On Tuesday the Tampa Bay Lightning started their practice with a video session and then worked on special teams. Afterwards, they spoke to the media and were saying all of things you would expect from a team that didn’t have their best night on the ice.
“We gotta be the ones to push the pace” - Nick Paul
“We know what we need to do to be a good hockey team” - Pat Maroon
“Forget about that game, there’s nothing we can do about it” Pierre Eduoard-Bellemare
Head coach Jon Cooper referred to the game as an “aberration” and pointed out that things weren’t THAT bad at 5v5 (they weren’t that great either). Like he has following losses in the previous two postseasons he’s banging the “turn the page” drum. That rhythm has been a good one for the Lightning as they’ve done pretty well after suffering a defeat in the playoffs:
Tampa Bay Lightning after a loss, 2020 and 2021 postseasons:— Michael Wax (@MichaeljWax) May 3, 2022
14-0, 3.36 GF/GP, 1.36 GA/GP
Andrei Vasilevskiy after a loss, 2020 and 2021 postseasons:
14-0, .951 Sv%, 1.20 GAA
Tough loss, series isn't over though #GoBolts #TBLightning
Unfortunately, resting on past laurels rarely leads to future success. This year’s Lightning have to show, not just tell, that they can fix the problems that led to the Game One loss. Saying that they need to pressure the Maple Leafs is one thing, actually doing it is something else.
Much of went wrong on Monday was self-inflicted (the visual of the slow pass from Maroon to Mikhail Sergachev that led to a Sergachev penalty is dancing through my head right now) and, in theory, those problems should be easy to fix. Just stop making the mistakes, right? The only problem I see is that a lot of the problems they had on Monday (bad passes, poor puck management, bad zone coverage, dumb penalties), they’ve had all season long and haven’t fixed them yet.
We know that the Lightning have better in them. They can pressure the Maple Leafs. They have the talent to overwhelm Jack Campbell with shots. We even saw flashes of it on Monday, just not early enough in the game.
The spectacular failure of the five-minute power play seemed to throw them off their game for most of the night. With Toronto feeding off of the chances that early in the match, it felt like the Lightning were off-kilter for the rest of the night. Based on their comments, they know that, now, hopefully they can do something about it.
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Morning After Thoughts [Raw Charge]
There was plenty of blame to go around in the loss a Matt breaks down Game One.
Fines and a suspension [Raw Charge]
You get a fine! You get a fine! Kyle Clifford - you get to sit in the press box for a night.
Three adjustments the Lightning should make [The Athletic]
It’s pretty simple advice that can be boiled down to Joe Smith’s final point :
“Top Players Must Lead the Way”
The best players have to be the best players for the Lightning. That means Kucherov, Stamkos, Vasilevskiy, and Hedman.
Lightning have shown ability to bounce back [Tampa Bay Times]
The Bolts are 7-3 in series where they have lost Game One. That’s a pretty good stat. I like that stat. More stats like that please.
The post-practice interviews from yesterday:
The lines at practice were the same, but there was a small change on the second power play unit:
they are starting with some PP work … Maroon is out and Paul is in on the second PP unit— Gabby Shirley (@Gabby_Shirley_) May 3, 2022
Rob Dimaio named Assistant GM in Anaheim [Orange County Register]
Old friend, and Original Bolt, Rob DiMaio was named the Assistant General Manager for the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday where he joins his former Dallas Stars teammate Pat Verbeek’s executive team. Prior to this position, DiMaio spent 12 seasons in the St. Louis Blues organization.
Last Night’s Games:
Calgary Flames 1-0 over Dallas Stars - CAL up 1-0
Tonight’s Other Games:
Series: 1-0 Carolina, 7:00pm, ESPN, SN360
St. Louis Blues @ Minnesota Wild
Series: 1-0 St. Louis, 9:30pm, ESPN, SN360
Series: 1-0 L.A., 10:00pm, ESPN2, CBC
Some Highlights from around the league:
Evgeni Malkin ends the longest game of this year’s postseason (so far)
PENGUINS WIN IN TRIPLE OT. MALKIN WITH THE DEFLECTION. pic.twitter.com/M9teb3BRIV— SB Nation NHL (@SBNationNHL) May 4, 2022
The Rangers thought they had won it in overtime, but I’m not sure you get more of a clear cut case of goaltender interference. The goal was overturned and the teams get going until Malkin’s goal.
After review, the goal is overturned so Sullivan is 1-0 on challenges in the playoffs.— Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) May 4, 2022
While it doesn't count, Kakko's pass from the ice was one hell of an effort. pic.twitter.com/3QatNsLg4q
Cale Makar doing Cale Makar things
Dave Rittich with the aggressive play