I like the Tampa Bay Lightning, I really do. If they werent playing the Flames in this final, I'd probably even cheer for them. But could someone please gag Tim "the Tool" Taylor already?
Taylor has been whining about the trap being employed by the Flames to win game one.
"Once again, a team says they are not a trap team," Taylor said. "They are definitely a trap team. The way they play, I see us going back as a league another five or six years back to the old trap and not calling clutching and grabbing. This is a time for the league to really step up and do a job calling the game the way it's supposed to be called."
A couple of points, Mr. Taylor:
First, the Neutral Zone Trap is not based around clutching and grabbing - which your team was quite adept at as well on Tuesday - but on sound positioning.
Second, find me one team in the NHL that wont employ the trap up 3-0 in the third period of a hockey game.
Third, dont you find it odd that as a checking forward yourself, that you should be whining about your opponents checking you to death?
Fourth, going into the final three minutes of that game, Tampa held a 5-2 advantage in powerplays. I would suggest, Mr. Taylor, that the officials were doing exactly what you wanted them to do.
And finally, do you really want to wake the officials up? I agree wholeheartedly that the officiating could have been better. Cory Stillman leaving his feet to drill Marcus Nilson's head into the glass would have been a major penalty, game misconduct and a suspension in the regular season. It should have been such on Tuesday as well. Andre Roy should also have gotten a major and a game misconduct for running Ville Niemenen from behind on the exact same play.
Thus, instead of being down two men for a full five minutes, you were only shorthanded one man for two. If anything, the officials allowed you the chance to try and get back in it. You didnt.
You went 4-0 vs the New Jersey Devils, Tim. Obviously the trap didnt affect you then. So why are you crying about it now? Or are you just looking for an excuse to explan why you were beaten silly in your own barn in game one of the Stanley Cup Finals?
Might I recommend that you play better tonight? Or would you prefer to spend your time trying to think up another excuse should you be outworked again by the Flames?