Quick Strikes: The Lightning wins, Syracuse signs defenseman Nolan Valleau to a PTO.
The defenseman should be a solid signing for the ailing Crunch.
The Lightning were back at Amalie Arena last night, taking on the New Jersey Devils. The night started out strong, with Krystof making the ol’ pipes sing one of the most recognizable tunes everywhere to young (and young at heart) witches and wizards still hoping for their Hogwarts letter.
This does nothing except bring a giant smile to my face. #HarryPotter pic.twitter.com/r5UqBubpet— Matthew Esteves (@mattesteves89) October 30, 2018
Things then took on a sober tone, as the Lightning held a moment of silence for those senselessly and heartlessly killed in Pittsburgh this past Saturday.
For Pittsburgh.#StrongerThanHate pic.twitter.com/VQz3L9ZV9I— tampa BOO lightning 👻 (@TBLightning) October 30, 2018
Pregame, the focus of the night shifted around a bit, but it often landed on Devils’ forward Brian Boyle, whose cancer is now in remission.
Brian Boyle was asked about the support he received from #Bolts fans at the All-Star Game and throughout the NHL in his battle with cancer. His response: pic.twitter.com/hCgk6ZG8UP— Bryan Burns (@BBurnsNHL) October 30, 2018
Boyler is certainly one that will be hard to forget, and we’re so happy he’s doing well.
Cooper on news that Boyle is in remission: "We play a game and coach a game that we love, but when people's lives come into question, it makes you reflect on other things that are a little bit more important than what we do."#NJDvsTBL | Jon Cooper: pic.twitter.com/I5cg02xmba— tampa BOO lightning 👻 (@TBLightning) October 30, 2018
After all that, a game still needed to be played. By the end of one things were tied at two apiece. Braydon Coburn was the hero of the period for the Lightning, scoring both goals.
#TBLightning defenseman Braydon Coburn celebrates as he scores his second goal of the game and second goal of the season to tie the game at 2-2 against #NJDevils during first period action #NHL @TBLightning pic.twitter.com/asHVeEDev9— Dirk Shadd (@DirkShadd) October 31, 2018
From there, the Lightning roster exploded with points, with Brayden Point leading the way:
Here is another look at the #TBLightning @BraydenPoint19 goal 30 seconds into the second period to put @TBLightning up 3 to 2. Point also picked up three assists in the #Bolts 8 to 3 victory. #NHL pic.twitter.com/uumsx4xW0t— Dirk Shadd (@DirkShadd) October 31, 2018
#Bolts with multi-point games:— tampa BOO lightning 👻 (@TBLightning) October 31, 2018
At the end of the night the final score was 8-3 Lightning and the Bolts had another victory!
Lightning respond to a bad loss in Arizona by absolutely embarrassing New Jersey 8-3. Devils scored the first two, but Coburn tied it and the team took care of the rest.— Raw Charge (@RawCharge) October 31, 2018
The other news of the day was that the Syracuse Crunch added defenseman Nolan Valleau to the team via a professional tryout contract. Valleau had been with the team’s ECHL affiliate in Orlando.
Valleau has skated in seven games with @OrlandoHockey this season posting two goals and two assists along with a plus-6 rating.— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) October 30, 2018
Other Lightning News
November is just around the corner and our next signature taco belongs to @tjohnny09!— tampa BOO lightning 👻 (@TBLightning) October 30, 2018
Starting Nov. 1, you can order the Johnny B. Goode made with beef fajita, chorizo, chihuahua cheese, sour cream, cilantro, and chipotle ranch at all @capitaltacos locations. pic.twitter.com/1TTPohcofu
Other Crunch News
The Crunch is struggling. Justin breaks it all down for us in this week’s installment of the Crunch Corner.
All in all, Syracuse drops to the bottom of the standings and the season continues to mirror last season. The coaching staff is continue to preach that it’s a long season, but the reality is that the team needs to find their game before it gets away from them.
Struggles, injuries, and PTO’s....within it all is an opportunity to seize the day.
With an injury-ridden lineup, there’s a lot of opportunity for young players to step up for the #SyrCrunch.— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) October 30, 2018
Weekly Release: https://t.co/rsos7cTOtc pic.twitter.com/dvyGoycCDr
Today is the last day to bid on Mike Angelidis’ home opener 25th anniversary jersey.
#ChangeForChange is a fundraising initiative created by @MikeAngelidis and the 2014-15 Crunch that aims to raise money for pediatric cancer research at @UpstateNews. Donate to #ChangeForChange by bidding on @MikeAngelidis home opener jersey.— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) October 30, 2018
Bid now: https://t.co/drfu3SZTrD pic.twitter.com/OYuhgBYi4y
The Crunch will be honoring active military members and veterans this Veteran’s Day weekend.
We are hosting our Veterans Day Game presented by Falso @serviceexperts on Sunday, Nov. 11.— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) October 30, 2018
As part of the night, any active military members or veterans will receive a complimentary ticket.https://t.co/ZjT3JvuVsk
Fear the Fin, the San Jose portion of SB Nation, has a podcast called Blood, Sweat, and Teal. Their newest episode is simply entitled The Erik Karlsson Appreciation Hour. Give it a listen!
Hockey was not well known in France when Vegas Golden Knights forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare was young.
