Friday, May 25, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Penalty killing drains Lightning against Red Wings

DETROIT — The Lightning's penalty kill has been one of its strengths all season, as well as in its first-round playoff series against the Red Wings.

But the unit has been way too busy.

In the most penalized series in the playoffs, Tampa Bay has spent long stretches in the box, sapping momentum and chances for offense. During Game 2, the Lightning spent six of the last eight minutes of the second period killing off three penalties.

And in Sunday's 2-0 Game 3 loss at Detroit, the Lightning had to kill off back-to-back penalties early in the second and third. The Red Wings were 0-for-7 with the man advantage, but Tampa Bay was held to 16 shots.

"Just killing periods takes a lot out of you," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "It just disrupts your flow, it's taxing on your penalty killers, and often times your penalty killers are your power-play guys, players that log a lot of minutes.

"The other part is you're spending your whole time in your defensive zone. It doesn't matter they didn't score here, they didn't score here. You're still spending time in your own end. It's taxing on your goaltender, on everyone. When you take 4-5 in a row, it's not going to bode well for you."

Entering Monday, the 215 combined penalty minutes between the Red Wings and Lightning was 40 percent of all 563 penalty minutes in the playoffs.

NO DANCE PARTY: C Brian Boyle was trending on Twitter Monday, waving his arms like a chicken at Justin Abdelkader after the Red Wings forward refused to drop his gloves and fight at the end of Game 3.

But Boyle wasn't in the mood to discuss the gesture, calling it a "spur of the moment thing." Boyle did confirm that a fan poured a beer on him at the end.

"We've got enough to worry about," Boyle said. "We've got to play way better. We got pretty much manhandled."

Abdelkader said he didn't fight because his hands were taped due to an injury, and he didn't want to get another misconduct penalty that could spark a suspension.

Red Wings F Luke Glendening said the Boyle chicken gesture has been "blown out of proportion," but offered a slight dig.

"It's a hockey game," Glendening said. "It's not a dance off."

STAMKOS TALK: Despite a report from Canada's TSN Monday that C Steven Stamkos (vascular surgery) is unlikely to come back even if the Lightning makes the Stanley Cup final, there has been no change in his expected recovery time of 1-3 months.

And Stamkos' surgeon, Dr. Karl Illig, said while he can't talk specifically about the captain, players with his condition (Thoracic Outlet Syndrome) can return in two months, or less. Stamkos' surgery was April 4; the final is in early June.

"Definitely be possible to be back in two months," Illig told the Tampa Bay Times. "Often they are physically ready before that, just blood thinners make the difference."

NUTS AND BOLTS: G Ben Bishop, RW Ryan Callahan and C Cedric Paquette didn't practice, the team calling it a "rest day." Most of the practice focused on the power play. G Kristers Gudlevskis was recalled from AHL Syracuse as the first of what will likely be several "black aces."

Contact Joe Smith at [email protected],com. Follow @TBTimes_JSmith.

Comments
Steve Yzermanís summer plans: Make the Lightning better

Steve Yzermanís summer plans: Make the Lightning better

TAMPA — Captain Steven Stamkos said the Lightning's window for contending for a Stanley Cup championship is not closing."I think it's wide open," he said one day after the Lightning lost Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final to the Capitals.Ge...
Updated: 4 hours ago
When will the Lightning run out of wait-til-next-years?

When will the Lightning run out of wait-til-next-years?

TAMPA — Disbelief will eventually give way to acceptance.The Lightning isn't there yet.It isn't there yet in a lot of ways.Will it ever be?Just wondering.Really, what guarantees are there?Late Wednesday, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechki...
Published: 05/24/18
Fight off the frustration, Lightning, and donít panic

Fight off the frustration, Lightning, and donít panic

TAMPA — Don't change a thing.Don't blow it up. Don't fire anyone. Don't overreact.Thursday was not an easy day in Lightning Land. It was the day after the end of a season that ended much too soon. It was a day when bags were packed, questions w...
Published: 05/24/18
Lightning journal: Ryan Callahan, among others, played hurt

Lightning journal: Ryan Callahan, among others, played hurt

TAMPA — Not surprisingly, several Lightning players went through the playoffs with what general manager Steve Yzerman called "significant injuries."He would not elaborate Thursday on who they were, though he said that information will be made p...
Published: 05/24/18
Lightning fans leaving Game 7 early: Understandable or bad form?

Lightning fans leaving Game 7 early: Understandable or bad form?

TAMPA — Lightning fans were heading for the exits with three minutes remaining in Tampa Bay's 4-0 loss to Washington Wednesday in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final. Understandable given the disappointment of not reaching the Stanley C...
Published: 05/24/18
The single biggest reason Tampa Bay isnít headed to the Stanley Cup final

The single biggest reason Tampa Bay isnít headed to the Stanley Cup final

TAMPA — Washington is on to Vegas. The Lightning is not. So we asked the Times' Lightning coverage team for the single biggest reason Tampa Bay isn't headed to the Stanley Cup final. Here's their answers:Roger Mooney, staff writer: Th...
Published: 05/24/18
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Scoring drought brings Lightning season to a close

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Scoring drought brings Lightning season to a close

The Lightning will miss out on the Stanley Cup final after being shut out by the Capitals in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final. The Bolts were the highest-scoring team during the regular season but failed to score in almost all of the final eigh...
Published: 05/24/18
Postgame reactions from Lightningís Game 7 loss to the Capitals

Postgame reactions from Lightningís Game 7 loss to the Capitals

The Lightning was shut out once in the first 97 games of the season, the playoffs included. Then it was shut out during the last two games of the Eastern Conference final, including 4-0 on Wednesday to the Capitals in Game 7.Here are some postgame re...
Published: 05/24/18
Lightning journal: A rare fight to this finish

Lightning journal: A rare fight to this finish

TAMPA — After Alex Ovechkin's goal 62 seconds into Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final Wednesday, the next highlight was an extended fight between Lightning D Braydon Coburn and Capitals RW Tom Wilson, with a two-minute break for them to spe...
Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/24/18
Lightningís season ends one win short of Stanley Cup final with 4-0 loss to Capitals

Lightningís season ends one win short of Stanley Cup final with 4-0 loss to Capitals

TAMPA — The Lightning's dream season ended late Wednesday with the final horn, or, if you prefer, early in the second period of Game 5, when it scored its last goal of the Eastern Conference final.How about that? The team with the most regular-...
Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/24/18