Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Cooper: Game 1 a bit nauseating (w/video)

NEW YORK — Coach Jon Cooper said sometimes he watches film of a previous game and realizes the Lightning played better than he thought.

But Cooper had the opposite impression after looking at the 2-1 Game 1 loss to the Rangers in the Eastern Conference final.

"There's the times you think you played okay, and you watch the tape and you want to vomit," Cooper said Sunday. "And that was a little bit of how (Saturday) went. For two periods I thought we were a little better than we were until I watched the tape. The Rangers played extremely well, but we were stubbing our toe all night. So we were just handing them tickets to the movie, and we were a turnstile and watching them go by. We can't do that.

"We've got to be much better than we were. And I'm quite convinced we will."

D Anton Stralman said the Lightning was "night and day" worse than it was in its impressive performance in its clinching Game 6 win over the Canadiens in the semifinals. Stralman said it didn't manage the puck well, and its forecheck wasn't a factor.

"If you're going to go into zones and be one-and-done like we were (Saturday), we have no chance," Cooper said. "So we have to possess the puck more. It's been a big part of the reason why we're here, and if we're not going to do that, it's going to be a long night, short series."

LINING UP: C Brian Boyle, who missed Saturday's game with an undisclosed injury, did not practice Sunday, putting his status in question for tonight's Game 2. Cooper said Boyle remained day to day, and he didn't know if Boyle would play.

HOW DID CALLAHAN COME BACK SO FAST? How did RW Ryan Callahan recover quickly enough to play in Game 1 just five days after an emergency appendectomy? One reason, Lightning trainer Tommy Mulligan said, was his laparoscopic procedure, in which three or four small incisions are made; it is minimally invasive and does not cut through muscle, reducing recovery time "by weeks."

"There's nothing structurally that was involved," Mulligan said. "It worked out well for him."

Callahan, who had the procedure a week ago today, is not pain-free, Mulligan said, and "any physical activity you're going to do like that is going to put stress on him."

But Mulligan stressed that Callahan is not being given pain-numbing shots.

"It's not a secret about hockey players," Cooper said. "Surgeries have improved; the technology has improved, but you see the scars and bruising down there, you know he's in a lot of pain. I'm just glad he's on our team."

DANGER ZONE: C Cedric Paquette had a rough practice. First he took a shot off his right foot — the same foot that was hit earlier in the season — and skated slowly to the bench where, in pain, he slammed his stick on top of the boards. Next, teammate D Nikita Nesterov shoved him into G Ben Bishop and Bishop's stick jabbed Paquette painfully in the left ribs.

"You've got to watch yourself," Paquette said, adding playfully that practices are sometimes more dangerous than games. "Anything can happen like that. That's the playoffs, isn't it?"

Times correspondent Damian Cristodero contributed to this report.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper monitors practice at Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday.


Lightning coach Jon Cooper monitors practice at Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday.

Cooper: Game 1 a bit nauseating (w/video) 05/17/15 [Last modified: Monday, May 18, 2015 8:23am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Cup-winning Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk makes Hockey Hall of Fame

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman said Dave Andreychuk's name has surfaced often the past eight years with the selection committee.

    30 Oct 2001:  Left wing Dave Andreychuk #25 of the Tampa Bay Lightning skates towards the blue line during the NHL game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada.  The Maple Leafs defeated the Lightning 3-2.  Mandatory Credit:  Dave Sanford /Allsport
  2. Rays acquire slick-fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from Marlins

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Chaim Bloom said the Rays weren't necessarily in the market for a shortstop. The team has a number of those. But when the Marlins recently began shopping Adeiny Hechavarria, well, that was too much to pass up.

    Adeiny Hechavarria has emerged as one of baseball’s top defensive shortstops in the past three seasons with the Marlins.
  3. Rays at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Pittsburgh

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Pirates

    7:05, PNC Park

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Probable pitchers

    Rays: Alex Cobb (6-5, 4.05)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  4. Lightning journal: Forward Yanni Gourde agrees to two-year deal

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Just three years ago, Yanni Gourde was fighting to stay in pro hockey.

    Tampa Bay Lightning center Yanni Gourde celebrates after scoring against the Florida Panthers during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 11, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) TPA108
  5. What they're saying about Dave Andreychuk making Hall of Fame

    Lightning Strikes

    "Dave helped me so much when I was just starting my career, a young kid that was looking to find his way as a hockey player, a person and a member of the Tampa Bay community. In addition to watching him compile such awe-inspiring statistics, I remember him as a big brother to me and many others, making sure all the …