Top Five Tampa Bay Lightning Losses That Changed the Season

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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. Without Lecavalier, the Lightning lost their next game on March 14, against the New York Islanders 4-2. Lecavalier’s injury was a turning point, he was out nine games before returning and in his absence the Lightning went 4-4-1. 3. Anders Lindback Injury The Lightning lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 on March 20. Yes, the Lightning lost but, more important, Anders Lindback , the team’s 6-foot-6 goalie, would be out for most of the season after sustaining a lower-body injury during the third period. Talk about a hit to the team. source:

Lightning retains 3rd pick in 2013 NHL Draft

1 overall selection by the Nordiques, who tabbed Hall of Fame center Mats Sundin first in the 1989 draft and plucked eventual 400-goal scorer Owen Nolan the following year. Florida, whose 36 points were three fewer than the Avalanche, will pick second in the upcoming draft, which will be held on June 30 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Tampa Bay, which had a 14.2 percent chance of winning the lottery, will choose third, followed by Nashville (10.7 percent), Carolina (8.1 percent), Calgary (6.2 percent), Edmonton (4.7 percent), Buffalo (3.6 percent), New Jersey (2.7 percent) and Dallas (2.1 percent). The Oilers had held the No. 1 overall pick in each of the last three drafts, which netted a trio of young standout forwards in Taylor Hall (2010), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2011) and 2013 Calder Trophy candidate Nail Yakupov. Seth Jones, an 18-year-old defenseman from Plano, TX, is ranked by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau as the top overall prospect for the 2013 draft. Jones is the son of Popeye Jones, who played 11 seasons in the NBA from 1993-2004 that included a stint with the Denver Nuggets (1999-2000). This year’s lottery was the first in which all 14 teams that failed to qualify for the postseason were eligible to claim the No. 1 pick. Previously, only the five clubs with the fewest points in the standings had the opportunity. source:

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

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. That makes him very dangerous on the power play and his one-on-one skills are pretty impressive. If you play him too tight, he can take the puck and embarrass you.” Caveat: “At the time of the tryouts for the Ivan Hlinka tournament, a lot of people were concerned about his size. At the time he was 5-foot-9, but everybody in his family is big, so he’s expected to be 6-feet when all is said and done, or bigger. Right now he’s 5-foot-11, 185 pounds.” Comparable NHL Player: Patrick Kane Seth Jones “On a lot of lists, he’s the number-one prospect. He’s a very good player and you see the comparisons to Nicklas Lidstrom or Chris Pronger, but I don’t think those are even close. Pronger is much more vicious and much harder to play against than Seth, and Lidstrom’s hockey sense was at a level that not too many, or maybe even none, have ever played at. source:

Tampa Bay Lightning Prospects Off To Hot Start In AHL Playoffs

Names like Radko Gudas, Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson and Richard Panik probably sound very familiar to Lightning fans because they all spent time with Tampa Bay this season. Things are going quite well for the Crunch so far, considering they completed a sweep of the Portland Pirates ( Phoenix Coyotes ) on Thursday night. Johnson, coming off a season, which earned him AHL MVP honors, was unbelievable in the first round. The Lightning mainly used him on the bottom two lines this season, but could easily have placed him on their top two lines (maybe, in place of an under-performing Ryan Malone?) His teammate, Palat, has been clutch as well; notching both the tying and game-winning goals in the Crunch’s series-ending comeback win. That should bode well for the Lightning who need guys unafraid to shoot from anywhere and crash the net, something these players regularly do. Goaltender Cedrick Desjardins also played great, stopping 61 shots in the Crunch’s first-round series. Desjardins was acquired midseason from the  Montreal Canadiens  in exchange for Dustin Tokarski, and had a winning record plus three shutouts after coming over. Though unknown, this minor trade could end up beneficial for the Lightning. The Crunch do not know their second round opponent at this time. That being said, Lightning brass (and even fans) should keep a close eye on these prospects since many have a legitimate chance of joining Tampa Bay full-time in 2014.   Lauren Burg is a Tampa Bay Lightning and NHL writer for source:

Lightning’s Martin St. Louis: Scoring title no consolation for missing playoffs

Louis: Scoring title no consolation for missing playoffs   By The Associated Press April 29, 2013       Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis, right, celebrates with teammate Teddy Purcell after scoring against the Florida Panthers during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 27, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara) TAMPA, Fla. – Martin St. Louis had a remarkable year, leading the NHL in scoring at age 37. Still, the Tampa Bay Lightning forward would give up it all up to play in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Tampa Bay failed to make the post-season for the second straight season despite having the league’s top two scorers in St. Louis and Steven Stamkos. “The summer’s long when you don’t make the playoffs,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “We’re about to experience that and it’s not a great feeling.” St. source:


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