Written by Dani Toth | 06 January 2011

There's something about having someone make you an omelette to order at the breakfast bar of your hotel that really just elevates your vacation to a whole new level. And having a fruit station of cut papaya's, white pineapples and passion fruits galore may just be resort heaven.

To put it into persepctive, I went to the store when I got back and spent $4.56 on ONE papaya. And don't get me started on the passion fruits that are priced at $2.50 EACH. Clearly I still gave in a bought my one papaya...but had to pass on the passion fruit as I felt the grocery store was attempting to rob me of all my money.

So that's where I was on my little blogging vacation away from hockey and the internet. I was on the beach with weather that I imagine that Tampa Bay has all year around, followed by some time spent with family back home. But I'm back now. all refreshed (I hope) and ready to get back into hockey. I've been home a few days now trying to get my grasp on all that has gone on in the world of the boltosphere.

So I leave for two weeks and this is what I come back to:


Is this for real?

And we traded for a goalie?

Bless Yzerman's heart.

And we signed Marc-Andre Bergeron who the FHF aptly nicknamed the Urologist?


Then I watched Stamkos fail at life on a penalty shot

And then the score on that last game: 8-1 Pens. I read the recap by The Pensblog since I see the humour in the score. Maybe you did not if you watched the game.

Then I again I didn't watch the game since I was too busy getting my heart broken by Team Canada at the WJC's. Good thing the Canucks won that night or I would have been a mess of having all my teams lose fantastically in one night.

So the point to this post is that I'm back to blogging on LHB. It will take me a few days to get back into the writing schedule, so bear with me. Oh and there is some revamping done to the blog look and comments that are expected to appear soon that should help improve the site.

Next game: Ottawa Senators on Saturday on HNIC! (and SUN obvs)

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Written by Dani Toth | 22 December 2010

Just a little programming note here at LHB: I'll be taking about a week off from blogging for Christmas. It's just for a week or so, until all of the holiday craziness is over and then I'll be back to talking about the Lightning in the new year. As always for your daily Lightning fix, head over to my friends at Raw Charge.

Happy holidays!

Dani no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 20 December 2010

With the Norfolk Admirals on break until after Christmas (Dec 26th to be exact), the Lightning have called up goalie Cedrick Desjardins as per Lightning press release.
"With Norfolk having a week off we thought it was a good opportunity to have Cedrick join us for a few days to work with Frantz Jean and practice with our team,” Yzerman said. “Whether he sees any playing time will be Guy Boucher’s decision."
Cristodero says that Desjardins is not expected to play, but it up with the team just to soak in the NHL atmosphere and get some time in with goaltending coach Frantz Jean. no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 18 December 2010


Enemy Blog: SBN's Die by the Blade

Record: Lightning (17-10-4) Sabres (13-15-4)

Game time: 7:30pm EST on CW44 and on the radio at 620 WDAE

Not much to say tonight going into this game. It's just another game on the schedule against another team in the East. Maybe I just feel this way because it's Buffalo. The Sabres lost last night to the Panthers and come in to Tampa for their second game against the Lightning this year. Even though Nate Thompson didn't practice the other day from the knee-on-knee hit, he is expected to play tonight.

Who else is expected to start tonight? Mike Smith in net. The last time he had consecutive starts was back in late November (20th -26th where he had four consecutive starts).

Line-up Notes:

  • Mike Smith will get the start in goal
  • Steve Downie is out with an ankle sprain
  • Shaeon Morrisson is out with a concussion for the Sabres

Your pre-game reading links:

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Written by Dani Toth | 16 December 2010


With a two day break between games, Nate Thompson took today to blast Eric Boulton for a knee on knee hit during Wednesday's game.

"It was awful," Thompson said Thursday after watching a replay. "I mean, I'm by the guy. You can see on the replay he purposefully puts his knee out and barely misses with an elbow, too. I'm not really too surprised. Eric Boulton, not the best player in the world. He's got to compensate for sticking his knee out when I'm by him with 10 seconds left in the game."
Love how he called Boulton "not the best player in the world". Thompson didn't practice with the team today taking a maintenance day with Coach Boucher says that his knee is hyper-extended, but Thompson said he's be good to go for Saturday's game.

Other news:
And lastly, because I should explain why I have a photo of a Stamkos bobblehead: The Lightning are giving away Steven Stamkos bobbleheads to the first 5000 fans in Lightning gear going to the game against Carolina on Monday. And I think that bobble head of Stamkos holding his trophy is a pretty awesome looking bobblehead. It's like "Hi I'm Steven Stamkos, I'm holding a trophy, what are YOU holding bitch?" no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 16 December 2010




and somebody made a save:


And who's back on the ice:


Lightning win 2-1 no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 15 December 2010


Enemy Blog:  Thrashing the Blues or Blueland Chronicle

Record: Lightning (16-10-4) Thrashers (17-11-3)

Game time: 7:30pm EST on SUN (HD) and on the radio at 620 WDAE

Game day events: Toys for tots drive, Sweetbay ticket vouchers, student rush night...basically lots of ways to get to the game for free/cheap. The first 2500 people at the game IN Lightning gear get a Mattias Ohlund trading card set. Full details here.

Can you believe that the Thrashers have such a similar record to us? Where did this come from Atlanta? And with that latest win over the Senators, the Thrashers leapfrog us in the standings. I'm the first to admit that I don't know what the majority of the SE Division is up to until I'm forced to look up the stats because we're playing them. And speaking of the SE Division, have we even played Carolina this season? Like what's up with the scheduling there NHL?

So the Lightning play the next three games at home, Wednesday against the Thrashers, the Sabres and then finally next Monday, the Hurricanes.

In the two games we've played against the Thrashers this season we've won them both. But the Thrashers have been playing good hockey as of late and have won the last two in a row.

As the Lightning have returned home for a little bit, even though Ellis won in Vancouver, Mike Smith will get the start in goal. Maybe with all this Nabokov whispering, it will inspire him to find him game?

One of the positives for the team is that with two goals on Saturday night, Stamkos has busted him scoring slump. Another positive is that Lecavalier was practicing with the team on Tuesday in a red non-contact jersey and his injury status has now been changed to day-to-day. His leadership more than anything has been sorely missed.

Line-up Notes:

  • Mike Smith will get the start in goal
  • Vincent Lecavalier and Steve Downie are out for the Lightning
  • Ben Eager and Niclas Bergfors is scratched for the Thrashers

Your pre-game reading links:

Want to read more stuff? Head over to my post on Raw Charge from yesterday that has a ton of Lightning links and stuff from around the NHL no comments