The Tampa Bay Lightning won last night's game, 4-3 in overtime, on the strength of a goal from Nikita Ku-- okay, Brayden Point, but we’re not complaining. “Outchanced, outshot, outpossessed, and outplayed for the majority of those games, some of us had the feeling that Washington (with the red hot Alexander Ovechkin in tow) would plow through Tampa Bay. That narrative seemed to be coming true after the first period ended with the Capitals up 2-0. But somehow, the Bolts took it to overtime and won the night 4-3.” [Raw Charge]
It was a fantastic game, made even better by a movie trailer for a certain low-budget art film that's coming out at Christmas. Forgive us if you've seen this already, but we’re putting here it in case you missed it or want to see it again.
There’s a Star Wars tie in to the game, I know there is...aha, here it is.
And this video is posted here just for Miss Saima:
Lightning assign forward Michael Bournival to the Syracuse Crunch. "Bournival is much needed in Syracuse right now. The Crunch floundered during their opening weekend, first losing in Rochester on Friday and then falling in overtime on Saturday. With such a young roster - the Crunch has 9 rookies currently in their lineup - and with so few holdovers from last season left, Bournival’s experience in both the league and this organization is invaluable." [Raw Charge]
Congratulations to these four who made their pro debuts this weekend:— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) October 9, 2017
➡️ Mathieu Joseph
➡️ Erik Cernak
➡️ Alexander Volkov
➡️ Connor Ingram pic.twitter.com/lMMTXrFVAh
The JT Brown section
Protests during anthem now have hockey, Minnesota angles. "J.T. Brown, the Minnesota-born son of a former Minnesota Vikings running back, who played his college hockey at the University of Minnesota Duluth, stood and raised his fist in silent protest during a regular season game between his team, the Tampa Bay Lightening, and the Florida Panthers." [MPR news]
Anthem protests: Time for players to be bigger than Pence. "Vice President Mike Pence's brilliant stunt politicized Sunday's NFL game between the Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers. I guess only certain people in this nation can stage planned protests. I'm all for the vice president's First Amendment rights. But pay for it yourself, dude." [Martin Fennelly]
'He's all by himself': Devante Smith-Pelly commends J.T. Brown for protesting during anthem. Said Smith-Pelly: “He made sure to make the point that it’s not disrespecting the flag and making sure everyone knew his stance and making sure the point stayed the point, rather than people straying away from what it really is. I thought he did a great job. I reached out to him and told him I loved what he did. I’m glad he did it.” [National Post]
Lightning journal: J.T. Brown gets protest support from teammates, other players. "The big thing is, we've got 25 different guys in here," said veteran wing Ryan Callahan, who spoke for the team. "Everyone is going to have a different opinion, come from a different background and upbringing. Whether we agree or disagree with what (Brown) is doing, as a team we support him. We support (Brown) on and off the ice. We've got his back." [Tampa Bay Times]
This one comes to you straight from Justing, who says you need to go see Torts’ mustache -- Rookie Cards of Every NHL Head Coach for the 2017-18 Season. "However, some of these coaches never played in the NHL, or did for a very short time, so they never got a true rookie card. In those cases, I tried to show their earliest-known trading card." [Puck Junk]