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Written by Dani Toth | 17 January 2012

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Enemy Blog:
Head over to Days of Y'Orr for your opposition blog coverage
Record: Lightning (17-23-4) Bruins (29-12-1)
Previous games: October 8, 2011 Bruins win 4-1
Game time: 7:30pm on SUN (HD)

Before the puck has even dropped, I feel like I've given up on this game. The Bruins are in town for the 2nd of four meetings this season and while we sit in last in our conference, the Bruins are in 2nd just 1 point back from the Rangers.

Predicting how the last couple of games have gone, I predict that the Bruins will get out to a 2-0 lead after the first. Of course we'll make some bad turnovers and the Bruins will get some chances off of these mistakes. We may then score a goal or two, one of which will be by Stamkos, only to end up losing the game like 4-2.

Frack. So this is how good the season is going huh?

How about winning boys?

As for what the Bruins bloggers are saying:

On the other hand, the Bruins are still winning hockey games and the Tim Thomas/Tuuka Rask breakfast combo is still the best in the NHL. Tuukka Rask leads the NHL in both save percentage (.946) and GAA(1.61). Tim Thomas is second in the NHL in SV% (9.37) and 6th in the NHL in GAA (1.99). They're the NHL's version of Batman and Robin. It seems that Rask may pull a Dick Grayson and become Batman in the near future.

Either way you look at it, Boston has a fantastic problem that most NHL clubs would love to have. They have two All-Star caliber goalies who could should contend for a Vezina Trophy if they're able to keep this up at the end of the season.

Yes Greg, I'd love to have your fantastic problem...

Go bolts

Line-up Notes:

Bruins injuries: Rich Peverly + Brad Marchand is suspended

Lightning injuries: Ryan Shannon, Victor Hedman, Adam Hall, JT Wyman, Mattias Ohlund, Dana Tyrell, Marc-Andre Bergeron

Links:
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Written by Dani Toth | 16 January 2012

As per TSN's Bob McKenzie, there will be no supplementary discipline for Lecavalier for his punch on Evgeni Malkin.

Missed the incident? You can find the video here. no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 16 January 2012

From today's game, here is the video of the Lecavalier-Malkin tussle:



Lecavalier did end up with a four minute roughing call and a 10 minute misconduct for the incident.

Lecavalier left today without speaking to media but here is what Boucher said of the incident (via tbo.com):

"Vinny felt that Malkin tried to go for his knees,'' Boucher said. "In those situations, he's the captain and he wants to show that we are not going to just take everything and be little poodles and wait for things to happen.

"For me, there is absolutely no blame on his part there. He's emotional and he's trying to make this team win and that was his way of showing that we are not going to take it. I don't blame him at all.''

What Malkin did was nothing compared to what Brach Marchand did on Sami Salo, so no blame on Malkin here. He just plainly avoided the check. Lecavalier just misread what happened and let his emotions take over. We've seen this happen before and we know that once Lecavalier is steamed about something, there is really no stopping him.

And let's hear it again for that jersey foul of a Venetian Dental. So bad..... no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 15 January 2012

The Lightning start this game sitting in last place of the Eastern Conference. Hard to believe that we're here and the Pens are fighting for a playoff spot. Early game today, so pancakes and hockey it is.

1st Period:

Just as the Root sports commentators are talking about Stamkos and Malkin, Stamkos takes a slashing penalty on Malkin early in the 1st period. James Neal capitalizes with a sharp angle shot from the goal line past Garon to put the Pens up 1-0.

Engelland and Pierre-Cedric Labrie go at it.

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Engelland has the edge in the fight but we get an appearance of Labrie's hair.

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At this point in the game, the Lightning only have 1 shot on net.

Rest of the recap after the jump...

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Written by Dani Toth | 14 January 2012

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Is letting opposition go up by two goals in the 1st the M.O.? Then clawing your way back only to still lose the game?

This is our sixth straight loss.

Quote from Boucher postgame:

“I can’t fault anything we’ve done. Our players have played hard in ridiculous situations where the other team waits for you at home while you go to bed at 4 o’clock and you played the last night,” he said. “We can’t ask more from our players.”

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Written by Dani Toth | 11 January 2012

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The Lightning lost in a shootout tonight, but check out this photo of the old couple behind Malone

Old guy has a backwards hat, paperwork and beads. And the woman beside him, on man, I don't even know if that is a woman or a dude.

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Written by Dani Toth | 10 January 2012

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DO WE GET TO SEE SCHNEIDER?

Enemy Blog:
Head over to my other blog, Benched Whale for your opposition blog coverage
Record: Lightning (17-20-3) Canucks (26-14-3)
Previous games: None
Game time: 7:30pm on SUN (HD)

That's what we really want to know right? We want to SEE this myth of a goaltender who plays on the Westcoast that people speak of. He's the one who may be a good fit to be a starter next season for us in Tampa, or at least that's what everyone seems to say right?

Preview and more Schneider talk after the jump...
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