The Tampa Bay Lightning continued their winning ways even though the game revealed the several faces of the club—one that can dominate an opponent and the other that falls asleep at the wheel hoping that road isn’t on a cliffside.
Even though the Lightning came out on top 2-1 over the Rangers, Coach Guy Boucher ended up being disappointed with his team. That assessment is warranted. They made things look pretty at times—Martin St. Louis’s one timer off a Steve Downie pass in the first period—and at times they played an ugly game where they let the Rangers dictate the tempo and set-up shop in Dwayne Roloson’s crease.
One of these ugly moments led to the only Rangers goal. It came when the Lightning turned over the puck high in the zone during a powerplay. The Rangers’ Brandon Prust picked up a pass in the neutral zone and because of a lazy and ill-timed diving poke check by Marc-Andre Bergeron gave Prust an open look at Roloson. Though the goal was questionable as Prust appeared to have driven both Roloson and the puck into the net with his body, his break away shouldn’t have happened in the first place.
The only players on the Lightning that looked like they realized there was a game going were Vincent Lecavalier who continued his hot streak by adding another goal today and Roloson making 22 saves.
The Lightning need to refocus and be ready to play the New Jersey Devils again after coming out in their last meeting last Friday.
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Written by Christopher Tran
New York transplant from California, and an avid blogger and sports fan. As he tends to do every year, he picks an Eastern Conference NHL team to root for until they become too good and he fears for his team out west. If you want to talk hockey with me, feel free to send a line.