Cross Checks: Tampa Bay Lightning

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He ranked tied for third in the league in points (56), second in assists (41), fourth in plus-minus (+26), and first in points per game (1.56). This marks the second year in a row that a Penguins player has been nominated, after Evgeni Malkin received the 2011-12 Ted Lindsay Award. Crosby is vying for his second “Most Outstanding Player” award. He received the players’ award in 2006-07 and was also a finalist in 2009-10. Alex Ovechkin, of Moscow, Russia, appeared in all 48 games for the Washington Capitals in the 2012-13 regular season, and helped lead the Capitals to a Southeast Division title. He led the league in goals (32) to win his third “Rocket” Richard Trophy, tied for third in the league in points (56), tied for fifth in points per game (1.17) and ranked first in power play goals (16). Ovechkin is vying for his fourth “Most Outstanding Player” award. He previously received the players’ award in three consecutive seasons (2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10), and he was also a finalist in 2005-06. Martin St. Louis, of Laval, QC, Canada, appeared in all 48 games for the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2012-13 season. He led the league in points (60) to win his second career Art Ross Trophy (2003-04), ranked first in assists (43), second in points per game (1.25), and fifth in power play assists. This marks the third consecutive year that a Lightning player has been nominated, after St. source:

Jon Cooper says his first 15 NHL games are a running start

We did. Did I think we could have had both those games? I think we could have. Was goaltending the difference in those games? It wasn’t because of poor goaltending on our part it was because of outstanding goaltending on the other side. Did we beat the Ottawa Senators? We did. Did we beat the Toronto Maple Leafs? We did. You look at that and think, ‘Wow, those teams are going to be playing and we’re not.’ So, I think that line is close. We just have to change a couple pieces in the puzzle and integrate our mind-set, our philosophy, into these players and that takes some time. But we’re much farther ahead today than we would have been in September, October had our staff not come in at the time we did. source:

Top Five Tampa Bay Lightning Losses That Changed the Season

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. 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:

Tampa Bay Lightning: Syracuse Crunch Still Waiting For Second Round Opponent

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Led by Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat, the Crunch swept the Portland Pirates in the first round. Palat had three goals and seven points, while Johnson had two goals and six points. The Crunch won the East Division this season, and have the young talent to make it deep in the playoffs. Many of the players on Syracuse’s roster saw time with the Lightning this season, and many more will debut for the team in the next few seasons. Some of the players won the 2012 Calder Cup championship as members of the Norfolk Admirals, and could end up winning back-to-back titles. Johnson finished eighth in the league in scoring, as he netted 37 goals and added 28 assists. the Crunch also got a great season from Brett Connolly, who finished ninth in scoring with 31 goals and 63 points. Cedrick Desjardins has been the goalie for all three playoff games so far, and has a 2.33 goals-against average in the series against the Pirates. The Hershey Bears and Providence Bruins play for the final second-round spot on Wednesday night. If the Bears win, the Crunch will face the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the next round, and if the Bruins win they will take on the Springfield Falcons. While the Lightning saw their season end in disappointment, back-to-back deep playoff runs by their prospects should give fans hope for the future. Jonathan Katje is an NHL senior writer for Rant Sports. source:

Lightning sign Gudas to three-year contract

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

He can play a lot of minutes, he can lug the On a lot of lists, he’s the number-one prospect. – Al Murray on Jones puck out of his zone and take it end to end, he can make plays, make quick passes or hit guys at the far blue line or run the power play. He’s both a shooter and a playmaker. He’s a very skilled player and he’s going to be a terrific addition to any team.” Caveat: “He needs some work at his own end, as far as his defensive positioning and his commitment defensively.” Comparable NHL Player: Alex Pietrangelo Nathan MacKinnon “He’s a pretty interesting guy. I think if you talk to him he says he’s more of a power forward who has skill, but to a lot of other people, he’s a highly-skilled forward who plays with a lot of power. It’s a nice combination to have. His skating is …he’s a highly-skilled forward who plays with a lot of power. – Al Murray on MacKinnon elite. He’s a durable guy and he’s been a terrific player and I really don’t know what more to say. He can play the game any way you want him to play it.” Caveat: “His hockey sense is maybe a notch down from Drouin, but not far. His competitiveness too has maybe given him a little bit of trouble because he’s capable of taking on people one-on-one, but sometimes it leads to a train wreck because he winds up in a lot of collisions where he’s taken some hits.” Comparable NHL Players: Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin Valeri Nichushkin “He’s a guy with all kinds of talent. He’s big, he’s a tremendous skater, but in February at the Under-18 tournament, that was maybe the most dominant performance I’ve seen at any of those Under-18 or World Junior tournaments. source:


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