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Lightning Round: Jon Cooper with his honest thoughts during and after loss to Pittsburgh

and the NHL’s Black Hockey History Truck Tour has rolled into Tampa

2022 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series - Tampa Bay Lightning v Nashville Predators
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - FEBRUARY 26: Head coach Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning attends a press conference before the 2022 NHL Stadium Series game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Nashville Predators at Nissan Stadium on February 26, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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“It was unacceptable to come out like we did. But, Pittsburgh was exceptional. Give them credit, they came in, a game I’m sure they circled on their calendar, and imposed their will on us and we had no answer.” This is what Jon Cooper said after a 5-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at home on Thursday night. That wasn’t all he said, as he was also ejected over criticizing the officiating late in the second period. And yes, we have the video.

Here is the recap by Matt, covering the entire game in much more detail than I have here. [Raw Charge]

“The Tampa Bay Lightning fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 on Thursday night. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare scored the only goal for the Lightning. Danton Heinen, Sidney Crosby, Brock McGinn, Evgeni Malkin, and Jake Guentzel scored for the Penguins. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 35 of 39 shots while Tristan Jarry stopped 20 of 21.”

Brayden Point also got into a scrap with Kris Letang in the game at the end of the first period after the Lightning had put themselves down 0-2 once again with a slow start. Video down below.

The NHL’s Black Hockey History Truck is outside Amalie Arena right now! Go down and check it out if you haven’t already.

Here is a story from Dan Rosen on Corey Perry, his time in Tampa Bay, and the quest for a three-peat.

Greg Wyshynski has a story on the impact of hockey’s Russian backlash and what could be coming in the future, including quotes from Andrei Svechnikov, his teammates, Dan Milstein, and the IIHF. [ESPN]

“Most Russian people that I know, and especially hockey players, want world peace. Nobody likes the war,” the agent said. “They’re being discriminated against right now because they’re Russian. Their lives are being threatened.”

Here is a fun thread of some incredible moments in Hockey Twitter history. I honestly can’t wait for the bracket.

Nevermind, here is the bracket!