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)

Tampa Bay Lightning's Jokinen says he got "wake-up call''

SUNRISE — LW Jussi Jokinen credits a healthy knee for his recent modest uptick in offensive production, but he readily admits that the Lightning placing him on waivers last week was "a wake-up call."

"Obviously, it's not fun to be on waivers, but I had a couple good conversations with players, and it's good," he said. "They say I'm still a good player and I have to keep doing the things I do. Keep battling through."

Before getting a shootout goal Friday against the Panthers, Jokinen, 25, had just 12 points (six goals) this season after scoring 42 (16 goals) with the Lightning and Dallas last season. After being placed on waivers Dec. 19 (he cleared two days later), he had points in consecutive games and won nine of 11 faceoffs on Tuesday against Pittsburgh. Interim coach Rick Tocchet had been critical of Jokinen's efforts in puck battles.

"I knew I wasn't playing the way I can play," said Jokinen, who hadn't scored in 17 games entering Friday and had four points in that span. "I think the last couple games I've been playing better, but I think there is more I can do. It's good to play when every strike doesn't hurt you."

NOT READY: Emergency callup Karri Ramo remains with the Lightning as backup G Olie Kolzig rehabilitates an upper-body injury. Kolzig traveled with the team to Sunrise and worked out with trainers off-ice during the morning skate.

"He's gotten a little bit better but not to the point where we want him," Tocchet said.

Ramo doesn't figure to see the ice soon. Starter Mike Smith is among the league leaders in save percentage and goals-against average and is likely to start again tonight against the Panthers at the St. Pete Times Forum. "He deserves to," Tocchet said.

ODDS AND ENDS: The Lightning scratched Ryan Craig (healthy). Florida scratched Anthony Stewart and former Lightning Jassen Cullimore. … C Nick Tarnasky, whom the Lightning traded to Nashville in the preseason, played against his former team for the first time and fought Evgeny Artyukhin in the second period. Artyukhin, who made a wiping-hands motion to Tarnasky as he was escorted from the ice by an official, incurred a 10-minute misconduct.

Tampa Bay Lightning's Jokinen says he got "wake-up call'' 12/26/08 [Last modified: Saturday, December 27, 2008 5:17pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays beat Orioles, but tough stretch looms that could change their plans (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Tuesday was a step back in the right direction for the Rays, who halted a season-high five-game losing streak by hanging on — and we mean that pretty much literally — for a 5-4 win over the Orioles.

    The Rays’ Tim Beckham celebrates with Mallex Smith after hitting a three-run homer in the second inning for a 5-0 lead.
  2. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    Rookie RHP Jake Faria had his lucky rubber duck — OG, the original one he has had since high school — with him, and the Rays had nothing to worry about as he put his rocky Wednesday outing well behind him, working into the eighth while scattering seven hits.

  3. Rays journal: Rookie Jacob Faria continues to show veteran poise

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Orioles threatened in the first inning and the second. They loaded the bases with one out in the fifth inning with the top of the order up and seemed poised for a big inning. But those opportunities produced only one run because Rays rookie RHP Jacob Faria kept his composure and got the …

    Jacob Faria goes a career-high 71/3 innings, staying composed when the Orioles threaten.
  4. Rays vs. Orioles, 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, Tropicana Field


    Today: vs. Orioles

    12:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM

    Tickets: $15-$275; available at Tropicana Field box office,, surcharge of up to $5 within 5 hours of game time.

    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)
  5. Bruce Arena blends intense demands with humor to lead U.S. soccer


    SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Bruce Arena bites his fingernails religiously, a habit he has had since age 10.

    Among some other unmentionables.

    Bruce Arena