Let’s get the bad stuff out of the way first. The Tampa Bay Lightning lost 5-0 to the Toronto Maple Leafs last night. “As the score effectively illustrates, the Lightning had absolutely nothing. Maybe they had some things but not everything. Okay, at least one thing was missing.” [Raw Charge]
The players believe they let down starting goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy. "He's making the first save on all of those," Alex Killorn said. "It's the rebounds. We have to take guys in front of the net. Really not his fault at all. We've got to be a lot better to him. He's been huge for us down the stretch. We have to help him out a little bit." [Tampa Bay Lightning]
Alright, now on to the heartache of seeing Brian Boyle at Amalie Arena in an away jersey. The Lightning played a beautiful video tribute to honor the occasion.
“Boyle, facing the Lightning for the first time since a Feb. 27 deal to Toronto, teared up during a standing ovation accompanying a first-period video tribute. ‘It was a nice touch,’ Boyle said. ‘The whole organization is about as classy at it gets. It was a little dusty in there. Can't thank them enough.’” [Tampa Bay Times]
Thank you for such a warm welcome! Some of my best memories! A+ organization and A+ fans. https://t.co/dWfPX2FZjY— Brian Boyle (@BriBrows22) March 17, 2017
If you need some optimism, just remember this team is built on a strong foundation. “Al Murray has been at the helm of Tampa’s amateur scouting department since the 2011 NHL Draft... Murray has brought in a total of 49 players and the Bolts have kept 46 of them. That 94% retention rate speaks to the idea that Yzerman trusts Murray’s selections to develop into valuable players. That trust combined with patience has put the team in a position to succeed both now and well into the future.” [Raw Charge]
“Monique Lamoureux-Morando has two Olympic silver medals and five International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship golds, representing the United States on defense for their women’s hockey national team. But this week, she joined her teammates in announcing they would not participate in the IIHF world championships in Michigan this month unless USA Hockey increased its funding of the players and offered more ‘equitable support in the areas of financial compensation, youth team development, equipment, travel expenses, hotel accommodations, meals, staffing, transportation, marketing and publicity.’” [Puck Daddy]
Alex Burrows wrote a heartfelt letter to Vancouver Canucks fans after being traded to the Ottawa Senators. “But I will still, in my own way, always have my heart in Vancouver. I’m leaving with too many memories to count, and an endless debt of gratitude, and the knowledge that I’ve found a city I can consider a hometown for life.” [The Players’ Tribune]
Arizona Coyotes forward Anthony Duclair just got engaged to the most adorable girl ever.