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Coach Rick Tocchet says perhaps patience will help figure out Vinny Lecavalier's right wing



We have seen the revolving door at right wing on Vinny Lecavalier's line, and so far there has yet to be someone to claim the spot permanently. On the other hand, even Lightning coach Rick Tocchet said perhaps no one has been given a long enough chance to shine.

Consider the Steve Downie experiment, which lasted one scrimmage. Or the Carter Ashton experiment, which lasted less than a game. Same for Stephane Veilleux. Now, it appears Downie, who on Wednesday played well with Lecavalier and left wing Alex Tanguay gets another shot. But for how long?

"Sometimes it's unfair because we're looking for guys to have instant success," Tocchet said before Thursday's game with the Oilers in Winnipeg. "Maybe Steve Downie, if he's playing hard, maybe I have to play him a week or two there. Maybe I've been quick to pull the trigger."

Added the coach: "I thought Downie did a real nice job. Obviously, nothing is given, but the way he played, he deserves a long look on that line."

Said Downie: "Lines have changed numerous times. I'm not looking too far ahead; just play my game and try to win games. That's what it comes down to." 

[Last modified: Saturday, October 24, 2009 12:15am]


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