France, a country better known perhaps for its soccer, cycling and basketball, didn’t place a high priority on hockey and the sport was foreign to Bellemare until a sudden inspiration to take it up struck his sister.
”My big sister ... somehow she wanted to start hockey. Why? I have no idea why, where she heard of it, but so my big brother and I were like, ‘if she plays hockey, we want to also.’”
Why, yes, it is still only October. But, you know, first overall pick chances because, man. Because.
First overall pick chances: pic.twitter.com/Rt3ibijVgB— Micah Blake McCurdy (@IneffectiveMath) October 30, 2018
This gesture was nice. It’s a lovely design.
Hatred and discrimination have no place in Pittsburgh or anywhere else.— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) October 30, 2018
The Pittsburgh Penguins will wear #StrongerThanHate patches on their jerseys for tonight's game.
More information: https://t.co/HnZsm60Xt5
Help any way you can: https://t.co/43KzCgQxIA pic.twitter.com/TBEjycx7yq
This is nicer:
That's the plan! Details here: https://t.co/HnZsm60Xt5— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) October 30, 2018
Snot and balls and the Philadelphia Flyers. Yup.
Over the past week or so there’s been a lot of talk about the team needing a spark. We’ve heard terms like “sack up and play” and “snot and balls” thrown about, so it should come as no surprise that the Flyers have taken that literally and brought up Tyrell Goulbourne to the NHL to provide these absolutely crucial characteristics to the big club.
Josh Ho-Sang is rather unhappy in the New York Islanders organization.
“They tell me they want me to be a top-six forward up there, but I’m not a top-six forward down here, so it’s confusing,” he said. “Sometimes, it’s like you’re sprinting with a rubber band on. You constantly have tension. You run until you’re exhausted and then the band is going to pull you back. If I was going to say anything, it would be just watch. I’m just pointing it out.”
I don’t know what’s going on here, but some of you probably do, so...enjoy!
The shade....— Jesse Granger (@JesseGranger_) October 31, 2018
Nashville mocking the Golden Knights’ pregame show. #Smashville #VegasBorn pic.twitter.com/Loa6IzxJoI
Hardev hung out with The Shades of Hockey podcast yesterday:
Listen to Leafs are mild, Coyotes are wild by The Shades of Hockey Podcast on #SoundCloudhttps://t.co/DFMesoWdaj— Rasmus Sandin Appreciator (@HardevLad) October 30, 2018
The Laval Rocket of the AHL have a jet. A JET.
See @RocketLaval ‘s new official partner for winning away games;) Our magnificent Boeing 737-300 in the team’s colours! #Cleveland #Charlotte #Winnipeg #Nolinor #GoRocket pic.twitter.com/FOOxIFYz6M— Nolinor Aviation (@nolinoraviation) October 30, 2018
Most hockey teams do nights where they raise funds to fight against cancer. Some of those nights, though, hit home a bit harder than others.
Even if by some chance Hershey players don't have any personal connections to cancer, they do have a connection to it inside their dressing room. Bears d-man Logan Pyett missed two full seasons battling sarcoma. https://t.co/puRh8WsCxd— PATRICK WILLIAMS (@pwilliamsNHL) October 30, 2018
This week’s free AHL game is the Lehigh Valley Phantoms vs the Binghamton Devils:
This week's @FacebookWatch game of the week will be between the @BingDevils and @LVPhantoms. Watch for free on our Facebook page this Friday! pic.twitter.com/MTWRZL4DLD— AHL (@TheAHL) October 30, 2018
The AHL put out a “caption this!” tweet and some of the responses were gold:
Caption this. pic.twitter.com/hI58wokkvM— AHL (@TheAHL) October 30, 2018
Wait, this isnt quidditch!— Em Shaw (@EmShaw97) October 30, 2018
A spider! A spider! Huge one!!!! 🕷— Tom Larsen (@Tslarsen0317Tom) October 30, 2018
But to me, this was the winner:
The world's first levitating defenseman in hockey is having more trouble than he'd realize blocking shots.— ❄️ Bliztober ❄️ (@blizzard_wuffy) October 30, 2018
Steve Yzerman is partially the focus of this article about team Halloween parties. It’s by Katie Strang of The Athletic and therefore behind a paywall, but the picture on the article is worth a click regardless.
The Tampa Bay Times then kept up the Halloween spirit with their own article about the holiday, one that specifically referenced Lightning players and their favorite costumes.
Love the Halloween spirit. @JustinWilliams @FoegDaddy96 @ferdaddy27 pic.twitter.com/vzVQQgAL51— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) October 30, 2018
The shade here is kind of funny, gotta admit.
Well he did go as a banner for Halloween..... pic.twitter.com/r9ETAu4P7s— the Girl With the ❤️ Tattoo (@courtc19) October 31, 2018
Here’s another from the Syracuse crowd:
This is just wonderful:
Love it. Especially if that’s a paper lunch bag cover for the blocker. 😂🔥 https://t.co/gMIxrZ9HCc— The Goalie Guild (@TheGoalieGuild) October 31, 2018
And an awwww from last night:
Domingue's daughter is at the zamboni door dressed as a Fairy Princess. The smile when she saw her daddy @domingue35 was priceless.— Raw Charge (@RawCharge) October 30, 2018
To all of our readers out there who will be celebrating today: Happy Halloween! Have fun, be safe, and we hope you all don’t get too many rocks in your bags.
To those not celebrating, have a great day, too!