Written by Dani Toth | 12 January 2010

There was a circus in town in Tampa, and it just left St. Petersburg on Sunday....or is it returning to the ice tonight against the Capitals? Something to ponder.

Oh, and someone over in Lightning marketing thinks that Jeff Schultz (#55) and Zenon Konopka are a key selling point for ticket buyers, clearly that's why they used this picture as their front splash on their website to promote buying tickets to the game.


Enemy blog: Check out the Miz over at Fight for Old DC

This is the second meeting between the two teams. The first meeting we lost 3-0 at home, so tonight we'll have to do better. This weekend was weird with a big win in New Jersey on Friday and Sunday, and a lackluster effort on Saturday night in Philly. We will play the Caps again at the end of the month on January 31st, then 3 times in the month of March on the 4th, 12th and 20th.

Washington has had some changes since last saw them. Ovechkin is now the captain, they no longer have Chris Clark or Milan Jurcina and now have Jason Chimera. They also just schooled the Thrashers over Saturday night, 8-1. Ouch.

The Caps are now 3-0 since Ovechkin took over the captaincy and since they play the Lightning, Panthers and Leafs this week, may keep going full speed ahead with their wins.

The Lightning spend the next two games at home, playing the Panthers next before heading out on the road for a bit of a stragely put together trip mileage-wise. The Lightning practised this morning in Brandon as the ice wasn't ready yet after the circus that was in town. The Lightning have lost the last 12 straight games to the Capitals so a win would be nice...

Line-up Notes:

  • Mike Smith is in goal
  • Blair Jones cleared waivers and is in Norfolk
Game time: 7:30pm ET on SUN (HD)
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Written by Dani Toth | 11 January 2010

Continuing the game from Friday night,  Lightning managed to hold on to their lead through the remainder of the game today in Newark. The rosters had to be the same (except for legitimate injuries), meaning that Halpern was back up in the press box.

  • Stamkos added another goal tonight to keep the Lightning's 3 goal lead over the Devils after Zajac had scored halfway through the 3rd. He ended up with 2 goals and 1 assist in the game
  • Parise scored another goal for the Devils at 19:26, but by the game was too far out of their reach
  • Meszaros who was a scratch Friday played tonight since Smaby is out with an injury from the game against the Flyers, and Hale was in for Ohlund as Ohlie was out with a stomach virus.

This was the last meeting between the two clubs for the regular season and I was pleased that we were able to keep the lead through the game. It's kind of a curious idea to start a game when you are already down by 3 and have had two days to think about the situation. I wonder what the mentality in the room for the Devils was going in to it? The team has to tell themselves that they needed at least 4 goals to come up with the win or maybe there wasn't as much pressure to win since they were already so far behind?

Next game is against the Caps on Tuesday in Tampa.

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Written by Dani Toth | 09 January 2010

Caption THIS:


Wait, there was a game tonight? Because clearly the Lightning didn't show up tonight.

  • Shots were 18 for the Lightning, and 31 for Philly
  • The Lightning took 6 penalties and though penalties are to be expected when playing Philly, but they were mostly stupid penalties like tripping, hi-sticking and hooking penalties

Game 43 will resume tomorrow night in NJ at 6pm. The game will start right at the point where it left off with the Lightning with the 3-0 lead.

And here's a link for some reading before tomorrow night's game, check out Raw Charge's Best Tampa Bay Lightning Line Combinations of the Past Decade. I chose the MVP line of Prospal, Lecavalier and St. Louis, and you can check out my reasons why if you check out John's post, DOOO IT.

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Written by Dani Toth | 08 January 2010


The Lightning game is on pause due to a lighting failure.

With 9:12 left in the 2nd period and just 44 seconds after Steven Stamkos' goal, the lights went out in the Devils end. After more than 2 hours, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman decided to postpone the game. The announcement was made at 10:07 PM ET. According to TSN, the game will resume at the point where play was stopped.

Since both teams play tomorrow night, they really couldn't wait that long to fix the problem. The Lightning will now travel to Philadelphia for tomorrows game. Tocchet wants the game to resume on Sunday, provided that the building would be available, but no decision has been made yet. The last time this occurred was on Nov 22, 2005 when Jiri Fischer had a seizure on the bench.

The Lightning had seven shots, and three of them were goals. Downie deflected Foster's shot on a powerplay in the first period. Bochenski and Stamkos scored in the second period.

So the Lightning game tonight was literally lights out.

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Written by Dani Toth | 06 January 2010

After a few days off, the Lightning begin a short 3 game roadtrip with a date with the Sabres tonight. They'll be facing off with two teams with the best goalies in the East finishing off with a back to back game against a team that got their goalie off of waivers, should be a fun trip.

Enemy blog: Check out Vance over at Double Edged Sabres

This is the second meeting between the two teams. The Sabres (26-11-4) have won the last four straight games and look to continue tonight. NHL's second star of the week, Mike Smith has now won four of his last six stars, and he's started six in a row.

But tonight, the team will be against a goalie who I think has been the best goalie so far of the 2009-2010 season, Ryan Miller. According to the Lightning official preview, the Sabres have been outshot 62-20 in the opening period of the last 5 games, and they still came out with four wins, that says that Miller was the one who kept them in the game.

The Lightning will face a tough game tonight if Miller is playing his best tonight.

Line-up Notes:

  • Halper and Fedoruk are still out
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Written by Dani Toth | 03 January 2010

Hope you all had a great new years, I know I did. I'm lazy, and don't think I'm going to recap this game.

Want a recap? The Pensblog wrote one

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Written by Dani Toth | 03 January 2010

I know, I'm behind here but I'm catching up from a weekend away from the computer...


Pittsburgh, PA native Ryan Malone has been named to Team USA by Brian Burke.

That makes him the 5th Lightning to be named to an Olympics team and this will be his first Olympic experience. He has played in two WHC previously, in 2004 and 2006, winning bronze in 2004 (the Lightning website says he won it in 2006, but they are wrong, FAIL). Malone, who comes in at the age of 30 will be looked at for leadership with 13 of the players of Team USA are under the age of 25.

After being named to the team, he said:

“I think it will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience,”

“I am proud to represent my country and I look forward to seeing what we can do as a part of Team USA. It’s a great personal opportunity and an honor for any athlete, one I take seriously.”

I'll see you in Vancouver Bugsy...and I'll try not to hate you...too much

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