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Written by Dani Toth | 23 May 2011

Tampa Bay Lightning's photo: Be the Bolt. 700-800 fans helped send the Lightning to Boston this morning. #allin

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Record: Lightning 2 Bruins 2

Previous games: Game 1: 3-2 Lightning, Game 2: 6-5 Bruins, Game 3: 2-0 Bruins, Game 4: 5-3 Lightning

Game time: 8:00pm EST on CBC (HD), Versus (HD), RDS (HD) and on the radio

First off, I know I wrote that I would have some more thoughts up on the game later, but obviously I didn't. It's going to be a crazy couple of days at LHB headquarters until Wednesday's game, so bear with me. Bruins pun not intended.

Last game, I said it was a must-win and well, we did win it. Now the series is all even heading back to Boston for game five. This series can go either way right now. Whoever wins tonight has the momentum coming back to Tampa on Wednesday to win it all.

What the boys need to do is play like they did in the 2nd and 3rd period of Game 4. They were calm even after ending the 1st period down 3-0 and Purcell had the game of his playoff career so far.

Let's stop with the speculation, Roloson will play. I know Boucher loves his mind games, but let's not kid ourselves and think Mike Smith is going to start tonight. Big ups to him for being solid in net on Saturday, but he's not going to start Game 5 because when Roloson is on, Roloson is leagues better than Smith.

As for Steve Downie, he made the trip with the team, but who knows if he'll play tonight. It was sad to see a diving call get made on a player that had to leave the ice and not return for the rest of the game. It made the refs look stupid, and it was the wrong call.

Go Bolts.

Line-up Notes:

  • Lightning injuries: Pavel Kubina, Steve Downie

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Written by Dani Toth | 21 May 2011

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Bruins blew a 3-0 lead.....AHAHAHAHA. Series tied at 2-2.

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Written by Dani Toth | 21 May 2011

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Record: Lightning 1 Bruins 2

Previous games: Game 1: 3-2 Lightning, Game 2: 6-5 Bruins, Game 3: 2-0 Bruins

Game time: 1:30pm EST on TSN (HD), NBC (HD), RDS (HD) and on the radio

Tonight is not a must-win game, but really it is a must-win game. If the Lightning go down 3-1 in the series and head back to Boston for game 5, it's not a good situation. Like we've done it before, but I don't really like our chances of doing it again.

Scott Burnside says that someone needs to step forward in this game. I don't think it's one player, but the whole team. This game is not going to be won by one player stepping up, but a team effort. That being said, a lot of forwards need to step up. We aren't going to win games if no one is scoring goals. Roloson can only do so much.

If the Lightning even up the series tonight, we're back in this. It's a sold out crowd again, so bring the noise. Some other blogs are talking about how its disgraceful that the SPTF has so many opposition fans. Whatever. It's a positive thing for the Lightning to be selling out games right now after what this franchise has gone through in the past few years. Growing your fan base takes time, and I don't think it makes Tampa Bay fans any less of a fan than any other team. Sure it would be great to see the arena full of Lightning fans, but it will take time.

And sometimes it doesn't matter if it's a great hockey market, some fans just find a way to infiltrate. Like did you watch the Canucks/San Jose game last night? There were tons of Vancouver fans there and that doesn't make San Jose any less of a hockey market.

Line-up Notes:

  • Lightning injuries: Pavel Kubina

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Written by Dani Toth | 21 May 2011

Via Damien Cristodero's blog, Pavel Kubina says:

"I always watch the games (from the coaches' office)," Kubina said Friday. "I can't even go watch from the press box. It's too loud and too many lights. It's hard, but it's something I can't do anything about."

This is the first we've heard of him speak to the media since going out from that hit by Jason Chimera on May 3rd. The team has said that he is suffering from concussion-like symptoms but didn't make any more details available to the fans. While Simon Gagne took to the ice and made his eventual return, Pavel Kubina still has not skated.

Based on what Kubina said to Cristodero is doesn't sound like he is anywhere near coming back. And, that sucks because the team could really use this experience on the blue line. But injuries happen and every concussion is different. While the news is not encouraging, it puts into tangible terms the symptoms from the injury that Kubina is dealing with. So while he could make an eventual return to the ice, I wouldn't expect his return any time soon. no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 21 May 2011

On twitter I asked if someone could send me a gif of Boucher's rageface from Game 3. My friend G sent me this:

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The look on the players face is gold. I think I've watched this like 20 times now.

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Written by Dani Toth | 19 May 2011

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Record: Lightning 1 Bruins 1

Previous games: Game 1: 3-2 Lightning, Game 2: 6-5 Bruins

Game time: 8:00pm EST on TSN (HD), Versus (HD), RDS (HD) and on the radio

The Lightning return home with the series all tied up. If you've watched the team all season, you know that Tuesday night's game had the team as far away from Boucher's system as they've been all year. It was surprising they were even able to battle back with that many goals.

So looking forwards to tonight's game, the Bruins have Bergeron back in the lineup. If you don't understand what that means, well it makes them miles better. Not only in their faceoffs, but in their defensive play as well.

A little off-topic:

There's a lot of sh-t being talked by Bruins fans on Tampa fans being upset about some recent advertising by the Bruins. I personally thought the Bruins advertisements were hilarious and so did any other fan I've talked to, so I don't know who was calling in to the Bruins organization all offended.

But the response was a bitch much, no? Is this supposed to make me feel like we have more of a rivalry? Other than making you sound like a jackass, it really doesn't do anything for me.

Line-up Notes:

  • Lightning injuries: Pavel Kubina

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Written by Dani Toth | 17 May 2011

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What a face that guy in the white is making in this photo. And that guy to the left of him also. Boston fans are hilarious.

So the story of the game was Tyler Seguin. I'll give him ups for a 4 point night when it seems Julien keeps plotting ways to limit playing him.

There might not be a full post on this game since I have a ton of stuff to do, so here is a few quick thoughts:
  • Lecavalier also had a four point night
  • The refs were out of control
  • That last Malone penalty was trash
  • Who took the over on the number of goals scored tonight? Man 11 goals in a ECF playoff game
  • Bear claws, bear hats and ice cream sandwiches. Savard's kids were awesome
  • Tim Thomas made some crazy saves
And what were you thinking Steve Downie?

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