Saturday, October 25, 2008

Game 7: San Jose at Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay Lightning lost to the San Jose Sharks 3-0.

It's a sad, sad thing when you're best player - other than Smith, of course - is an 18-year-old rookie who's played only 7 regular season NHL games. Ever. Other guys had their moments of inspiration, but Stamkos was the only one who was consist throughout all three periods. And good for him. It's got to be hard for him to not just sit back a little bit and be a tad starstruck. Although, overall, his line was the best on the ice.

I have no idea what was going on with the top line, though. Prospal and St. Louis had decent games, but Lecavalier might as well not have suited up and played. He was completely invisible. That's strange, too, since it's usually an entire line that doesn't do so well - especially when the center isn't playing very well.

Smith, again, had a great game. The Lightning are lucky to have him - and Kolzig, too. Without those guys, the scores would be pretty ugly. They're giving this team a legitimate chance to win games, if the rest of the team is able to.

Shot on goal were again a problem. Both allowed and taken by Tampa Bay. Again, over 40 shots were allowed, but I would expect that that should go down as the season goes along. However, there's no real excuse to not shoot more. I mean, anyone on the bench can look up and see a shot clock in the arena, so it's not like they don't know. It also says something when the guy leading the game in shots for the Lightning was Artyukhin.

Seven penalties taken, too - including Malone's fight. (Malone's Lady Byng watch goes back to zero games.) Still, for the team, that's not as bad as it was. Any improvement is good at this point.

Boyle and Lukowich both had pretty good games. I thought that it was great that they were doing so well. Unfortunately, they were playing for San Jose. I wonder if the Lightning ownership is having second thoughts about that trade yet or not. Now that I'm thinking about it, probably not. However, I can tell you that Lightning fans are seriously regretting it - most of them from the moment that they found out about it.

So I'm seeing a pattern develop here that I'm not really liking. And, interestingly enough, it's a very similar pattern that was happening at the end of last season. I'm still trying to keep an open mind about things, though. It is very early in the season yet, so there's plenty of time to pull things together.

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Anonymous said...

A while ago I saw a Lighting vs. Thrashers comparison on southeast shootout, did you make that graffic? If so I'd like to know how you made that and where you got your information. I'd like to make some of those myself.

Cassie said...

I didn't make that graphic, and I'm not exactly sure which one you're talking about. But, if it was a simple bar graph, line graph or pie chart, you can create those in Excel. There's a chart wizard in the toolbar that will walk you thru it. You will need two columns of numbers to make it work, tho. Good luck!