Top Five Tampa Bay Lightning Losses That Changed the Season

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every day. Learn more Top Five Tampa Bay Lightning Losses That Changed the Season By Tia Preece | Yahoo! Contributor Network –  Thu, May 2, 2013 1:51 PM EDT Related Content View Photo Tampa Bay Lightning. COMMENTARY | Every team in the National Hockey League goes through its ups and downs, but the Tampa Bay Lightning saw more downs than anyone expected in this shortened season. The Lightning finished the season in 14th place in the Eastern Conference and with these losses etched on the scoreboard, it’s no wonder why they failed to make the postseason for the second year in a row. 1. The Start Of The Losing Streaks On February 2, the Lighting lost to the New York Rangers 3-2. The loss triggered a six-game losing streak that became an all-to-common pattern when the Lightning posted losses in the future. When all was said and done, multiple six-game losing streaks followed and they threw in a five-game losing streak for good measure. Either way you look at it, the game against the Rangers started a pattern the Lightning wish they could forget — when the Lightning lost, they went down hard. 2. A Benched Captain A big hole in the Lightning’s lineup came when captain Vincent Lecavalier was put on injured reserved after sustaining a lower-body injury against the Florida Panthers on March 12. source:

NHL roundup: Hat trick lifts Tampa Bay Lightning over Toronto Maple Leafs

/ Nhat V. Meyer/MCT Detroit Free Press News Services Filed Under Detroit Red Wings TAMPA — Martin St. Louis scored three goals, and the Tampa Bay Lightning snapped a six-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night. St. Louis, who has 16 goals, took over the lead in the NHL scoring race with 58 points — two more than teammate Steven Stamkos and injured Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby. Stamkos scored his 29th goal, two behind NHL-leading Alex Ovechkin of Washington, and added an assist. With 55 points, Toronto is one point ahead of the New York Islanders for fifth place in the Eastern Conference. Both teams, who have clinched playoff berths, have two games remaining. St. Louis’ goal in the second period came off wrist shot off a slick pass from behind the net by Nate Thompson to give the Lightning a 2-1 lead. In the third period, with the Lightning leading, 3-2, St. Louis got to a rebound of Keith Aulie’s slap shot off the boards and slipped the puck past goalie James Reimer. source:

Lightning director of amateur scouting Al Murray optimistic about 2013 NHL Draft Class

Hopefully he’s back and healthy. He’s a candidate to go very high in the Draft.” Comparable NHL Players: Joe Thornton or Patrick Marleau Jonathan Drouin “A lot of people want to compare him to Martin St. Louis, but I’m not sure he’s that caliber. We’ve had him in the top 10 of our list since the Ivan Hlinka tournament last summer when a lot of people had him as a borderline first-round pick or a He’s got a lot of confidence in his own ability, but he might be as good as a playmaker as there ever is in the Draft. – Al Murray on Drouin second-round pick. We watched him the year before in Halifax and when we watched him at the tryouts for Team Canada for the Ivan Hlinka tournament, he was the best player. He was the best guy there. He’s a dynamic offensive guy who’s a combination of a goal scorer and playmaker. He’s a terrific skater and he doesn’t have blazing speed, but he has above average speed and strong ability and quickness, which allows him to take the puck down either wall and cross diagonally in front of the D or put it through the D. He’s got a lot of confidence in his own ability, but he might be as good as a playmaker as there ever is in the Draft. Like St. Louis, he could be one of those playmaking wingers who can see a center and move the puck to somebody who is open at the appropriate time. source:

Lightning to pick No. 3 overall in NHL draft

1 pick. The Panthers slid from first to second. “We’re excited about that third pick,” Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said. “We think we’re going to get a player with tremendous potential.” Related News/Archive More than a Year ago If it gets used. Yzerman said he would consider trading the pick “if there’s a scenario that makes sense. … I’m open to listening to anything.” It is an interesting position for Yzerman, who so covets high draft choices to build organizational depth. He even called trading the pick “unlikely.” “I don’t have a scenario. I haven’t discussed this with anybody,” Yzerman said. “But, certainly, you consider all options.” His draft options include some very high-end talent. Assuming Colorado takes defenseman Seth Jones, the consensus best player available, Yzerman will choose from a group including left wing Jonathan Drouin and center Nate McKinnon, both from Halifax of the junior Quebec league, center Aleksander Barkov from Tappara, Finland, and defenseman Darnell Nurse from Sault Ste. Marie of the junior Ontario league. STAMKOS OKAY: An MRI exam on Steven Stamkos’ left knee revealed “nothing of significance,” Yzerman said, and the center will play for Canada at the world championship that begins Friday in Sweden and Finland. source:

With no NHL playoffs, Alaskans take on world

Russia’s roster boasts New Jersey Devils sniper Ilya Kovalchuk and Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. “There’s no easy game, there’s no easy way out. World championship, there’s lots of good players here,” Bryzgalov said. “Every game is very tough and pretty even.” But nearly every NHL players entered the tourney with lots of hockey miles on them from an abbreviated season in which teams often played three games a week or more, including contests on back-to-back days, giving players little time to recuperate. Some players appeared in more than 48 games because they played for professional teams in Europe or with North America minor league teams during the lockout. Thompson played for his hometown Alaska Aces of the ECHL, a minor league two rungs below the NHL. “It was a good experience,” he said. “It was a couple of levels lower, but it was fun to be home and it was definitely good to play hockey.” For Carle, playing in the worlds capped a frustrating season that began with high hopes when he joined the Lightning as a marquee free agent from the Flyers. His signing and the acquisition of goalie Anders Lindback from the Nashville Predators were supposed to help solve the team’s defense and netminding woes. Carle tallied five goals and 17 assists during the regular season and was a plus-1 player. But the offensively-gifted Lightning continued to struggle defensively, which led to coach Guy Boucher’s dismissal after going 13-18-1 during the season. Replacement coach Jon Cooper didn’t fare much better, finishing the season with a 5-8-3 record. source:


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