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Defensive Hole, Offensive Addition

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The Lightning lost Matt Smaby on Friday at the Verizon Center with that "lower body injury" thing that's going around (sidenote:  will the team please stop treating injuries like a state secret? ...

"I could have helped Rick out without the interim tag, but I didn't want him to face a lot of...

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"I could have helped Rick out without the interim tag, but I didn't want him to face a lot of pressure when he started,"

Lightning GM Brian Lawton

Game 76: Ottawa at Tampa Bay

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Tampa Bay have lost five of their last six games, while Ottawa had lost their last two. Who broke out of their losing ways?

GameThread
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Legislating: Senators at Lightning Open Thread

No reports yet of who is out for sure tonight and who is between the pipes.  ass   This is an open comment thread about the game and also an opportunity to send out quick messages about subjects...

Bochenski recalled from Norfolk

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With Matt Smaby hurting and Paul Szczechura not quite ready for prime time again, the Bolts have recalled Norfolk's leading scorer and NHL journeyman, RW Brandon Bochenski.

"You can lose forwards. You can drop three or four forwards and still win. You can win losing...

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"You can lose forwards. You can drop three or four forwards and still win. You can win losing forwards. You can't win losing defensemen or your goalie. It's too hard. If you can't play in your own zone, you're always vulnerable."

Columbus Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock, explaining the Lightning's problems

Being blue in a sea of red

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Cheering on the visiting hockey team isn't for the faint of heart. Especially when all by yourself.

Game 75: Tampa Bay at Washington

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The Tampa Bay Lightning play the Washington Capitals for the last time this season. Did they finally win one in the season series?

"Paper trail" -- Juvenile?

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From Damian at the Times: "It was 2:30 into the period when a cross-checking penalty on Tampa Bay's Evgeny Artyukhin nullified Jeff Halpern's goal that would have tied the score 3-3. All of a sudden the notes came flying out of the suite and into the stands. Fans threw them back. "GM Brian Lawton, who was in the suite with Lightning owner Oren Koules, said he was not responding to the game but to fans who threw something into the open-air suite first. Either way, there were smiles all around as Lawton and the fans laughed the whole thing off." I'm wondering about the context of this paper throwing incident... Was it really just laughed off by the fans? It still seems very unprofessional for an executive to lose it like this and throw things out the window - not inside the suite itself. Anyone at the game able to give more context or thoughts on this?

GameThread
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Rising Verizon -- Lightning at Capitals Open Thread

Someone please tell the Tampa Bay media that there is a hockey club to cover instead of Ovi-gate?  Thanks. This is an open comment thread about the game and also an opportunity to send out quick...

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