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“They’ve had our number”

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Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper looks on during the third period of a 4-2 loss to the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. 
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The Bolts

The Tampa Bay Lightning fell to the Boston Bruins 4-2 on Thursday night, losing top spot in the Atlanic Division as a result. [Raw Charge]

The Lightning continued to play well in the third and momentarily looked to have tied the game as Alex Killorn scored on a wrap around. The goal was immediately called off for goalie interference on Anthony Cirelli. Cirelli was camped in the crease as Killorn scored the goal and at first, it seemed an obvious call...

Yanni Gourde continues his surprisingly electric season with a milestone point in the game against Boston.

Two of the Lightning’s top boys have been dealing with injuries lately but it’s a good sign to see that both Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman played against Boston. Heddy even chipped in on the scoresheet! [Tampa Bay Times]

“It’s something that’s been nagging for a little bit,” Stamkos said before the game. “But it’s nothing serious. I felt a lot better (Thursday), so good to go.”

Head coach Jon Cooper was encouraged by the second and third period against Boston, but going down two in the first is never a recipe for success.

Sorry, Coop.

Yours truly joined Matt Esteves for a hotly debated episode of Charged Up: a Raw Charge Podcast. Plyoff opponents, analysis of play, we go all over the place in this episode. [Raw Charge]

Our friend-enemies over at Stanley Cup of Chowder have a new podcast! “UnSoupervised” brought GeoFitz4 on to be their first ever guest! Give it a listen. [link]

The Prospects

Daniel Walcott is the Man of the Year.

Yes, yes, I know you already knew that but he’s getting an actual award this time.

Ugh, just read the article and you’ll see, promise. [Syracuse]

The Syracuse Crunch has named forward Daniel Walcott as its winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his contributions to the community during the 2017-18 season.

Some Tampa Bay Lightning prospects are awaiting the next round of the playoffs, others are in the middle of a fierce battle, a few are injured, and there’s one who’s fate needs to be decided. [Raw Charge]

The Boston University Terriers have been eliminated from the NCAA tournament, as Terriers were no match for Wolverines. Defenseman Johnathan MacLeod’s senior year ends with only three assists in 23 games. The Lightning now have until August 15th to sign him. After that he will be a free agent.

Look, Mom! (yes, I’m refering to you, Acha) Reid McNeill is on the TV! [CNY Central]

There’s three weeks left in the season, so how’s the Crunch preparing for another postseason push?

Syracuse Defenseman Reid McNeill joined us live in studio to dive into what the Crunch has cooking going forward!

Reid “Weatherman” McNeill!

Foote’s season is over BUT he is not eligible to play in the AHL until he is 20, not even as a try-out. [Dems Da Rulz]

The Game

Have you ever heard of Scott Foster? You’re about to.

With goaltenders Anton Forsberg and Collin Delia both down for the count due to injuries, the Chicago Blackhawks needed someone they could count on. So they literally called accountant and emergency back-up goalie Scott Foster to help close out a game against the Winnipeg Jets. Foster stopped seven of seven shots, including one against Patrick Laine! Talk about a night for the 36-year-old Western Michigan University grad from over a decade ago. [Sportsnet]

“A few hours ago I was sitting on the computer typing on a 10-key, and now I’m standing in front of you guys having just finished 14 1/2 minutes of NHL hockey,” [Foster] cracked.

We’re going to go through every tweet that I saw from this night because not one can tell the entire story (Steve Dangle tried).

Look at Q’s face!

I know he’s not even the good Stastny but still!

The Lightning aren’t playing in this game, Steven.

“I made about 30 saves in a 1-0 win” This guy is hilarious.

Never had a save percentage above .900 in his life and he shuts out arguably the best team in the NHL for almost an entire period at the age of 36. Unbelieveable.

Highlight of the Night: Sid, you are second fiddle tonight and you will like it!