February 28, 2009

Tampa Bay Game 62: at Vancouver

The Tampa Bay Lightning lost to the Vancouver Canucks 2-1.

You know, for a team that has half of its players sick, they really didn't do too badly. If they'd been healthy (as in not sick, rather than not injured), they probably would've won this game. Still it was a good effort, I thought.

I'm guessing that Stamkos and St. Louis weren't sick, since they were the two best offensive players. Stamkos looked the freshest of everybody, and played very, very well. Ramo had a great game, too. The best defensive player was Lecavalier, despite not looking like he felt well. I'm including the defensemen in all of that, by the way.

Shots in the third period weren't that great. I think that the team lost some steam at that point. They'd played fairly well for most of the game, tho. But at least they limited Vancouver to only 25 shots - which was a vast improvement from previous games. And they weren't bunching up as much as they had been, but they were still doing that every so often.

As a side note, I have a bit of a pet peeve. The tv announcers for the Lightning made the homecoming of a few local boys to be a big deal. However, their geography was more than a little shaky. Seriously, if you're going to go there, then at least look at a map so you at least sound like you know what you're talking about. I'm sure that there was one in the phonebook in the hotel room. I can almost guarantee it, in fact.

Victoria Island? Abbotsford being south of Vancouver? Kamloops is the gateway to the Rockies? C'mon! I lived for eight years about 50 miles south of Vancouver in Washington State, and that's all kinds of wrong. Just for that, I hope that Mt. Baker hid behind the clouds for the entire trip out there.

Never mind. It'd take far too long to explain. It's just the local volcano, that's all.

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