The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Syracuse Crunch both played Saturday night. Both teams’ social media was then appropriately filled with reactions yesterday. However, given the outcomes of each of those games, the tones of those reactions was rather....different.
First up, the Lightning’s energetic response to their 8-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets lit up their social media for most of the day:
Lightning assistant coach Jeff Halpern was pleased with the feel and the pace of the team’s game.
Brayden Point was clearly happy with the chemistry between himself, Steven Stamkos, and Yanni Gourde. Who can blame him?
On playing with 91 and 37: "I've been struggling a little in the first two games [on faceoffs] so Stammer and Gourdo were able to take all of the draws pretty much and having a lefty and a righty, it's huge."#CBJvsTBL | Brayden Point: pic.twitter.com/ODnjZeVxpk— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) October 14, 2018
Meanwhile, in Syracuse, the tone was much less celebratory and much more...um...well. Take it away, coach:
Justin and I are pretty much in agreement here that we’ve never really seen him quite so terse and tense. He was clearly unhappy with his team’s effort, and as much as we can point out how young the Crunch’s roster is, coach Groulx also has a right to expect more from his team.
“We have very skilled players on our team and it will come together, we all have faith in it. It’s just a matter of time.”— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) October 14, 2018
Cameron Gaunce on the team learning new systems and playing as a unit. #CHAvsSYR pic.twitter.com/tjO86FCd5Q
Look for more on what went so wrong for Syracuse last week later this morning.
Other Lightning News
Historical photos featuring Phil Esposito are always a win!
At Boston, Phil Esposito scored the game-winner just 29 seconds into the 3rd period to give the Bruins a narrow 3-2 win over Philadelphia. Ed Westfall and Ken Hodge had the other Boston goals, with Rosaire Paiement netting both of the Flyers scores. pic.twitter.com/NCiqOOZzsS— 1968 Hockey Tweets (@1968NHLtweets) October 14, 2018
Other Crunch News
Members of the Crunch’s front office got up early Sunday to lend their presence and support to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.
It’s an early morning for Crunchman at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. pic.twitter.com/HXhbICqgNo— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) October 14, 2018
Raw Charge contributor Tracey Lake was at the game Saturday, and posted an album of pictures up on her Flickr.
News from Around the Sport
Buffalo Sabres prospect Victor Olofsson scored a super pretty goal during the Rochester American’s game on Sunday:
It’s really hard to not love Roberto Luongo. The Athletic agrees. Usually I give them grief for their paywall, but this article is unlocked, and it’s lovely.
During the ceremony, general manager Dale Tallon presented Luongo with a golden goalie stick. Teammates Aleksander Barkov, Vincent Trocheck and Keith Yandle unveiled framed momentos of Luongo’s time with Vancouver and the Panthers.
There’s optional, and then there’s optional.
Radulov redefines the optional skate pic.twitter.com/nl3aexVQsa— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) October 14, 2018
Congratulations to American Hockey League referee Keith Kaval on his career and his retirement:
Last night, referee Keith Kaval worked his final game of an accomplished career.— AHL (@TheAHL) October 14, 2018
We wish him all the best in the future! pic.twitter.com/3oJi1dCmD0
There’s a reason hockey players who win awards and trophies are so quick to thank their parents: They probably all know, deep down, that their parents sacrificed sleep, warmth, sanity, and some of their health for every single stride their young hockey player made.
It has never occurred to me before that smoking in arenas was once a thing. Thank goodness it isn’t anymore.
A big topic of conversation after Saturday’s NHL game in St. Louis between the Blues and Kings was the new no-smoking rule for the St. Louis Arena. The players certainly noticed the difference, especially STL captain Al Arbour: pic.twitter.com/GUtV4ubC9l— 1968 Hockey Tweets (@1968NHLtweets) October 14, 2018