March 1, 2009

Tampa Bay Game 63: at Calgary

The Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Calgary Flames 8-6.

Yes, you read that right - the Lightning won 8-6.

You might think that it was left over grudge match from the Stanley Cup Finals from almost five years ago. And a little of it might've been. But with the Lightning only having two players from that 2004 squad, and the Flames having just five, I think that might be stretching things a little.

I would also like to add that they just beat the third best team in the Western Conference, and sixth best overall in the NHL. They beat Boston just a week ago, and they were the best team in the Eastern Conference and the second best overall in the NHL. I think they're finally getting it together.

Not only did the Lightning look just as good as Calgary, but even better than the Flames for stretches of the game. They had a great power play, were much better with taking shots, and had were skating really well. The flip side is that they weren't that great with faceoffs, they still allowed almost 40 shots, and their penalty kill wasn't that nice. Which just goes to show that you can play a great game and still need to improved in some areas. You don't have to be perfect, or have the perfect situation, to win, after all.

What was nice was that their scoring came from all over. Sure, the bulk of it came from their top two lines, but isn't that what they're supposed to be doing? It was good to see that it didn't just come from one or two guys is all. Although, I suppose any one of them would've liked to have scored five or six goals all by themselves.

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