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Roger Mooney's takeaways from Lightning-Hurricanes

Published Jan. 9, 2018

I'm amazed how a player can deflect a shot past a goalie, like Tyler Johnson did on his first goal. He once compared it to bunting a baseball, except trying to bunt the ball past the catcher. Also, it's a disk and his stick isn't as thick as a bat. And a batter doesn't have a defenseman trying to muscle him out of the way. Amazing.

I like how Jon Cooper is willing to juggle his lines, dropping Vladislav Namestnikov from the first to the third line. It's not like, say, benching your quarterback at halftime for a freshman during the national championship but it's a way to keep things fresh while trying to avoid becoming stale during the middle of a long season.

Former Rays 3B Evan Longoria, a huge Lightning fan, always marveled at the toughness of hockey players. Dan Girardi proved him right by trying to play Tuesday after taking a puck off his neck Sunday. He participated in the morning skate and the pregame warmup. He didn't play, but he did everything he could to try.


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