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Bolts lose Stralman, game to Sharks, 3-1

From the back of the Closet: A 1993-94 Tampa Bay Lightning game program

The Bolts

At a certain point in last night’s game in the first period, Steven Stamkos lay down in front of a Sharks player to block a shot. The team was down two goals already, and Stamkos was going to protect his net at all costs. The blocked shot was only his third so far this season, which tells you how much he was willing to sacrifice when the team was down. This was one of the interesting points of last night’s game, watching Stamkos get focused and do battle. The rest of the team needs to follow suit.

“The Lightning Power Play enters the game ranked third in the league at 26.3-percent (15-for-57) but finished the night scoreless in two opportunities.” [Sports Talk Florida]

“Tanner Richard recorded his first career hat trick as the Syracuse Crunch pummeled the Rochester Americans, 7-2, tonight at the War Memorial Arena.” [Syracuse Crunch]

This quote is from the Bruins game, but it might as well apply to last night:

“The Tampa Bay Lightning offered a group of fans a round-trip ride on the new Cross-Bay Ferry to encourage people to consider the new option.” [Fox News 13]

The League

“Nazem Kadri‘s hit on Daniel Sedin from Nov. 5 seems to have sparked a new discussion over what should be legal or not.” NHL to look at reducing headshots at upcoming GM meetings. [Sportsnet]

An untraditional goaltending coach makes his way in the Ducks organization. [Sudarshan Maharaj] … doesn’t have a traditional background — he has Indian heritage, was born in Trinidad and never played in the NHL. But he’s entrusted to oversee Ducks goalies John Gibson and Jonathan Bernier for a franchise whose short history is steeped in goaltending, which he knows is integral to success.” [LA Times]

“In interviewing [Eric] Lindros and those who know him ahead of his Hockey Hall of Fame induction Monday, a theme emerged: Amid all the accomplishments and controversies was a person who just enjoyed the simple pleasures of hockey. He loved to play. He loved to practice. Still does.” [NHL.com]

More on Lindros in the Hall of Fame. “There are three kinds of players who get into the Hockey Hall of Fame. There are the absolute no-brainers like Wayne Gretzky or even Teemu Selanne, who will be eligible for the first time in 2017. Then there are the players who might never get recognized but finally get their due, like Kings’ great Rogie Vachon. Then there are the players, often controversial, for whom it’s just a matter of time.” [Rolling Stone]

The West is no longer the best. Good. “But the balance of power has shifted rather suddenly in the NHL, as the East is loaded with contenders, Pittsburgh is the defending Stanley Cup champion. Tampa Bay is loaded and set up for long-term contention.” [Chicago Sun Times]

Documentary ‘Ice Guardians’ makes the case for hockey’s enforcers. “And even with the broken bones, missing teeth and other trauma, those interviewed in this thoughtful elegy to the enforcer say they have no regrets over the path they chose.” [LA Times]


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