Wings looked young and strong throughout the overtime of Game 6, the seventh-plus period of hockey they played in about 33 hours. A younger Calgary team looked wasted at times. Durability is all about conditioning and drive, not age.

much more

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Outrageous Ice Time

Lecavalier:  26:44
Richards:  29:02
St. Louis:  31:35

Tampa Bay gave it all, but the Devils move on.

Eastern Conference Semi-Finals are set:
Sabres/Rangers
Devils/Senators

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Unexpected Goals

from the St. Petersburg Times,

The Lightning all season has bemoaned its lack of balanced scoring, and no team during the regular season had more goals tied up in two players.
The issue has remained hot in the playoffs as Lecavalier, with five goals, and St. Louis, with three, combined for eight of Tampa Bay’s 12. It got more scrutiny after a 3-0 loss in Game 5 that upped Tampa Bay’s goalless streak to 97:34.
“Something big has to happen from someone you’re not expecting it from,” Tortorella said. “All teams need that if they’re going to progress.”

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Brodeur The Difference

from the Tampa Tribune,

We knew at some point in the series that [Brodeur] was going to stand on his head and he played very well,” Lightning captain Tim Taylor said. “That’s why he is who he is.”
And on this night, Brodeur had to be the Brodeur the Devils have relied upon so many times in the past. The Lightning showed no effects of an emotional overtime loss two nights earlier and showed up to play.
Tampa Bay was the better team on the ice for most of the game, limiting the Devils to 14 shots, a franchise record low allowed by Tampa Bay in a playoff game and a New Jersey record for fewest shots at home in a postseason game….
Lightning coach John Tortorella said he liked they way his team played, but failed to elaborate on his point. When pushed on the issue, he traded expletives with a reporter from the New York Post while being broadcast live on Canadian television station CBC.

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added 3:43pm, To see the Tortorella interview, go here...

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Tampa’s Luke Richardson Loves Cats

From YouTube,

One of BCR’s favorite supporters to have around is the NHL’s Luke Richardson. Recently the Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman came out with a Sun Sports film crew to film a segment on the cats for cable tv. From years of checking people into the boards to now being a Big Cat supporter, Luke does it all.

Video available here.

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Lecavalier Vs. Brodeur

from Karen Crouse of the New York Times,

Lecavalier, who usually plays alongside Martin St. Louis, another scary scoring threat, has four of the Lightning’s nine goals and 15 of its 70 shots. He is hard to knock off the puck and even harder to read when he has the room to pass or shoot.
“I think he’s getting different looks that I’m not really used to,” Brodeur said. “I think he comes in and he’s looking at you, picking corners. That makes it a little harder for me to be aggressive. I don’t know what he’s doing.”
“Vinny’s one of the best,” Brodeur said, “so I’ve got to stay back and be patient.”

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Relief For Bolts

from the St. Peterburg Times,

A $540-million proposal to help Florida’s professional sports teams is being scaled back to include only the Tampa Bay Lightning and two other franchises.
Instead of a $2-million annual sales tax rebate good for 30 years, the Lightning, Orlando Magic and Florida Marlins would each get a one-time payment of $32.6-million.

continued... if you are into the $$$ side of the NHL…

thanks to a KK member for the pointer…

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Lightning Goalie Situation

from the St. Petersburg Times,

Holmqvist was supposed to be an upgrade as a backup goalie, one of those guys who goes in when the schedule gets heavy, one of those guys who pleases everyone if he can win a dozen games or so along the journey. Frankly, he was supposed to be Bruce Gradkowski.
Instead, Holmqvist was better than expected.
Instead, Marc Denis was worse.
Even now, especially now, you cannot get away from it. Much of the reason the Lightning is in Holmqvist’s hands is because of Holmqvist, who was more athletic, more resilient, tougher mentally than his team had any reason to believe. And much of the reason is that Denis wasn’t.

read on

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Big 3 Must Lead

from the Tampa Tribune,

Brad Richards, Vinny Lecavalier and Marty St. Louis are the trinity on which Tampa Bay has pinned its hopes as it embarks on another playoff journey today in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs against the New Jersey Devils.
And if Tampa’s Big Three aren’t leading the way, the Lightning’s chances of victory are severely diminished.

read on

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Devils Key On Lecavalier

from the NY Post,

The Devils sought him in 2001, stifled him in 2003, and sweat him now. Shutting down Vincent Lecavalier is their first task in the first round.
“He’s got everything,” Martin Brodeur said. “He has the size and he doesn’t shy away from anything. He has the green light to try anything he wants.
“We’re going to have to play him hard and get him off his game. We can’t give him space or let him skate. We have to make him start and stop all game long, get him as tired as we can. We can’t let them swing, because it plays into their game.”

read on

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