That one word was the general reaction around the Raw Charge community yesterday when news broke that Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy had a fractured foot and would be missing an unknown amount of time. No one had heard that anything was even wrong until Darren Dreger tweeted it mid-morning yesterday.
Later on in the day, it was revealed that the injury occurred during practice, a frustrating twist.
INJURY UPDATE: Vasilevskiy exited Wednesday’s practice after making a save, he did not return to the ice. Cooper confirmed he got injured and is out indefinitely, he’s headed back to Tampa to be re-evaluated by team doctors.— Caley Chelios (@CaleyChelios) November 15, 2018
Somehow, it hurts the heart even more when injuries occur in practice. It’s like when something happens while walking in a park in Norfolk. Brendan Mikkelson is probably still in that hole.
(Mikkelson jokes anyone? Anyone? But he fell in a hole! While just out for a walk! )
(Still no? Okay. Sorry. Moving on.)
As predicted, the injury news triggered a domino effect of call ups, with Eddie Pasquale getting the call from the Syracuse Crunch, and Martin Ouellette moving up from Orlando.
“I feel good in the game, I feel like I’m not chasing the puck very much and letting it hit me more. I feel good out there."— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) November 15, 2018
Eddie Pasquale following a 24-save performance last night before earning today’s call-up to Tampa. #BNGvsSYR pic.twitter.com/ZGsyWT9vLo
Pasquale’s sudden recall necessitated the use of an EBUG at the Crunch’s practice yesterday.
Meanwhile, I maintain that Hardev totally jinxed us all by calling this week a “slow” one for Tampa Bay in his glance around the Eastern Conference. Clearly, this is all his fault.
The Lightning continue to be at the top of the Eastern Conference, but their lead has slimmed significantly. Two recent losses to Ottawa and Buffalo have allowed the Maple Leafs to catch up to within one point of thr top spot in as many games.
In more questionable decisions, Tampa radio station 620 WDAE has elected to not continue with popular personality JP Peterson.
For those asking, thanks for the Support but I have been told I will not be part of the new lineup on @620wdae. Despite being the highest rated show on the station they decided to go in a different direction. Thanks to WDAE for the opportunity. I will be starting a Podcast soon. https://t.co/EE7nXnMPds— JP Peterson (@JPPetersonSprts) November 15, 2018
They then made another questionable decision with this freaking poll. I don’t even know. I feel dirty just linking to it, so you know what? I’m not. Here’s Acha with a screenshot of it, instead.
What the hell kind of hockey do you guys watch pic.twitter.com/rKT8YuOTuh— ACHR (@tanyarezak) November 15, 2018
Moving on again....
Maybe the most remarkable thing about yesterday was that there was still a hockey game to be played after all of that. The Lightning were in Pittsburgh.
It’s snowing outside, but inside it’s a beautiful night for hockey....JG pic.twitter.com/I6tFIgcVOm— Raw Charge (@RawCharge) November 16, 2018
Well, Brayden Point was in Pittsburgh...
...and he probably now has some souvenir hats to show for it...
To recap the :— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) November 16, 2018
Point (Johnson, Kucherov)
Point (Stamkos, Kucherov)
Point (Miller, Kucherov)
All on the power play. #TBLvsPIT
...or not. Sad face.
Natural hat trick for Point. Sadly, no hats on the ice...JG— Raw Charge (@RawCharge) November 16, 2018
With that hat trick came a few milestones and records:
Brayden Point's 3 goals in a span of 1:31 is a Tampa Bay franchise record for fastest 3 goals by a Lightning player. Previous record was 6:17 by Marty St. Louis on Oct. 26, 2016— Bryan Burns (@BBurnsNHL) November 16, 2018
Fastest Hat Tricks: NHL History— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) November 16, 2018
Bill Mosienko Mar 23, 1952 :21
Jean Beliveau Nov 5, 1955 :44
Jack Darragh Jan 16, 1919 1:00
Derek King Oct 15, 1991 118
Harry Oliver Jan 11, 1927 1:25
Brayden Point Thursday 1:31
Well, okay, Yanni Gourde was there, too.
