Good for Petiot; now do it again
For whatever it is worth, Richard Petiot, who came over from the Maple Leafs in the Olie Kolzig deal, played a pretty good first game for the Lightning Wednesday night against the Senators. He had three shots, two blocks in 18:13 of ice time.
Just keeping it as simple as he could, Petiot said. Trying not to do too much. It is the classic response to a good first outing, especially when you did not really have any time to absorb the system. The key for Petiot is can he do it again?
"Like any good NHL player you have to have consistency," coach Rick Tocchet said. "You can't have one good game and three or four bad games. Right now you're looking for players you can rely on on a consistent basis to do the job in all situations."
The difference tonight, of course, is Petiot will be playing against his former organization. Can't really call the Leafs his former team because he was with AHL Toronto. But Petiot said he is "excited." It will be interesting to see if he can handle the excitement, not to mention the pressure.
Some interesting facts about Petiot's hometown of Daysland, Alberta:
It has about 750 people, he said, no stop lights, no stop signs, so "you can pull U-turns anywhere." There are two gas stations, one post office, one grocery store and four restaurants. The best restaurant is Bruce's Place. "The burgers are pretty good," Petiot said.
Other stuff from this morning: Karri Ramo is expected to start again in net. ... Tocchet is from Scarborough, a Toronto suburb. Always special to come home, he said. But Tocchet also revealed he was a Canadiens fan growing up. It was easy to like the Canadiens back then as they were pretty much a juggernaut and Toronto was struggling. Tocchet said he went easy on his friends, though. "I wouldn't be mocking them, but we'd play roller hockey and stuff, and I would always be Montreal. My friends would be Toronto. We know who won all the time." ... Tocchet said he still doesn't know why Evgeny Artyukhin got 14 minuets in penalties for his beatdown of Jarkko Ruutu on Wednesday. in fact, Tocchet said the situation is just what he was talking about when he criticized the GM's proposal to more stringently enforce the instigator rule. Artyukhin said he went after Ruutu because Ruutu ripped off his helmet, which made Artyukhin think Ruutu wanted to fight. So Artyukhin went after him and got four minutes for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct, I assume because Artyukhin hit Ruutu twice while down. Even so, Tocchet said, it was a situation where the instigator (Ruutu) was protected by the refs. "That's what I told the refs. If a guy does that to me, I'd punch him, too. Two and two, then get them off the ice. If you're the guy that started it, you deserve to get a couple extra cracks. If Ruutu doesn't go in there and Arty punches him, absolutely (Ruutu) should have the advantage. But nothing would have happened if Ruutu didn't go in there."