Quick Strikes: Warm up rituals with Yanni Gourde, via the Bolts’ beat writer
Tampa Bay Lightning writer Bryan Burns unpacks the interesting rituals of pregame warm up.
Bryan Burns, resident beat writer and anthropologist of the Tampa Bay Lightning, noticed something interesting about pregame warmups. He noticed that not only does Yanni Gourde fetch exactly one puck and pass it to a group of players to shoot on the net, but that the order in which he passes is very specific. Listen to this longer-than-usual player interview for a bit more insight into the ritual.
"I usually forget Conacher, but that’s on purpose." 🤣— x - Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) March 27, 2018
Yanni Gourde dishes on his pregame routine: pic.twitter.com/eVbqCkvH7N
Did you notice something about the order? I guess it’s obvious to a player or a fan: it goes Captain, Assistant Captains, and then by seniority on down the line.
Read the whole story here: Warmup ritual a precursor to the game for Gourde. “Once it’s time to begin line rushes, Gourde is the player tasked with collecting all of the pucks, centralizing them in one area inside the net and dishing them out three or four at a time to center ice.” [NHL.com]
Tightest race in years: Hart Trophy case for 10 (!) players. “Why he deserves to win: No one was better in the first half than Kucherov, who scored 64 points in 49 games heading into the All-Star break. He’s cooled slightly since then — and others have really heated up — but the Lightning forward is still ranked second in scoring with 96 points.” [National Post]
NHL Power Rankings: Where The Top Teams Stand. “Tampa is becoming a dangerous team on home ice, however, the key will be goaltending once the playoffs start. They are getting healthier at the right time.” [Murphy’s Hockey Law]
Lightning thinks it has answer to late-season funk. “It’s funny,” Callahan said. “We’re talking about turning it around. We’re first place in the division fighting for first place in the league. It just shows you the expectations we hold for ourselves and what the outside holds for us, the team we have and the start to the season we had.” [Tampa Bay Times]
More on the Brandon couple who got engaged at #TBLightning practice today. From linemates to life partners. https://t.co/xoTxz0I3eG pic.twitter.com/UsXdWbQNyw— Joe Smith (@TBTimes_JSmith) March 27, 2018
She said yes! Brandon couple gets engaged at Lightning practice. “They both love hockey and attend many Lightning games, including one last season when Marty St. Louis had his jersey retired. They play ball hockey (on the same line) together in Ellenton. Josh Dreith, a community hockey manager for the Lightning, is also in the league.” [Tampa Bay Times]
Steven Stamkos is Tampa Bay’s repeat nominee for Masterton Trophy. Actually we’d like him to no longer be in contention. [Raw Charge]
Tampa Bay Lightning ECHL affiliate update: Adirondack Thunder Week 24 in Review. “One series split later, they find themselves in the same exact spot they started. They are still two points out, but they have inched closer to securing an invite to the Kelly Cup playoffs.” Go Thunder go! [Raw Charge]
WOO! Eric Neilson is coming back to Syracuse. 👊— x - Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) March 27, 2018
He's going to skate in the Crunch Classic on April 14 and hang with us when we host Rochester for our final regular season game.
Details → https://t.co/nrm6KcB1zQ pic.twitter.com/Hs3qqtqG07
Ex-Syracuse Crunch enforcer adds muscle to charity game. “Ex-Syracuse Crunch enforcer Eric Neilson was known for his fighting ability but was also one of the must community-oriented players in franchise history.” [Syracuse.com]
CHL playoff updates, Lipanov makes his pro debut, Colton & Lohin finish atop their NCAA teams, and more in this week's prospect round up.— x - Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) March 27, 2018
📝: https://t.co/ggDuBrjN4P pic.twitter.com/nMZTItwJh2
The NHL’s Board of Governors has approved changes to Rule 78.7 (ii) Coach’s Challenge – Goaltender Interference.— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 27, 2018
The updated rule will be implemented for games as of Wednesday, March 28. https://t.co/5Crksan7xJ