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Stamkos' has to be injured, there can be no other explanation for a captain of a top team having a whole playoff series with the effort he has shown. And the effort, and lack thereof, has trickled down throughout the team. Standing around the perimeter firing shots into Detroit players, rather than get down and dirty and greasy in front of the net, is what has doomed this team. Bishop has been average, but getting shutout twice in a week by Petr Mrazek is beyond understandable. noidea.gif

Cooper has been badly outcoached by Babcock and needs to do some soul searching himself. But it's more on these players. Yes, the refereeing has changed from the regular season. More holding, interference, clutching and grabbing, and we have not adjusted. It has negated our speed and dragged us down to Detroit's level.

Take Game 6 period by period. Leave it all on the ice. ATTACK the net, not shoot one timers from the point all game. Power play is useless, unless you take a Wing off with you, then we play better 4 on 4 with more open ice. We need Bishop to stand on his head and steal a game for us. Without a miracle comeback in Game 4, we would already be getting ready for a tee time tomorrow. Look in the mirror Bolts and realize your season now comes down to one game.

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The Lightning have been built to win with the rules that are enforced during the regular season. The holding, clutching and grabbing, the interference calls, all were penalties for 82 games. The NHL has now tacitly endorsed their referees to put away their whistles and let the lesser skilled teams resume the slowing down of the game and the speedier more skilled teams, and the Lightning have not adjusted. Yzerman will need to retool the team so that it is able to adjust quickly to whatever kind of game is being called on the fly, series by series. Otherwise we will become the San Jose Sharks East, a perennial top seeded team that is one and done in the first round of the playoffs.

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After the US hockey team beat the Russians in the Miracle game in 1980, the US still had to beat Finland to win the goal medal A loss would mean a bronze medal or no medal at all.

 

Herb Brooks made the following statement after Finland was leading the US 2-1 after the end of the second period.

 

“If you lose this game you will take it with you to your fucking graves." As he started to leave the locker room, he stopped, turned around and added, "Your fucking graves.”

 

US outscored Finland 3-0 in the last period to win 4-2.

 

The Lightning need to remember that and not to lay the egg they laid in Game 5.

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You can not keep going one and done after having pretty good regular seasons.

 

You will have to change this hockey team if this fast skating hockey style goes flat in the postseason because teams are allowed to clutch and grab.  What good is a great regular season record if you get swept by the Canadians and lose to the Red Wings because you went 1-3 at home in the playoffs.

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