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Goaltending an enigma in Lightning solid start

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With a 4-1-0 record, the Lightning seem to be humming along... Up until you look at statistics for goalies Mike Smith and Dan Ellis.

Snowbound: Lightning in Buffalo to face the Sabres (Preview)

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Cold in Tampa? Try Buffalo on for size. That's what the BOlts are doing tonight as they square off against the Northeast leading Sabres at HSBC Center in Buffalo.

"When you’re facing (Ryan) Miller, (Martin) Brodeur, these type of guys, if you think you’re going t...

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"When you’re facing (Ryan) Miller, (Martin) Brodeur, these type of guys, if you think you’re going to go through a game and get that one shot and score a goal, you might as well not even go on the ice. You've got to go on mentally where you’re going to throw the puck on net, go to the net, wraparounds, quick shots. Don’t take a big slap shot. "These guys thrive on teams that try to pick spots. The best goalie in the world will tell you, the quicker the shot, the more garbage around the net, the harder for them to play; people in front of their faces. When you think you're going to go down the wing all night and and take that one big slap shot and go top shelf on these guys, you’ll be waiting all night with that. You've got to go out there and throw everything at them, whether it’s a wrist shot, slap shot, a quick shot, wrap shot, everything has to go out there with a flurry of people in front of them. That’s the only way you can consistently beat these guys."

Head Coach Rick Tocchet -- remarking Monday on facing elite goaltenders.

Lightning and Hockey link dump for Wednesday, July 8th

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A few links ffrom around the blogosphere regarding both the Bolts and general league stuff.

Karri Ramo to KHL, and the Tampa Bay Lightning suddenly lack stability in goal

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Tampa Bay touted the fact Mike Smith is coming back from Post concussion syndrom and that they were fully confident that their damaged goalie would be 100 percent for next season. With that and...

Mike Smith and the Lightning goaltending situation

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Goaltender Mike Smith, the Lightning's #1 goalie,  ended up playing  through the effects of Post Concussion Syndrome in December 2008, aggravated things in early January 2009, and has been...

Shuffling the Deck

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Karri Ramo (whose name I mispeeled in the previous story) and Jay Leach have been called up by the Bolts. This doesn't get me excited whatsoever. Ramo needs time. Leach? Career AHL'er. Oh, it...

Unstable and Unable

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It's a rather simple equation, repeated nightly by the Lightning... It's what's kept me silent for so long - because I thought there would be change as the season progressed... What seems...

Bryzgalov on waivers

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RJ had stated this offseason that trading Vaclav Prospal for Anaheim Ducks goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov was a possibility. At least that was the rumor. Forget a trade now, Bryzgalov is on waivers. ...

Johan and the kitties

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Johan Holmqvist starts in net tonight for the Lightning against Florida... ... Let me say it again, maybe this will register for some of you die hards and some of you non-die-hards. Johan...

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