The Tampa Bay Lightning’s bye week has begun, and things have already slowed way down. Man. News was sparse, my friends. However, do not worry. Raw Charge already has a week of entertaining and provocative entries planned (you know you always wanted to get to argue over Ben Thomas’ Hogwarts house), so we have you covered.
The Lightning last played Saturday, so yesterday was filled with the usual reflections from players about their performance.
Lightning forward Yanni Gourde was pleased with his team’s last contest before the break.
"There's still a lot of work to be done and there's always going to be areas where we can do better, but I think overall [last night] was a good game."#SJSvsTBL | Yanni Gourde: pic.twitter.com/Hovchleek2— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) January 20, 2019
Defenseman Victor Hedman echoed Gourde’s sentiments, and in particular applauded his team’s ability to refocus and win.
On our ability to bounce back after losses: "It says a lot... Proud of the guys that we have here that we were able to refocus right away and bounce back for the win."#SJSvsTBL | Victor Hedman: pic.twitter.com/ftFg9dlYUU— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) January 20, 2019
Balancing emotions through the second half of the season and into the playoffs is essential for any NHL team, and coach Jon Cooper likes what he’s seeing in the Lightning at this mid-point.
"It’s better to play with a lead than without, but getting that fourth goal was huge for us because now they have got to push. But I like the way we weathered the emotions of coughing up the lead."#SJSvsTBL | Jon Cooper: pic.twitter.com/tiAneFdxOm— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) January 20, 2019
The Syracuse Crunch may have recently experienced a rough patch, but they are actually in a very similar position to last year’s team at this point (and that team went on to be one of the best in Syracuse history).
As the #SyrCrunch are at the halfway point of the regular season, here are some numbers to digest on this snowy Sunday. The Crunch are 22-13-2-1 (47 points | 0.618 pts %). At this the halfway mark last year they were 23-12-1-2 (49 pts | 0.645 pts %). Third place both years— Lukas Favale (@LukasFavale) January 20, 2019
The #SyrCrunch have 142 goals in 38 games (3.74 goals per game - 1st) and have allowed 108 (2.84 goals against per game - T-5th) for a +34 goal differential. At this time last year they had 131 goals (3.45 per game - 4th) and 103 goals allowed (2.71 per game - 5th)— Lukas Favale (@LukasFavale) January 20, 2019
Some of you may have heard about the weather we’re having up here in New York, weather that cancelled Syracuse’s game in Binghamton this past Saturday. Well, the Crunch game for later today is still on, and there’s deals to be had if one is looking to get out of the house!
After two days snowed in, get out of the house tomorrow for our Monday Matinee against the Binghamton Devils.— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) January 20, 2019
It's a 1 p.m. puck drop at the War Memorial Arena. We have $5 tickets available for children and students, additional fees may apply.
Details: https://t.co/746KlrS1le pic.twitter.com/wCCbp4hOjS
The Orlando Solar Bears have been putting together some great play as of late, and forward Chris LeBlanc is helping to lead the way.
Following a timeout called by Berehowsky, LeBlanc went to work. He proceeded to pick the pocket of a Stingrays opponent at center ice and carried the puck into the South Carolina end. He drove to the mid-slot before firing a shot that beat Defiel between the legs – a goal that his one-time volunteer coach in high school Mike Eurizone would have appreciated – for his fifth of the season to push the lead back to 6-3.
The Boston Bruins might need to do some juggling in goal. Tukka Rask suffered a concussion during their game Saturday night.
At the end of the day, losing Rask is quite simply awful for the Bruins. The potential long-term effects this could have on his career aside, the Bruins’ starter is the guy you want in goal during the team’s push for the playoffs this season. Unfortunately, he could be out for quite some time, which leaves the weight of Boston on the shoulders of Jaroslav Halak.
“It’s going to be really exciting, but I don’t really know what to expect,” said Chabot. “To go out there and meet some new players you don’t know and top players on other teams…I’m really looking forward to it.”
Thanks to their bye week being immediately after All Star weekend in San Jose, the Avalanche have nine days off between January 23rd and February 1st. While his Avalanche teammates are going on vacation, Jost will be going to California for an AHL road trip.
It was all part of Air Canada Fan Flight, a promotion that is run in partnership with all seven Canadian NHL teams. The program sees dozens of Air Canada employees – from flight attendants to pilots to ramp crew – surprise inspiring fans like Kaylen with flights and tickets to see their favourite Canadian teams play on the road.
Hilary Knight spoke about equality and the efforts needed to secure it in hockey - and to continue to ensure it - to the CBC.
When we went public, we weren’t trying to secure a better standard just for ourselves, but for the generations of women hockey players to follow. We encountered some negativity, but most of the world rallied to our cause. It took guts. We were vulnerable. But we took heart when women everywhere supported us, and also had the backing of our male counterparts in the NHL, NFL, and NBA. Senators from 16 states got on board too.
The ECHL has decided to rename the Kelly Cup Playoffs Most Valuable Player Award. They are now going to call it the “June M. Kelly Playoffs Most Valuable Player Award”.
During the early years of the ECHL, the Kelly tandem were the only employees of the League Office. As the administration and financial overseer of the League, June served as the backbone of the office, allowing her husband, Pat, to travel and build the League during its infancy.
It seriously seems like other country’s All-Star games are way more fun than our own. This segment in the KHL’s with Nikita Gusev is great.
It seemed like there was very little in the way of news today, so I just did a general search for “hockey” on Twitter. I found a series of tweets from Dartmouth Hockey about being snowed in. Apparently they got stuck in Ithaca (poor souls). The tweets are...enjoyable.
How long staying in one place before you can claim residency? Asking for a hockey team...— Dartmouth Hockey (@Dartmouth_MIH) January 20, 2019
I ventured outside of the Marriott camp in search of food. Unfortunately the essential local eateries remain closed. The men usually rely on gourmet waffles and tacos for sustenance, but the conditions have proven adverse to their dietary needs.— Dartmouth Hockey (@Dartmouth_MIH) January 20, 2019
Send tacos,@Dartmouth_MIH pic.twitter.com/dhGG9j7P6U
The local inn was able to procure enough food to feed the men for one more night. Departure is planned for the morning as the roads have been deemed safe for our caravan. Tonight we eat and tomorrow we move. The news has lifted the spirits of the men!#150YearChallenge pic.twitter.com/4q1KPPALjy— Dartmouth Hockey (@Dartmouth_MIH) January 20, 2019