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Tuesday night’s win against Ottawa was huge for the Lightning in the respect that the team faced adversity in the third period once again, but managed to come out on top. Ultimately, the team earned two important points against a desperate Ottawa squad.
Tonight’s opponent – Carolina – was able to come back against the Lightning in the last meeting on November 23rd in Raleigh, so it’s important for Tampa Bay to get a lead and hold it tonight.
“The last time we played Carolina in Raleigh we were paralyzed in the third period and we must protect the puck tonight,” Tortorella said. “We need to try to inflict instead of being inflicted upon.”
Tortorella spent a good deal of time discussing his team’s defense today, with young players such as Shane O’Brien, Paul Ranger, Mike Lundin and Doug Janik being counted upon to play a lot of minutes in Dan Boyle’s absence. Tortorella pointed out that the D corps ranks among the league’s top 10 in scoring, and the minutes being played now would benefit the club down the road when Boyle returns.
On Lundin, the youngest of the defensemen, Tortorella said the best thing he’s done now that he’s in the team’s top four is let mistakes roll off his shoulders and not affect the next play.
“I didn’t know who the hell he was,” Tortorella admitted about Lundin at training camp.
Former Lightning captain Rob Zamuner was a surprise guest at the morning skate today. Zamuner, who still ranks in the team’s top five in games played, currently works with his father at the family welding shop in Ontario but still likes to visit Tampa when possible.
Also in attendance this morning was Dan Moriarty from NHL Productions. The former “NHL Cool Shots” host interviewed Brad Richards and Vincent Lecavalier together in the Lightning locker room, then took Martin St. Louis back to the equipment room for “Inside The NHL” which will air as the pre-game show tonight on HDNet. HDNet will also carry Saturday’s game against the Islanders.