(Speaking of - Dearest Yanni: Never, ever change. Ever. Never.)
Ultimately, the Lightning held on to win the game against the Penguins with a final score of 4-3.
This wasn’t a pretty win. The first two period were particularly ugly with penalties making it impossible for either team to find a rhythm. But the Lightning made the most of their opportunities and collected two points on the road snapping their mini losing streak. The road trip continues on Saturday with a 1 PM game in Philadelphia.
Andy Andreoff got quite a bit of the spotlight today in Crunch Land, something that is definitely well deserved.
“They’re giving me a chance to play on all the opportunities, so I’m trying to take advantage of it.”— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) November 15, 2018
Andy Andreoff on getting more ice time and taking a leadership role on the team. #BNGvsSYR pic.twitter.com/VX9v7ojc3k
Old soul Taylor Raddysh went back to where it all began the other day:
Small businesses in the Syracuse area are going to get their own spotlight on December 7th.
Join the #SyrCrunch for Small Business Night presented by OneSelect on Dec. 7.— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) November 15, 2018
Participating businesses will receive a table in Memorial Hall, logo recognition and ten tickets to the game.
Details: https://t.co/kShJP1giva pic.twitter.com/S19Vab5cEr
Organizational forward Michael Bournival is on waivers, and has until noon to clear. This is surely a sign of his return to playing shape, which means that, as long as he isn’t picked up, the Crunch is that much closer to getting a valuable veteran back out on the ice.
The Crunch is starting up a Junior Reporter program, and is looking for applicants!
Lights, camera, action The #SyrCrunch have partnered with @NY529Direct to introduce the Crunch Junior Reporter program.— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) November 15, 2018
Five lucky kids will be selected to interview #SyrCrunch players or coaches throughout the season.
Apply now: https://t.co/7otcXlELhQ pic.twitter.com/A4FCIR6tgM
Dunkin Donuts, a Crunch sponsor, has some new things going on, and the team was there in a few Syracuse locations yesterday to help them advertise.
We will continue to celebrate the new espresso experience at Dunkin' on Friday, November 16! Guests can come try a free sample of the brand’s Iced Caramel Flavored Latte from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at participating Dunkin’ locations while supplies last! pic.twitter.com/CrsaqkDIcM— Dunkin' Central NY (@DunkinCNY) November 16, 2018
Defenseman Nolan Valleau, who is in Syracuse on a PTO, was on the Shootout Show Wednesday night.
#SyrCrunch defenseman Nolan Valleau was our guest on last night's Shootout Show. We learn about his path to the Crunch, where he now has three assists in five games while on a PTO. https://t.co/dTOyl3aNLt— Lukas Favale (@LukasFavale) November 15, 2018
The NHL Injury Ninja is demanding high prices lately. Vasilevskiy is just the latest in quite the collection of injuries. On the Washington Capitals, Braden Holtby, Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie are all hurt.
After being benched against the Bruins Wednesday night, it’s starting to look more and more like Zadorov is running out of leash with the coaching staff.
Is this a warning to the player that he’s got to make a few changes? Or is it more of an indictment of where he fits in to the long-term plans of the organization.
The Minnesota Wild had something happen last night that created the perfect gif to define “fortunate”:
Sometimes NHL general managers make trades involving players that need a “change of scenery.” In this probably great but pay-walled article from The Athletic, Craig Custance explores these kinds of trades.
Steve Dangle’s book is available for pre-order.
My book is available for preorder! Have I mentioned that? I might have mentioned that. https://t.co/1YAkKtMTra— Steve Dangle Glynn (@Steve_Dangle) November 15, 2018
This is all getting a little heavy today, so let’s end it with this fun vintage ad from Bobby Hull and CCM:
Black Hawks superstar Bobby Hull has teamed up with hockey equipment manufacturer CCM to put out a new line of kids hockey gear, available nationwide in the US and Canada. pic.twitter.com/63LKCgrPBL— 1968 Hockey Tweets (@1968NHLtweets) November 15, 2018
Okay, I lied - considering all the snow the east coast has had, we’ll end it here, instead: